Top seeded USC Trojans held off an upset attempt by the No. 4 ranked California Golden Bears. USC's Nikola Vavic converts the game winning goal for the Trojans with 1:38 left on an outside shot to secure the win for USC. Cal had three chances to tie the game, but they could not get the go-ahead the goal. One of the final possessions resulted in a turnover where USC stole the ball with 45 seconds left in the game.
Cal's last chance came with seven seconds left and the shot from just outside five meters nearly slipped under the arm of USC goalie James Clark, but he grabbed the ball before it went past the goal line.
Cal looked good early on and actually held a 3-2 lead after the first quarter, and led 4-2 early in the first quarter. The game was close the entire way, but the problem with Cal was their front court offense which was not effective at all as they scored only two natural goals, and one of those was a one on one fast break by Aleksa Saponjic in the fourth quarter.
The offense started clicking when Cal was earning ejections where they went 4-of-5 on power play chances. That is how they were able to hang in, and almost defeat the No. 1 team in the country.