No. 1 USC remains undefeated after 17-6 rout of No. 11 Loyola Marymount
WESTCHESTER, Calif. -- No. 1 USC blasted in 13 goals in the second and third periods of play to pull ahead of No. 11 Loyola Marymount for a 17-6 nonconference win on Thursday.
A second-period hat trick from Monica Vavic was a big spark for the Women of Troy, who got nine players in on the scoring to help keep USC's undefeated record well intact. The Trojans improved to 19-0 with the win against LMU.
The Lions had the reins on the Trojans through the first nine minutes of action, keeping it a one-goal game as Laura Lopez painted the corners with back-to-back goals to make it 4-3 USC just a minute into the second period.
USC surged back alive from there, however, and deposited six consecutive goals into the back of the net by halftime for a 10-3 halftime advantage. Vavic and Jayde Appel each tallied a pair of goals during the run, which extended to seven in a row when Kaleigh Gilchrist finished off a Kelly Mendoza feed to make it 11-3 Trojans early in the third.
USC continued to pepper the LMU goal with shots and scores in the third period. Lopez scored a goal for the Lions, but the Trojans got a spike at the post from Vavic for her fourth goal of the day as well as a five-meter penalty shot from Colleen O'Donnell, a 6-on-5 blast from Madeline Rosenthal, a finish out of a scrum at set from Appel and finally a smooth bar-in rocket from Eike Daube to take the Trojans ahead 16-5 entering the final period of play.
The scoring frenzy settled out in the fourth, with each team landing a goal apiece. Lopez laced another one in top shelf for LMU, but USC's Olivia Cummins answered with a cross-cage lob that wrapped up the day's scoring with the scoreboard reflecting a dominating 17-6 USC victory.