USC overtakes Hawaii in double OT
Dronberger scores game-winner as No. 3 Trojans rise to 12-3
HONOLULU -- No. 3 USC captured an important MPSF win with a 5-4 double overtime victory against No. 5 host Hawai'i on Friday night in Honolulu.
The Trojans trailed 3-2 entering the fourth period, but fought back to tie it up. USC silenced the Rainbow Wahine in OT, and Kristen Dronberger scored in the final minute of the second overtime to lock in the Women of Troy with the win. USC improves to 12-3 overall and is now 3-1 in MPSF play.
Joelle Bekhazi scored twice in regulation for the Trojans, with Patricia Jancso and Sarah Van Norman also serving up game-tying goals as the Trojans were forced to play catchup throughout until Dronberger struck in overtime for USC's first lead of the game. USC goalie Flora Bolonyai had 12 goals down the stretch for the Trojan defense.
Hawaii scored first with a 6-on-5 goal, but the Trojans answered back with a power-play goal of their own by Joelle Bekhazi, tying the score 1-1 to end the first quarter.
There was little action in the second quarter, but following a penalty call on USC, freshman Kelly McKee scored on the ensuing penalty shot, giving the Rainbow Wahine a 2-1 halftime advantage.
The Trojans tied the score again to begin the second half off a power-play goal by Sarah Van Norman, but the Rainbow Wahine took the lead back 3-2 again after sophomore Amarens Genee scored with 1:32 left in the third quarter.
USC rallied back again in the fourth, tying the score 3-3 within the first minute of play on a blast from Patricia Jancso. But with 4:41 on the clock, Amarens Genee scored to steal the lead back from the Trojans again 4-3.
The Trojans answered back again with just two seconds left of regulation, following a perimeter shot by Bekhazi seven meters out, USC tied the score 4-4, sending the game into overtime.
Following a silent first overtime period, USC stole the lead in the second overtime period when Kristen Dronberger muscled in a goal with 37 seconds left. The Rainbow Wahine couldn't answer back in time and fell to the Trojans 5-4.