The women’s water polo team looks to put a cap on its undefeated regular season when they host Cal in their final home game Friday. USC is 20-0 this season including 5-0 in MPSF play. Cal is 19-7 and 1-3 in conference play.During the season, USC has outscored their opponents 253-85. The team leads the MPSF in both offense and defense scoring an average of 12.65 goals per game while only allowing 4.25.No. 6 Cal’s most recent game was a 13-5 loss at the hands of No. 3 Stanford last week. USC has already beaten Cal twice this season, once in a 12-6 victory in the UC Irvine Invitational and again 6-5 in Berkeley. The focus for the Women of Troy will be on stopping the Golden Bears’ top goal-scorer sophomore Carla Carrega who has scored 53 times this season.There are two possible goaltenders for the Golden Bears. One is junior Madeline Trabucco and the other is freshman Madison Tagg who are both averaging 5.6 saves per game.On the offensive, USC is led by junior driver Stephania Haralabidis who has scored 50 goals to date which puts her at No. 8 on the career goals scored list with 172. Two other Trojans have scored more than 30 goals this season — junior driver Ioanna Haralabidis and junior 2-meter Brigitta Games with 33 and 32 goals, respectively.In the cage is freshman Amanda Longan who has appeared in 40 periods and is averaging 9.9 saves. She is joined by sophomore All-American goalie Victória Chamorro who is averaging 6.9 saves through her 32 periods of work.Friday’s game will not only mark the end of the regular season, but also the end of a career for the three seniors on the team. Goalie Alegra Hueso, driver Melissa Bergesen and driver Nicola Welch will be honored before the game begins.Looking ahead, regardless of Friday’s outcome, USC has already clinched the top-seed in the MPSF tournament which is set to begin for the Women of Troy on April 30.
The former head coach of the Black Stars, Kwesi Appiah, has explained that despite rumours of a rift between him and midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah, the player’s frequent absence from the side under his tenure was due to the certain “issues” the player had.He was speaking to Godfred Akoto Boafo in an all new Citi TV’s Face To Face which will on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at 9 pm.Kwadwo Asamoah’s relationship with coach Kwesi Appiah appeared to take a nosedive at the AFCON resulting in him playing just two times.The player came out to say that he was not comfortable with the left-sided midfield role assigned him.The Inter Milan player was then dropped from Kwesi Appiah’s squad for Ghana’s African Cup of Nation qualifiers against South Africa and Sao Tome and Principe last November.While some fans have expressed disappointment at the player’s frequent exclusion under Appiah, the former national team coach claims the player had his own problems, including injuries, which left him no option than not to rely on other players in Ghana’s quest to glory.“He had a lot of issues that people don’t know about. He really wanted to serve his country. He had an injury and that has bothered him. Even now he has to take some injections before he comes to the field.“Now the game is developing so fast and his exclusion and inclusion is based on his problems and the dynamics of the game.”