No. 1 USC remains unbeaten following wins against Brown, Cal St. Bakersfield
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -- No. 1 USC made a worthwhile trip to Bakersfield on Saturday, rolling up powerful wins in beating Cal State Bakersfield 19-6 and then turning around to take out Brown 16-5 for a victorious doubleheader. The undefeated Trojans improved to 18-0 and 4-0 in conference play.
Flexing the biggest scoring muscle on the day was USC sophomore Eike Daube, who rang up a career-high five goals in the win against CSU Bakersfield before adding a hat trick against Brown. Hannah Buckling also had a big day, getting to the back of the net with six goals -- a career-high four versus the Roadrunners and two against the Bears.
Against CSU Bakersfield, USC powered up with six consecutive goals, shutting out CSUB 5-0 in the first frame before Monica Vavic added one out of the gates in the second period to make it 6-0. The Roadrunners got on the board to make it 6-1, but USC followed that up with four more goals before halftime to lead 10-1 at the break.
The Roadrunners managed to outscore the Trojans in the third frame, tallying three goals following 6-on-5 advantages to make it 12-4 Trojans entering the fourth period. Daube punched in her fifth goal of the game on USC's first possession, followed by Vavic and Kaleigh Gilchrist's third each to go up 15-4. The Roadrunners got two goals to go in the fourth, but USC rang up seven total with Jayde Appel and Madeline Rosenthal getting goals as well to wrap up a 19-6 win for the Trojans.
USC got right back to it with a matchup against Brown. It was a 3-1 USC advantage after the first period of play as Olivia Cummins and Colleen O'Donnell joined the scoring action for the day. Brown got two through during the second, but USC was up to the challenge with four different Trojans getting to the back of the net to move ahead 7-3 by halftime.
Another four consecutive USC goals opened the second half, again with four different scorers on the case. Up 11-3, USC saw Brown manage another goal just before the last minute of the third. The Trojans answered with two goals in the last 40 seconds of the period on a power-play goal from Daube and a blast from Buckling to take the Trojans ahead 13-4.
Alegra Hueso took over the cage for Flora Bolonyai, with Bolonyai hauling in 13 saves in her seven periods of work. Only one more Brown goal got through in the fourth, and USC whipped in three as Cummins, O'Donnell and Daube completed their multiple-goal games to finish up the 16-5 USC win.