No. 8 Pepperdine Collects Impressive 9-6 Road Win at No. 5 Pacific
Oct. 21, 2012
STOCKTON, CALIF. – No. 8 Pepperdine wrapped up its Northern California road trip with an impressive 9-6 MPSF victory at No. 5 Pacific Sunday afternoon at Chris Kjeldsen Aquatics Center. The Waves (10-6, 2-1 MPSF) post their second top-five victory in two weeks at the expense of the Tigers (9-6, 0-1 MPSF).
“This was a great win for the team,” interim co-head coach Willo Rodriguez said. We were led by the offensive firepower of Spencer Hamby and Bence (Valics) in the cage. Our training the past two the weeks on the tactics we were going to encounter really paid off today. In the fourth quarter we had two goals off the counterattacks which helped us in a place where it is very difficult to get a win.”
Hamby (Granite Bay, Calif./Granite Bay HS) matched his season-high with four goals, including a pair in the opening period. Matthew DeTrane (Moraga, Calif./Diablo Valley CC) added a pair, while Mike Tragitt (Clovis, Calif./Clovis HS) was the leading playmaker with four assists and a pair of steals. Stephen Loomis (Moraga, Calif./Campolindo HS) collected four steals to go along with a goal in the second quarter.
Pepperdine never trailed in the contest and held the Tigers to just one goal in the second and third quarters. Pacific closed the deficit to two, 7-5 with 2:35 remaining in regulation, but the Waves scored twice more to seal their second win against Pacific this season. Pepperdine set the tone early with three-goal outbursts in the first and third periods.
“The guys came out fighting with a lot of energy,” Rodriguez said. “We knew early on that they were going to fight back and this was a very important game for them.”
Goalkeeper Bence Valics collected 11 saves with seven coming in the first half. Valics also added an assist and a steal.
Pepperdine continues its four-game road trip when it travels to Westwood for MPSF action against No. 2 UCLA Thursday, October 25. Match time against the Bruins is set for 7:00 p.m.
No. 8 Pepperdine at No. 5 Pacific
Pepperdine Goals: Spencer Hamby (4), Matthew DeTrane (2), Stephen Loomis, Colin Carroll, Marko Madaras