Waves Down Air Force 12-7 Sunday in Non-Conference Play
Nicholas Candau records fourth-quarter hat trick for Pepperdine.
Oct. 20, 2013
MALIBU, Calif. – No. 9 Pepperdine shook off a slow start and secured a 12-7 victory against Air Force in non-conference action Sunday afternoon at Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool. The Waves (8-7) trailed 5-4 at the half before limiting the Falcons (5-9) to single goals in the third and fourth quarters in the first meeting between the two teams since 2005.
Pepperdine took a 3-1 lead in the fourth before Air Force pulled to within a goal, finding the back of the net with 0:12 left. The Waves made it 4-2 in the second on a goal by Luke Hewko (Santa Ana, Calif./Servite HS), but then the Falcons went on a 3-0 run to take a 5-4 lead at the intermission.
It was all Waves from there as they outscored Air Force 8-2 in the second half to secure their fifth straight win in the all-time series. Pepperdine owns a 34-4 overall edge against the Falcons.
“Two different games from yesterday to today,” Pepperdine head coach Terry Schroeder said. “Yesterday we had a terrible second half and today we had a pretty decent second half. If you have a choice you’d rather have a better second half. It seemed like we were a bit slow and lethargic early coming out and didn’t have a lot of energy on defense, but we switched to a press defense in the second half and the press seemed to get us going a bit more and got our counter-attack in the game and definitely changed momentum.”
Nicholas Candau (Danville, Calif./San Ramon Valley HS) turned in a hat trick in the fourth quarter. Danny White (Oxnard, Calif./Rio Mesa HS) chipped in two goals with an assist and a match-high four steals, while Hewko finished with two goals and an assist. Austin Miller (Alta Loma, Calif./Damien HS) was active with a pair of goals and three steals. Marko Madaras (Eger, Hungary/Golden West) added a goal, three assists and a steal for the Waves. All-American goalkeeper Bence Valics (Eger, Hungary/Erzsebet Secondary) recorded seven saves with a steal.
Andrew Hamilton and Dominic Vicino each had a pair of goals for the Falcons. Caleb Guarino made nine saves for Air Force.
Pepperdine returns to the pool when it travels to Northern California for a tough MPSF road trip, starting Friday, October 25 at California. Match time against the Golden Bears is set for 7:00 p.m.
No. 9 Pepperdine def. Air Force 12-7
Sunday, October 20 – Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool – Malibu, Calif.
USAFA – 2 – 3 – 1 – 1 – 7
PEPP – 3 – 1 – 3 – 5 – 12
USAFA GOALS: Andrew Hamilton (2), Dominic Vicino (2), Josh Stedman, Zack Kamai, Andy Santala
USAFA SAVES: Caleb Guarino, 9 (6/3)