No. 8 Waves Hold on to 2-1 Victory Over No. 21 Auburn
Aug. 24, 2012
MALIBU, Calif. - The No. 8 Pepperdine women's soccer team held on to finish out a 2-1 victory over No. 21-ranked Auburn at Tari Frahm Rokus Field on Friday afternoon. The Waves' forwards came up big in the win, as senior Anisa Guajardo netted her third of the season and sophomore Amanda LeCave put away the game-winner, her first of the year.
Head coach Tim Ward said, "I thought we did a decent job today. I think Auburn is a really great team. There were times where we were on the back foot a little bit and they had good possession and were putting us under a lot of pressure. We sort of weathered the storm and found our feet later. I don't know why we started a little slow today but we did."
The Waves (2-0-0) started off a bit slow in the first half, with defender Michelle Pao (Cupertino, Calif./Monta Vista HS) coming up with a huge stop on an open goal to hold the Tigers (2-1-0) scoreless and the game tied 0-0.
The team settled in, however, and got on the board in the 35th minute in the first half, as sophomore Lynn Williams (Fresno, Calif./Bullard HS) delivered a beautiful cross from the left corner to the top of the box, where Guajardo (Clovis, Calif./Buchanan HS) finished the shot over the outstretched hands of Auburn goalkeeper Amy Howard.
Freshman Erinn Middo (Redondo Beach, Calif./Redondo Union HS), making her first collegiate start between the pipes, came up big for the Waves, making two excellent saves in the first half, including one right before halftime at the 44:34 mark to give the Waves the 1-0 lead at halftime.
At the half the Waves had barely outshot the Tigers, 7-6 and allowed three corner kicks. The Waves forced Howard to make three saves for the Tigers, while Middo had two for Pepperdine.
The Waves wasted no time in getting on the board in the second half, as Katie Gallanes (Yorba Linda, Calif./Esperanza HS) fed a pass to Pao down the left flank, who sent a screaming cross to LeCave (Windsor, Calif./Windsor HS), who buried a hard, low shot for her first goal of the season at the 47:50 mark.
The Tigers, however, were not going to go down easily. Less than 10 minutes later they responded, as Alexa Allen finished a cross to put the score at 2-1, Waves. Pepperdine shored up their defense, holding strong through physical play down the stretch to maintain the 2-1 lead at the final whistle.
In the second half the Waves attempted eight shots to Auburn's six, and in the end outshot the competition 15-12.
Middo earned her first collegiate victory, finishing with four saves.
"What was really exciting for us as a program was when certain people get an opportunity to step up and Erinn Middo really took that today," Ward said. "She did a great, great job today as a freshman goalkeeper. Also Amanda LeCave got on the board with a great goal today, which was excellent."
The Waves are back in action on Sunday, August 26 at 1 p.m. PT as they host Pacific.