Men's Water Polo Falls In MPSF Opener
The No. 5 Pacific men's water polo team dropped its Mountain Pacific Sports Federation opener to No. 8 Pepperdine, 9-6, Sunday, Oct. 21. The loss drops the Tigers' record to 9-6 on the year and 0-1 in league play. Pepperdine improves to 10-6 and 2-1 in the MPSF.
Pepperdine opened the game with a pair of goals before Petrovic scored on a penalty at the 5:34 mark to get Pacific on the board. Oliveira scored his first goal of the match two minutes later to tie the game at 2-2, but the Waves got a late goal with 26 seconds on the clock to take a one-goal lead into the second quarter.
The visitors extended their lead to two, 4-2, early in the second frame, but both offenses struggled for much of the period. Fleming managed to find the back of the cage with just 10 seconds left, trimming Pepperdine's advantage to one heading into intermission.
The third quarter was dominated by the Waves as they tallied the first three goals to take a 7-3 edge with 3:05 left in the period. Fleming stopped the visitor's run after beating Pepperdine's goalkeeper off of a rebound with six seconds on the clock.
The two squads amped up their defensive pressure in the final quarter, holding each other scoreless through five minutes. Petrovic got his second goal of the game at the 2:36 mark to cut the Waves' lead to two, 7-5. Pepperdine answered with an exclusion goal with 1:48 left, but Oliveira countered with his second score on the Tigers' ensuing possession. The Waves would score on their next possession, however, effectively sealing the win.
Pepperdine got a game-best four goals from Spencer Hamby. Goalkeeper Bence Valics recorded 11 blocks.
The Tigers will now hit the road for a conference counter at USC next Saturday, Oct. 27. The match is set to begin at 2 p.m.
No. 8 Pepperdine 9, No. 5 Pacific 6
Pepperdine 3 - 1 - 3 - 2 -- 9
Pacific 2 - 1 - 1 - 2 -- 6
Pacific - Fleming 2, Oliveira 2, Petrovic 2
Pepperdine - Hamby 4, DeTrane 2, Carroll, Loomis, Madras
Pacific - Malkis 10
Pepperdine - Valics 11