Nov. 19, 2005
Los Angeles - The fifth-ranked UCLA men's water polo team forced top-ranked USC into overtime but gave up a sudden-death goal to the Trojans to lose 7-8 in a wild MPSF conference match before a standing room only crowd at the Sunset Canyon Recreation Center on Saturday. With the loss, the Bruins drop to 18-7 overall and 4-3 in conference play, while the Trojans improve to 21-1 and 8-0 in conference action.
UCLA got on the board first with a goal by junior Logan Powell at the 3:33 mark, and the Bruins shut out the Trojans in the first period to lead 1-0.
Both teams exploded on the offensive end in the second period, as the Trojans and Bruins posted four goals apiece before halftime. UCLA freshman Patrick Morrison gave the Bruins a 2-0 advantage at the 6:38 mark, but USC's Jovan Vranes would get the Trojans on the board at the 5:59 mark to cut the Bruins' lead to 2-1. UCLA would tack on back-to-back goals by Morrison at the 4:55 mark and by junior Tyler Krikorian 52 seconds later to go up 4-1 on the Trojans.
USC would answer with two more goals of their own in the second period on consecutive scores by Juan Delgadillo, and cut the lead to 4-3. Junior Grant Zider scored at 2:47 in the second to give the Bruins a 5-3 advantage, but USC's Thomas Corcoran threw in a goal at 1:36, as the Trojans trailed 5-4 at halftime.
UCLA shutout out the Trojans in the third period, and extended its lead to 6-4 on a goal at the 2:01 mark by sophomore Matthew Jacobs.
UCLA's lead would not hold in the fourth period, as the Trojans held the Bruins scoreless in the last frame while posting two more points on the board. USC's Thomas Hale would score at the 3:54 mark in the final period, and Delgadillo notched his third goal of the match to catch the Bruins at 6-6.
UCLA had the final possession of regulation, and junior David Pietsch scored a goal as time expired, but the officials ruled that the goal came after time ran out, sending the match into overtime.
USC and UCLA would exchange goals in the first overtime with USC's Juraj Zatovic scoring at the 2:08 mark, and sophomore Justin Johnson posting a goal for the Bruins at the 1:20 mark to tie the game at 7-7.
After a scoreless second overtime for both squads, the Bruins and Trojans headed into sudden-death overtime. Hale would score the final goal of the match for USC, extending the Trojans' winning streak to 14 matches, and ending UCLA's 20-match home winning streak.
UCLA junior goalkeeper Will Didinger finished the match with 11 saves and USC goalkeeper Adam Shilling tallied 10 saves.
UCLA will be back in action on Sunday, Nov. 20 to take on No. 8 Pacific at 1 p.m. in the Sunset Canyon Recreation Center.
Team 1 2 3 4 OT Total UCLA 1 4 1 0 1 7 USC 0 4 0 2 2 8
UCLA: Krikorian, Morrison (2), Johnson, Powell, Zider, Jacobs
USC: Hale (2), Delgadillo (3), Zatovic, Vranes, Corcoran
UCLA: Didinger (11)
USC: Shilling (10)