Perry Scores Three In Waves One-Goal Loss To LMU
Sept. 11, 2010
MALIBU, Calif. - Tibor Forai's penalty shot with 1:20 left in regulation served as the game-winning goal in No. 8 Loyola Marymount's 7-6 win over No. 9 Pepperdine Saturday afternoon at Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool.
LMU's victory lifted its overall record to 4-1 and evened Pepperdine's season mark to 1-1.
The Waves trailed by one through most of the game before taking their first lead at 6-5 on sophomore James Perry's (Orinda, Calif./Miramonte HS) third goal of the game (and second of the fourth quarter) with 3:02 remaining. Perry received the ball while fighting off defender Charlier Horton in the hole and pushed an off-balance shot that floated past Lions' goalkeeper Andy Stevens, who was momentarily out of position.
Perry beat Stevens earlier in the quarter with a more traditional approach, wrapping a bounce shot around the far post that tied the game at 5-5 with 4:04 remaining. Perry now leads the Waves this season with seven scores.
Unfortunately, Pepperdine's lead lasted all of 18 seconds as the Lions quickly returned fire and capitalized on a 6-on-5 opportunity with Daniel Smith scoring his second goal of the game. His first goal gave LMU its initial lead halfway through the first quarter.
After surrendering the penalty goal, Pepperdine had two good looks at the net in the closing minute, but junior Nathan Castillo's (Newport Beach, Calif./Newport Harbor HS) attempt sailed high and then Stevens saved a shot taken by sophomore Spencer Hamby (Granite Bay, Calif./Granite Bay HS). Stevens finished the game with 11 saves, three of which were made in the final quarter.
Waves' senior goalkeeper Bryce McLain (Costa Mesa, Calif./Newport Beach HS) was equally strong in the net, coming through with a season-high nine saves plus three steals.
Pepperdine started the game in a 2-0 hole following Edgaras Asajavicius' corner bounce shot during the opening moments of the second quarter, but the Waves' remained in striking distance, receiving goals from Castillo and Perry (on a backhand blast with one tick on the shot clock) that cut LMU's lead to 3-2 entering halftime.
After the Lions went up again by two scores (4-2) in the third quarter, sophomore Danny White (Oxnard, Calif./Rio Mesa HS) scored his fourth goal of the year at the 4:14 mark, and then redshirt junior Travis Gough (Carlsbad, Calif./Carlsbad HS) delivered the equalizer with Pepperdine riding the one-man advantage.
But the momentum was cut short once again as LMU's Brian Flacks put his team back ahead by one at 5-4 and watched his goalie make two big saves to close the third period.
The Waves won't have long to reflect on Saturday's loss as they'll be in the pool all day Sunday at the University of La Verne for the Inland Empire Tournament where they'll battle Concordia (10:30 a.m.), Occidental (12 p.m.) and Pomona-Pitzer (4:30 p.m).
No. 8 Loyola Marymount 7, No. 9 Pepperdine 6
Team 1 2 3 4 Final
Loyola Marymount (4-1): 1 2 2 2 7
Pepperdine (1-1): 0 2 2 2 6
Loyola Marymount: Smith (2), Forai (2), Asajavicius, Flacks, Pusic
Pepperdine: Perry (3) Castillo, Gough, White
Loyola Marymount: Stevens (11)
Pepperdine: McLain (9)
Loyola Marymount: 1/6