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USC Women's Water Polo Lose Thriller To Stanford

Carly Fasciglione |
March 9, 2015 | 12:08 a.m. PDT

Staff Reporter

The Women of Troy put up a good fight, but were unable to capitalize when they needed to most. (@Pac12Networks/Twitter)
The Women of Troy put up a good fight, but were unable to capitalize when they needed to most. (@Pac12Networks/Twitter)
The No. 3 USC Women’s Water Polo (14-2) sent their home opener against No. 2 Stanford (14-1) into overtime, but couldn’t find the energy to secure the win in their 12-9 loss Sunday afternoon.

The first period and a half of play was highly competitive on both sides, with senior Monica Vavic scoring once and playing solid defensively. The Cardinal began to pull away late in the second period while USC struggled against Stanford’s defense and were unable to take advantage of a few 6-on-5 opportunities. A goal from Stanford’s Kiley Neushul with less than a minute left int the half placed the Women of Troy in a 3-point deficit with the score at 5-2.

After an impressive goal through traffic from junior Jayde Appel, Stanford pushed back with another two goals to increase their lead to 7-3 in the third period. Goals from senior Eike Daube and Vavic gave the USC some energy, but a backhand strike from Stanford’s Ashley Grossman with 8 seconds left in the period kept Stanford in possession of the momentum.

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A powerful close range shot from Daube and a tough USC defensive effort pulled USC within one point halfway through the fourth period. Stanford stayed composed throughout the comeback, however, and continued to fire back with a goal of their own from Gurpreet Sohi. A Stanford turnover with 2:30 left in regulation placed USC on the offensive to tie it up. With just over a minute left in regulation, sophomore Stephania Haralabidis racked in her second goal of the day from long range, riling up the crowd and the squad. A save from USC’s goalie Victória Chamorro in the final seconds gave the team six more minutes to try and complete the comeback.

The Women of Troy's fight back from a four goal deficit, unfortunately, left them fatigued in overtime. Stanford took advantage and shifted the momentum back into their favor with two goals in the first period of overtime and another in the second. USC couldn’t manage to maneuver out of the hole again and Stanford was able to run the clock out and get the win.

Despite a 6-2 scoring surge in regulation time and a resilient comeback attempt, USC was simply outplayed by their Pac-12 rivals in the end. The Cardinal were able to work around the Women of Troy’s defensive setup early on, while USC seemed hesitant offensively and were unable to take advantage of crucial power plays that could have given the team their first home win. 

USC faces off against No. 7 Arizona State at Uytengsu Aquatics Center this Friday hoping to rebound from Sunday's tough loss. 

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