No. 6 Tigers Defeat No. 5 Pepperdine In OT, Claim Seventh At SoCal Tournament
Los Alamitos, Calif. - The No. 6 Pacific men's water polo team claimed seventh place in the 2011 SoCal Tournament after defeating No. 5 Pepperdine 11-9 in overtime Sunday, Oct. 2.
The Tigers improve to 8-5 on the year with the win while Pepperdine now sits at 7-6.
"We played with a lot of heart and teamwork," Pacific head coach James Graham said. "I'm glad we were able to redeeem ourselves from NorCals with a great team effort to finish the tournament with a win over Pepperdine."
Pacific jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead on a goal from sophomore Balazs Erdelyi early in the first quarter. Erdelyi would score again, this time at the 1:00 mark, giving the Tigers a 2-0 lead. A late Pepperdine goal cut Pacific's lead to one at the end of the period.
The Tigers continued to play well offensively, getting a quick score from senior Tom Koning to take a 3-1 lead early in the second before a goal from senior Tyler Reardon gave the Orange and Black a 4-1 advantage with 2:19 left in the half. The Waves were able to draw an exclusion with 37 seconds remaining before scoring on the subsequent six-on-five play to trim Pacific's lead to 4-2 at the break.
Koning scored his second goal of the match on a six-on-five situation early in the third quarter to put Pacific up 5-2. Consecutive Pepperdine goals allowed the Waves to make it a one-goal game, but senior Lance Morrison found the back of the cage to give the Tigers a 6-4 lead at the 3:16 mark. A Pepperdine score with three seconds remaining again brought the Waves to within one with one quarter left to play.
Pepperdine would score first in the fourth quarter, knotting the game at 6-6. Erdelyi tallied his third goal of the match at the 6:03 mark to give Pacific a one-goal advantage, but consecutive Pepperdine goals gave the Waves their first lead of the match with four minutes remaining.
Pacific regained momentum on another score from Erdelyi as he tied the match at 8-8 with 2:14 left. The Waves would score just 17 seconds later, however, to go back on top at 9-8. Not to be outdone, the Tigers turned to their dominant junior center Goran Tomasevic, who tallied to tie the game at 9-9 and send it into overtime.
In the first overtime period, Pacific was able to draw a penalty shot which Tomasevic converted, putting the Tigers up 10-9 with 1:39 left. The Orange and Black would put the game away early in the second overtime as Erdelyi scored his fifth goal of the match at the 2:22 mark, after which Pepperdine failed to find the scoreboard the rest of the way.
Erdelyi's five scores were a match-high, upping his tournament total to 14 goals. Koning and Tomasevic both scored twice.
Sophomore Alex Malkis recorded nine saves for the Tigers, including three in the fourth quarter and two in the second overtime.
Nathan Castillo, Matthew DeTrane, and Andrew Milcovich both scored twice for Pepperdine, while goalkeeper Bence Valics finished with 11 saves.
Pacific will travel up I-5 for a match at UC Davis Friday, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. The Tigers' next home match is Friday, Oct. 21 versus Stanford. The opening sprint is set for 3 p.m.
|1st Q||2nd Q||3rd Q||4th Q||1st OT||2nd OT||FINAL|
Pepperdine - Castillo 2, DeTrane 2, Milcovich 2, Perry, Picone, Tragitt
Pacific - Erdelyi 5, Koning 2, Tomasevic 2, Morrison, Reardon
Pepperdine - Valics 11
Pacific - Malkis 9