Reilly's Goal The Difference in 1-0 Win at Tennessee
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Senior Kelly Reilly's (Cardiff, Calif./La Costa Canyon HS) first goal in three years held up as the game-winner in Pepperdine's 1-0 victory over Tennessee Sunday during the second and final day of competition at the First Tennessee Lady Vol Classic.
Reilly was assisted on the play by senior Sophia Medina (Downey, Calif./Los Alamitos HS) in the 26th minute. Medina's pass skimmed off a Tennessee defender, but Reilly stayed with the ball and ripped it past goalkeeper Molly Baird from eight yards away.
"That was a great goal," head coach Tim Ward said. "Kelly ran hard straight up the middle from the d-mid position and finished the shot with super confidence. She hammered the ball low and hard and it went right under and to the left of their goalie."
Reilly, an All-Tournament team selection with Medina, last scored as a freshman during the 86th minute of a 2-1 win over Saint Mary's in 2006. That goal also served as a game-winner.
Reilly has scored at least one point in each of the Waves' first three games, including assists to sophomore Michelle Spacciapolli (San Diego, Calif./Cathedral Catholic HS) last Sunday vs. Marquette and Friday against Kansas.
The Waves improved to 2-1 following Sunday's win with all three games coming against a 2008 NCAA qualifier. Tennessee lost both matches of its tournament this weekend, including Friday's 3-2 (OT) decision vs. Arizona State, and fell to 1-2.
Kansas beat the Sun Devils 1-0 in Sunday's early game at Regal Soccer Stadium to remain undefeated at 3-0.
Pepperdine outshot the defending SEC Tournament champions 13-6, including 6-2 in the second half as freshman goalkeeper Roxanne Barker (Irvine, Calif./Woodbridge) pitched her first career shutout on just one save.
"Kelly and Bo were named to the all-tournament team and deservedly so, but every girl out there today was really playing at their best," Ward said. "Roxy and the back four were super organized and we had Rebecca Klamser (Ventura, Calif./Buena HS) out there for 90 minutes at midfield with Kelly and was just awesome."
Medina led all players with four shots on goal with Ward noting that today was one of her best games in a Pepperdine uniform.
"Bo's going out there and playing like a senior should," he said. "But I think what we're seeing is just the tip of the iceberg. I really believe she is capable of doing more."
Pepperdine is 2-0 all-time vs. Tennessee with both wins coming in the last 12 months. The Waves won last season's meeting in Malibu, 2-0.
The Waves' next match is a Friday 3 p.m. home match vs. Houston (0-2).
"Today's game was the best we've played all year, including our scrimmage at Fullerton," Ward said. "This was a tremendous win for our program and I really hope we can keep it going and build on our momentum. We're young but it looks like we're getting better every game."