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February 22, 2019 (Irvine) - The No. 25 San Diego State water polo team (3-5) fell to No. 1 USC (14-0) 13-5 in the opening game of the Barbara Kalbus Invitational Friday morning at UC Irvine. The Aztecs fell behind 7-1 in the opening quarter and were unable to recover.
The Aztecs had goals from five different players: Emily Bennett, Maddy Parenteau, Shelby Kraft, Delaney Binette and Jessica Leckich.
The Trojans, who are a perfect 14-0 on the year, wasted no time and scored five goals in the first 3:15 of the game. Emily Bennett got the Aztecs on the board with 3:23 remaining in the first quarter, but the Trojans would score two more goals before the end of the quarter.
SDSU got the first goal of the second quarter to pull within five but that would be as close as they would get. USC scored the next four goals.
The Aztecs were able to outscore the Trojans 3-2 in the final quarter.
This is the first game where the Aztecs haven’t had a player with multiple goals.
The Aztecs will face the loser of No. 8 Arizona State and No. 9 UC Santa Barbara Saturday morning at 8:00 a.m. at the Corona del Mar Pool in Newport Beach, Calif. They play Friday at 4:15 p.m.
No. 25 San Diego State 5, No. 1 USC 13
Barbara Kalbus Invitational – Game No. 1
SDSU: 1-1-0-3 - 5
USC: 7-3-1-2 - 13
SDSU goals: Emily Bennett 1, Maddy Parenteau 1, Shelby Kraft 1, Delaney Binette 1, Jessica Leckich 1
USC goals: Elise Stein 4, Denise Mammolito 2, Maud Megens 1, Mireia Guiral 1 , Paige Hauschild 1, Sabrina Garabet 1, Alejandra Aznar 1, Kelsey McIntosh 1, Kari Jensen 1,
SDSU saves: Maura Cantoni 9, Mia Harris 1
USC saves: Unavailable