Nov. 3, 2001
MALIBU, Calif. - UCLA freshman driver Brett Ormsby (El Cajon/Valhalla) scored three goals, including the last two scores of the match, propelling No. 2 UCLA to an 8-7 victory over No. 3 Pepperdine in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match Saturday afternoon at Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool.
Jeff Pflueger (Sr., Santa Ana/Foothill) tallied two goals and two assists, while junior Matt Flesher (Diamond Bar/Brea Olinda) added a goal and three assists as the Bruins firmed their grasp on second place in the league standings. UCLA improved to 10-3 overall and 5-1 in MPSF contests.
Pepperdine (12-3 overall, 4-2 MPSF) had eked out a 5-4 halftime advantage on the strength of a hat trick by second-leading scorer Jesse Smith. The game became much more defensive in the second half as each side managed just a goal apiece in the third quarter - Pflueger for UCLA and Vedran Kaluderovic for Pepperdine.
Dan Yeilding (Jr., San Clemente) tied the match at 6-all at the 4:38 mark of the final period. The Waves countered with an extra-man tally from Jeremy Grubbs to regain the lead for the fifth time with 2:42 to play.
"The respect for one another's teams ran deep and both sides wanted this game badly," Bruin head coach Adam Krikorian said.
Ormsby converted a power play with 1:15 remaining in regulation to tie the match at 7-7. After Pepperdine's ensuing shot was stopped by All-American goalkeeper Brandon Brooks (Jr., Honolulu, HI/Punahou), the Bruins launched a rare counterattack. Brooks led Albert Garcia (So., Long Beach/Wilson) ahead with a pass down the right-hand side of the pool. Garcia hit Ormsby with a centering pass and the freshman beat Waves goalie Michael Soltis with a skip shot to the short side with 39 seconds remaining.
The Waves' last chance came from Grubbs, whose shot from five meters hit the crossbar and squirted out of bounds with eight ticks left. The metalwork had an impact on the game's outcome as UCLA hit the bar five times and Pepperdine struck iron four times.
Brooks finished with 10 saves while Soltis was credited with nine stops. The Bruins can wrap up a top-two seed at the conference tournament with a win over tenth-ranked UC Santa Barbara at noon Sunday at Sunset Canyon Recreation Center.
UCLA 2 2 1 3 - 8
Pepperdine 2 3 1 1 - 7
Pepperdine-Jesse Smith 3, Josh Acosta, William Rodriguez, Jeremy Grubbs, Vedran Kaluderovic
Goalkeepers-UCLA - Brandon Brooks (7 GA, 10 Saves), Pepperdine - Michael Soltis (8 GA, 9 Saves)
Shots-UCLA 19, Pepperdine 19
Extra-Man-UCLA 4-6, Pepperdine 3-5