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No. 1 USC Women’s Water Polo Goes Big On Opening Day

Jan 29, 2022

LOS ANGELES — The No. 1 USC women's water polo team blasted out of the starting gates of its 2022 campaign with back-to-back 30-goal outings, exploding for a 31-4 win over Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in the season opener and then following that by tying a program record with a 33-2 victory over Occidental. Sixteen different Trojans scored across the two hefty wins to help top-ranked USC to a notable 2-0 start to the year.

Carolyne Stern manned the cage for the first game, hauling in seven saves to back up a stingy USC defense. On the offensive end, 15 Trojans would get to the back of the net, led by 2020 Olympian Tilly Kearns' five goals. She was one of three Trojans back in the water after taking time with their national teams for Olympic training, and all three played expectedly significant roles as they settled right back in alongside their Trojan teammates. Kearns would add another five-goal outing — matching her career high set as a freshman in 2019 — against Occidental, while Spaniard Alejandra Aznar got right back to business as well in lacing in two goals against CMS and then sizzling in three against Occidental.  Team USA Olympian Paige Hauschild, meanwhile, tallied six goals across the two Trojan victories with back-to-back hat tricks.

USC would score the first 17 goals of the game against CMS, and opened with a 9-0 start to the Occidental affair to take complete control in each contest. Against the Tigers, Erin Tharp capped up in the cage, going the distance and giving up just two goals while hauling in four saves to anchor that hefty victory. On the offensive end, Mireia Guiral matched Kearns' output with five goals for the Trojan cause. USC's 33 goals against Occidental tied the program record for single-game goals, set back in 2015.

True freshmen Honnie Vandeweghe-O'Shea and Isabel Zimmerman made their presence known with goals in both games today.

USC's next competition bring Fresno State to Uytengsu Aquatics Center for a 5 p.m. faceoff on Friday (Feb. 4). From there, USC heads to Westwood for a nonconference meeting against San José State at 10:20 a.m. on Saturday (Feb. 5) at the UCLA Mini Invite.

- With four goals vs. CMS, Téa Poljak set a new career high.
- With five goals vs. CMS and vs. Occidental, Tilly Kearns matched her career high.
- Freshmen Isabel Zimmerman and Honnie Vandeweghe-O'Shea scored their first career goals as Trojans vs. CMS.
- Freshman Adeline Jackson scored her first career goals as a Trojan vs. Occidental
- Vandeweghe-O'Shea next tallied her first multiple-goal game as a Trojan with two vs Occidental.
- With three goals vs. OXY, Brooklyn Aguilera tied her career high.
- USC last scored back-to-back 30-goal games in 2015, when the Trojans had three straight 30-goal outings.
- USC's 33 goals vs. Occidental matches the program record for single-game goals, last recorded in a 33-5 win over Bakersfield on Jan. 17, 2015.

#1 USC 31, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 4
Jan. 29, 2022 | Uytengsu Aquatics Center (Los Angeles, Calif.)
USC    12 - 6 - 7 - 6 = 31
CMS    0 - 1 - 1 - 2 = 4
USC — Tilly Kearns 5, Bayley Weber 4, Téa Poljak 4, Paige Hauschild 3, Alejandra Aznar 2, Mireia Guiral 2, Sabrina Garabet 2, Grace Tehaney 2, Brooklyn Aguilar, Sophia Lucas, Isabel Zimmerman, Honnie Vandeweghe-O'Shea, Julia Janov, Claire Haas, Christina Crum.
CMS — Mia Adsen, Olivia Cairns, Cooper McKenna, Emma Brezoczky.
SAVES: Carolyne Stern (USC) 7, Jessica Salaz (CMS) 2 [1st half], Ruth Efe (CMS) 1 [2nd half], Maribella Munoz-Jimenez (CMS) [last 4:00].

#1 USC 33, Occidental 2
Jan. 29, 2022 | Uytengsu Aquatics Center (Los Angeles, Calif.)
USC    10 - 9 - 8 - 6 = 33
OXY    1 - 0 - 1 - 0 = 2
USC — Mireia Guiral 5, Tilly Kearns 5, Alejandra Aznar 3, Paige Hauschild 3, Brooklyn Aguilera 3, Claire Haas 2, Bayley Weber 2, Sabrina Garabet 2, Grace Tehaney 2, Honnie Vandeweghe-O'Shea 2, Julia Janov, Sophia Lucas, Isabel Zimmerman, Adeline Jackson.
OXY — Norah Ruvalcaba, Koko Butcher.
SAVES: Erin Tharp (USC) 4, Allison Smith (OXY) 4 [1st half], Alexandra Move (OXY) 1 [2nd half].