Finally, in the 84th minute, Mathews’ hard shot went off the crossbar and bounced away.
“For most of the game I thought we played really well,” Rockwood said. “Sometimes in soccer those two to four minutes can really cost you and it cost us tonight. I was really proud of the way we played in the second half. I thought we deserved if not one maybe two goals. We’ll just keep battling.”
Pepperdine (11-2-2, 5-0-0 WCC) is in the driver’s seat for the WCC title and can just about seal it with a win against San Diego (4-0-0) on Saturday.
The Cougars will host Loyola Marymount on Saturday, saluting nine seniors who will play their final home game at South Field. BYU ends the WCC schedule with four consecutive road matches.
Child and Haws named preseason All-WCC: At Las Vegas, BYU men’s basketball was picked to finish third in the 2017-18 West Coast Conference Preseason Poll, as selected by the league’s 10 head coaches, the league office announced from the WCC Basketball Tip-Off in the Orleans Arena.