Waves Finish Second at Triton Invitational
"Overall the tournament was a success for us," said Pepperdine Head Coach Jack Kocur. "The outcome was not what we wanted, but there were a lot of great moments this weekend. Our 6-on-5 plays were better than they have ever been. This team showed a lot of heart and character throughout this competition and when we're at full strength nobody will beat us."
Earlier in the day Pepperdine won a very physical, tightly officiated game against California State University Long Beach (14-8).
The Waves scored the first goal of the game with junior Clayton Snyder (
The second quarter saw back-to-back goals by the Waves, 6-2, followed by two Pepperdine ejections and two
The second half began with the Waves up 8-3 and going on their biggest scoring run of the game with three unanswered goals in the final three minutes. Pepperdine allowed only two
The 49ers outscored the Waves 3-2 in the final quarter, yet it wasn’t enough to penetrate a six-point lead by Pepperdine.
Taking advantage of 28 exclusions called on the 49ers, the Waves scored five times on 6-on-5 opportunities. Five players fouled out of the game including three Waves.
Pepperdine met USC in the final game of the tournament. Both teams emerged strong, trading goals, and ending the first quarter with the Trojans up 3-2.
Early in the second period the Trojans scored again to go up by two, but the goal was soon answered by junior Brett Auer (
USC opened the quarter with a quick goal tying the score 5-5. Miller pushed the Waves ahead again with a goal midway through the quarter only to have it answered by the Trojans leaving the score 6-6. In the final 17 seconds, the Waves failed to take advantage of a power play, thus bringing the game to its first overtime.
The Trojans scored late in the first of two overtimes leaving the Waves down by one with a score of 6-7. Despite a power play opportunity in the second overtime, the Waves never answered back. Miller and Senior Mat MacDonell (
"This loss was rough," said Miller. "We had too many opportunities we didn't put away, but we overall we played good defense and offense this weekend."
The Pepperdine Waves take on the Loyola Marymount, on Saturday, September 13th at the
PEPP GOALS: (Grant Miller 3, Adam Hewko 3, J.P. MacDonell 3, Andrew Milcovich 2, Taylor Watson 2, Clayton Snyder 1). 14
LB GOALS: (Justin Koeppen 2, Taylor Clute 1, Shane Luth 1, Pavle Filpovic 1, Joe Sherrin 1, Ashely Blythen 1, Kevin Van Haaster 1) 8
Goalie Saves:Jack Curley (Pepp) 9, LB 9
PEPPERDINE VS. USC 6-7
PEPP GOALS: (Mat MacDonell 2, Grant Miller 2, Adam Hewlo 1, Brett Auer 1) 6
USC GOALS: (Sagehorn 2, Kurzeka 2, Rappel 1, Artukovich 1, Krupholz 1) 7
Goalis Saves: Jack Curley (Pepp) 10, Joe Dennerly (USC) 9.