Nov. 29, 1997
USC Edges Pepperdine in Semifinals
The University of Southern California beat the No. 1 ranked Pepperdine Waves 10-9 in the semifinal of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Men's Water polo Championships at Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool in Long Beach, California.
With the win, the Trojans advance to the championship game against Stanford. With the score tied at 5-5 at the half, Pepperdine took an 8-7 lead after a Jeremy Pope goal at the 0:19 mark. The Waves Alan Hermann scored at the 6:43 giving Pepperdine a 9-7 lead, but USC came back to score the final three goals of the game.
Marko Pintric scored his second goal of the game at the 5:28 mark and then Sean Hylton scored at the 4:05 mark to tie the game at 9-9. With 2:41 left, Pintric scored his third goal of the afternoon, a goal which proved to be the game-winner. Pepperdine had beaten the Trohjans this season.
In the other semifinal Stanford's Layne Beaubien's goal, his second of the game, with just 0:02 left to play lifted Stanford to a 5-4 victory over arch-rival California. Stanford outscored the Bears 3-1 in the fourth quarter.
Trailing 3-2 after three, Brian Heifferon tied the game at 3-3 on a goal early in the quarter. The Cardinal took the lead at 4-3 as Andy Walburger threw in a shot off a goalie deflection by Cal's Peter Keifer to give Stanford the lead. Cal, on a goal by Eldad Hazor, came back and it looked as if the game was going to overtime. But Beaubien fired a shot with 0:15 seconds that went past Keifer's outstretched hands and into the net.