Tritons Fall in Opening Round of SoCal Invite to Pepperdine
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The No. 11 UC San Diego men’s water polo team opened up the SoCal invitational with a 12-8 loss to No. 6 Pepperdine at Spieker Aquatic Center. The Tritons will play San Jose State tomorrow at LMU at 9:20 am.
Skyler Munatones started things off with a man-up goal 40 seconds into the game. Minutes later, Karlo Krmek extended the Tritons lead with a goal of his own. The Waves responded instantly with a goal from Balazs Kosa. Krmek and Munatones teamed up to bring the Triton’s lead back to a two-point lead. But Pepperdine scored two more goals to equalize the score at three all at the end of the first period.
Second quarter featured strong defenses on both ends and prevented offenses from getting shots off. Pepperdine broke the ice in the second quarter with a second chance goal from Kosa. After an exclusion on Pepperdine, UC San Diego called timeout to regroup. With 1:02 left in the quarter, Krmek scored to tie the game up at 4-4 at the half.
Kaden Likins opened up the third quarter with a goal, but the Waves responded with a 4-0 run to take an 8-5 lead with 3:05 to go in the quarter. A goal from Jack Ranj cut the deficit down to two points near the end of the quarter.
Pepperdine added two more goals to take its biggest lead of the game at 11-6 with under three minutes to go. The Triton offense found some rhythm late in the game but ultimately could not make up the difference.
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