While Troy finds itself reeling after Saturday's defeat, there was more success to be found around the rest of the athletic department, as the Trojans went 8-1 in water polo, volleyball, and soccer games this weekend.
Men's Water Polo: The #1 Trojans joined their football counterparts in Palo Alto over the weekend and won the NorCal Tournament for the thirdyear in a row. It started on Saturday with a 22-1 shellacking of Pomona-Pitzer that saw Kostas Genidounias and Nikola Vavic score hat tricks while 11 other Trojans got their names on the scoring sheet. USC then defeated #8 Pepperdine 9-4, with Vavic scoring four goals in that matchup. Goalkeepers Ely Bonilla and James Clark shared time in the cage, with Bonilla making 10 saves in the Pepperdine game and newcomer Clark making 10 saves against P-P.
The next day, the Trojans found themselves facing much stiffer competition. In the semifinals, they had trouble against #4 Stanford, as the Cardinal pulled ahead 5-3 in the third quarter. But the Trojans responded with three consecutive goals to take the lead, setting off an offense-heavy fourth quarter in which the ball found the net nine times. With just three seconds left, Stanford scored a game-tying goal to force overtime, but after several blocked shots, USC junior Jeremy Davie scored the game-winning goal to keep the Trojans undefeated with a 10-9 OT victory.
This set up a NorCal final in which the Trojans faced off against the #2 UCLA Bruins in a rematch of last year's national championship. USC pulled ahead by three goals in the first quarter and kept at least two goals ahead of the Bruins until the final seconds of the game, when a UCLA goal ended the game in a 7-6 victory for USC.
The Trojans remain on top of the CWPA rankings with an 8-0 record, and will begin conference play with a home game against Cal this Sunday.
Women's Volleyball: Down in Texas, the Women of Troy extended their undefeated record with a flawless performance at the TCU Molten Invitational, sweeping all three games in the tournament against Prairie View A&M, Lehigh, and Texas Christian. This is the sixth time under current head coach Mick Haley that USC has gone undefeated in preseason tournaments. Samantha Bricio was named the tournament MVP with 33 kills and 20 digs in the three games.
With a 12-0 record and only four losing sets so far this season, USC is ranked #2 in the AVCA poll. Tomorrow, they will begin their conference title defense with a #1 vs. #2 match at Galen Center against the defending NCAA champion UCLA Bruins. They will then compete against #8 Oregon on Wednesday.
Women's Soccer: Trojan Futbol had a mixed weekend to close out preseason play. On Friday, they traveled to San Diego to face the USD Toreros. After falling behind 2-0 at halftime, USC rallied in the second half with goals by Jordan Marada and Elizabeth Eddy. Then, in the final minute, senior Samantha Johnson knocked in the game-winning goal off an assist from freshman Jamie Fink to get the 3-2 victory.
USC then returned home to face #19 Portland in their final non-conference game. Again, the Women of Troy fell behind by two goals, but in the 61st and 67th minutes, freshman Katie Johnson scored two goals to tie the game up. Unfortunately, the Pilots would take back the lead two minutes later and would not give it up again, leaving USC with a 3-2 defeat. This Friday, USC enters Pac-12 play with a 3-4-1 record and will play at home against Washington.
Women's Cross Country: Finally, the WCC team raced to victory in San Diego at the 2012 Aztec Invitational. Despite missing three of their top five runners, including co-captain Shelby Buckley, USC earned its first team meet victory since October 2009. Sophomore Erica Capellino won the individual title with a time of 18:11.5, with freshman Jenna Tong finishing in third place, 22 seconds behind Capellino. The team will take next weekend off before competing in the Stanford Invitational on Sept. 29.