No. 2 Cal Men's Water Polo Falls to No. 1 USC, 10-9
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  11/12/2005

Nov. 12, 2005

BERKELEY, CALIF. - USC's Juraj Zatovic scored with two seconds left in regulation to give the No. 1-ranked Trojans (19-1, 6-0) a 10-9 victory over No. 2-ranked Cal (18-5, 4-2) Saturday morning at Spieker Aquatics Complex. The Golden Bears had made a furious comeback in the fourth period and had tied the match, 9-9, on sophomore Michael Sharf's score with 10 seconds left in the match.

It was the third time this season Cal has lost a one-goal match to the Trojan's, falling to USC 8-7 in the semifinals of the SoCal Open, and 9-8 in the finals of the NorCal Open at Spieker Aquatics Complex.

USC's Ted Zepfel scored with 5:00 left in the match to give the Trojans a 9-6 advantage, but the Bears came roaring back. Junior Brian Kinsel scored from two-meters off an assist by Marty Matthies to get Cal within, 9-7, followed by junior Brian Bacharach's goal off a counterattack pass from Andrija Vasiljevic to get the Bears to 9-8 with 2:47 left in the contest. Sharf was finally able to notch his third goal of the day with 10 seconds on the clock on another counterattack pass from Vasiljevic, only to see Zatovic win it for USC with his skip shot pass Cal goalie Nate Bennett as time was running down.

Sharf and junior All-American John Mann led the Bears with three goals each, while Thomas Hale and Zatovic had three goals each for the Trojans. Bennett finished with eight saves for Cal, and USC's Don Ricci had nine saves, including a key block of a Sharf shot attempt with 44 seconds left.

Cal will next host No. 8 Long Beach State at 12 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 13 at Spieker Aquatics Complex.

USC 2 4 2 2 - 10
California 2 3 1 3 - 9

USC GOALS: Thomas Hale 3, Juraj Zatovic 3, Brandon Child, Juan Delgadillo, Pavel Valovic, Ted Zepfel

CAL GOALS: John Mann 3, Michael Sharf 3, Brian Kinsel 2, Brian Bacharach

GOALIE SAVES: Don Ricci (USC) 9; Nate Bennett (Cal) 8