USC Earns MPSF Win; UCSB Hosts SoCal Tournament

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Sept. 24, 2012

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USC (9-0 Overall, 1-0 MPSF) Nikola Vavic delivered the game-winner with 1:38 left in the fourth quarter to complete a comeback home win over California, 7-6, in the first MPSF game of the year. Kostas Genidouanis scored consecutive goals to pull USC to within 5-4 and then tying the game at 5. James Clark picked up nine saves in goal. The outcome also gave Head Coach Jovan Vavic his 400th-career win. The Trojans host Princeton Friday (Sept. 28) and then face St. Francis in their first SoCal game at UCSB Saturday (Sept. 29).

UCLA (12-1 Overall, 0-0 MPSF) posted a 16-8 home victory over Loyola Marymount this past Friday. Paul Reynolds netted a career-high six goals on as many shots. Josh Samuels added a hat trick and Chris Fahlsing scored twice, as the former now owns 27 goals on the year. Matt Rapacz picked up eight saves in goal. The Bruins meet Santa Clara at 8 am Saturday to open the SoCal Tournament.

PACIFIC (5-3 Overall, 0-0 MPSF) Junior Balazs Erdelyi exploded for 20 weekend goals, including a career-high tying six on Sunday vs. Claremont, as the Tigers went 4-0 at the UC Davis Shootout. He now owns a conference- high 3.88 goals per game. Wins in Davis were against Redlands (12-4), Claremont (13-5), La Verne (18-6), and Cal Lutheran (21-11). Pacific meets Long Beach State in the first of four in Santa Barbara this weekend.

UC SANTA BARBARA (9-2 Overall, 0-0 MPSF) is this year's host of the annual SoCal Tournament. The Gauchos face UC San Diego Saturday at noon in their first of four games, a team they beat at home on Sept. 8, 18-10. UCSB is coming off a neutral site win over Concordia on the USC campus, 15-6, as Matt Gronow put away a game-high four goals. Ryan Baliani, Bryce Miller and Nicholas Jordan each tallied a pair.

CALIFORNIA (7-3 Overall, 0-1 MPSF) Aleksa Saponjic and Colin Mucahey scored twice, and goalkeeper Jon Sibley recorded 12 saves, in the narrow 7-6 loss at top-ranked USC last Saturday. The Bears' leading scorer is Collin Smith, averaging 2.90 goals per game (MPSF 6th). Cal plays Air Force at 10:40 am to open its SoCal run, followed by its second game against either UC Irvine or UC Davis.

STANFORD (3-1 Overall, 0-0 MPSF) reigning MPSF Newcomer of the Year Alex Bowen scored 11 goals as the NorCal Tournament host Cardinal went 3-1 and took third to begin their season (Sept. 15-16). After scoring six times in wins over Santa Clara (19-1) and UC Santa Barbara (8-7) Saturday, Bowen added five goals Sunday, including a hat trick in the third-place, 9-8 win over Cal. Stanford faces Princeton at 10:40 am Saturday.

UC IRVINE (10-1 Overall, 0-0 MPSF) takes on UC Davis in Santa Barbara on noon Saturday. Bojan Hrlec scored 10 goals at the NorCal Tournament as the Anteaters went 3-1 and finished fifth. He scored the game-winner with 29 seconds left in the second overtime period to give UCI a 12-11 decision over No. 5 UC Santa Barbara in the fifth-place game. Hrlec and Mitch Wise lead the conference in goals scored (32).

PEPPERDINE (5-2 Overall, 0-0 MPSF) split four NorCal games, with wins coming against Long Beach State (10-8) and Pacific (11-7) in the seventh-place game. Bence Valics totaled 62 weekend saves (15.50 SPG), including 21 against the 49ers. Stephen Loomis combined for 10 tournament goals, four vs. the Tigers,

LONG BEACH STATE (9-1 Overall, 0-0 MPSF) hosts Navy Thursday (Sept. 27), followed by a 9:20 first SoCal game vs. Pacific. Spencer White accumulated 10 goals, while Dan Matulis added eight in four NorCal games, as the 49ers posted three wins. They took out Pomona-Pitzer (16-5), UC Davis (10-9) and Loyola Marymount (9-7).

KOSTAS GENIDOUNIAS MPSF/KAP7 PLAYER OF THE WEEK

USC sophomore Kostas Genidounias (Athens, Greece/American Community School) scored two big goals to pull USC even and set up a heroic finish in a 7-6 win over No. 4 Cal in the MPSF opener. Genidounias scored back-to-back goals, including an equalizer that made it 5-5 in the third period. He also assisted on two other goals, and had four steals including a takeaway against a late Cal 6-on-5 chance in the fourth period.... Also Nominated: Paul Reynolds (UCLA); Balazs Erdelyi (PAC); Matt Gronow (UCSB)