Despite Second Half Effort, Waves Fall at USC 14-8
Nov. 5, 2011
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - No. 9 Pepperdine fell 14-8 to No. 2 USC at McDonald's Swim Stadium Saturday afternoon. The Waves outscored the Trojans in the second half 7-6 but were unable to overcome a first-half deficit of seven goals. Juniors Matthew DeTrane and Danny Whitepaced the team with three and two goals, respectively.
The Waves' eight scores tied the most goals the Trojans had given up in regulation all season. Previously they gave up eight to UCLA on Sept. 18.
"I was very pleased with today's second half performance. The guys that were in played great. They showed a lot of heart and determination. I was very proud of the way Danny White and Luke Hewko stepped up. It is all about learning and moving on to the next game. We need to play the way we did in the second half from the very beginning," head coach Jack Kocur said.
The Waves got out to a slow start, falling behind 4-0 after the first quarter, but the Waves broke through in the second quarter with a goal by White (Oxnard, Calif./Rio Mesa HS). Going into the break, the Trojans were up 8-1.
The Waves got the scoring started in the third quarter, with DeTrane (Moraga, Calif./Campolindo HS/Diablo Valley HS) netting his first of three goals at the 5:40 mark to bring the score to 8-2. The Trojans would follow up with three-straight goals, to push their lead to nine, 11-2. Junior Colin Carroll (Fountain Valley, Calif./Mater Dei HS) would score with 53 seconds left in the quarter and freshman Luke Hewko(Irvine, Calif./Servite HS) would put away a redirection goal with three seconds to go, and the score was 11-4 heading into the final period.
In the fourth quarter DeTrane would score at the 7:13 mark to cut the Trojans' lead to six. USC would score to extend its lead to 12-5, but Mike Tragitt (Clovis, Calif./Clovis HS) would answer with 4:20 remaining. The Trojans would put away a goal with 2:03 left to take a 14-6 lead. DeTrane and White would each score while the defense held strong, but it was too little too late, as the game finished at 14-8.
The Waves will return to Malibu for their final MPSF match of the regular season as they host UCLA on Saturday (Nov. 12) at 12 p.m. PT.