TEMPE – The No. 5 Arizona State University water polo team dropped its home and conference opener to top-ranked USC on Saturday afternoon, 15-6.
After an inclement weather delay pushed the game time back just about half an hour, the Sun Devils struggled to find any offensive groove against the No. 1 Trojans to fall to 9-5 on the season. USC improved to 13-0 with the victory.
Ao Gao had three goals for the Sun Devils while Liz Kreek and Katie Sverchek each found the back of the net once. ASU’s leading scorers, freshmen Alkistis Benekou and Izabella Chiappini, were both held scoreless in the contest.
The Trojans jumped out to a 3-0 lead to open the game before Gao stopped the bleeding with her first goal of the game. The team exchanged goals again in the first and the Sun Devils trailed 4-2 through one.
It was all USC from there, however, as the Trojans outscored ASU 11-4 over the course of the rest of the game.
E.B. Keeve had 12 saves for the Sun Devils in the effort, her fifth consecutive game with double digit saves.
Monica Vavic and Stephania Haralabdis each had three goals to lead USC.
The Sun Devils return to action next weekend as the team takes on #2 UCLA in Los Angeles on Sunday, March 9 at 2 p.m. PT. The game is schedule to be broadcast on the Pac-12 Networks.