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Waves Finish Second at Triton Invitational


LA JOLLA, Calif. --The Pepperdine Waves cruised into the championship round of the Triton Invitational, but came up short against the USC Trojans in double overtime (7-6) to finish second out of fourteen teams on Sunday.


"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 (Seal Beach, Calif. /Los Alamitos HS) scoring a goal just nine seconds into the first quarter. Senior Adam Hewko (Irvine, Calif./Servite HS) scored his first of three goals with 7:14 left in the period. Senior Grant Miller (La Verne, Calif./La Verne HS) followed with his first of three game goals with 4:34 remaining. Junior J.P. Macdonell (Redwood City, Calif./Bellarmine Prep) was the third Wave to score three times, securing his first goal with 3:24 on the clock. Long Beach finished the first period down by two, 4-2.


The second quarter saw back-to-back goals by the Waves, 6-2, followed by two Pepperdine ejections and two Long Beach ejections. The 49ers finished the half with the final goal with 44 seconds remaining.


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 Long Beach goals in the period.


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 (Newport Beach,Calif./Newport Beach HS) to make it 3-4 at the half. With a kickout in their favor, the Waves utilized their advantage and a goal by Miller tied the game at 4-4. Soon after, the Waves took the lead for the first time with a 5-meter penalty shot by Hewko leaving USC down by one entering the 4th quarter.


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 (Redwood City, Calif./Bellarmine Prep.) were credited with two goals each. Senior Goalkeeper Jack Curley (Sonoma, Calif./Santa Rosa CC) had an outstanding game with ten saves.


"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 Burns Aquatic Center, in Los Angeles, Calif.           .




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




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.










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