#18 Women's Soccer Falls at #3 UCLA, 4-0
Sept. 16, 2012
The Bruins (7-0-1) had just 12 shots to Pepperdine's 11, and though the Waves (6-3-0) put six of them on target, they were shut out for the third time this year.
"That's a very, very good team," Pepperdine Coach Tim Ward said. "When you look at the subs they're bringing in, those were some of the top recruits in the nation, and they're coming off the bench. They brought a lot of energy and it was hard to battle against their speed, especially when we were limited with our number of subs."
The Waves were without four potentially key players due to injury or illness. On the other hand, the Bruins were integrating two players back from the U-20 World Cup.
The score was just 1-0 at halftime, though Pepperdine had a 5-4 advantage in shots. The first 15 minutes of the second half saw chances aplenty for both sides, but it was UCLA that put two of them away. The Bruins then added a fourth goal in the 77th minute. Zakiya Bywaters scored the first and the third goals for UCLA.
"We gave away the first two goals, those felt soft," Ward said. "The third one was a thing of beauty."
But even when the Bruins were scoring, the Waves were getting chances of their own. Sophomore forward Lynn Williams (Fresno, Calif./Bullard HS) finished with six shots and put four of them on frame. Senior midfielder Ana Pontes (Houston, Texas/Clear Lake HS) worked a perfectly executed give-and-go in the first half, but UCLA goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland made a diving save to stop Pontes' long-distance blast. Early in the second half, just after the Bruins went up 2-0, junior defender Michelle Pao (Cupertino, Calif./Monte Vista HS) had a shot hit the upper-right-corner of the crossbar.
"We had a couple of good looks," Ward said. "Lynn was causing problems, and she and Amanda LeCave did a nice job up top. But the bottom line is that in the offensive phase of the game, when we won the ball, we didn't sustain possession.
"On this day, UCLA was better than us. They deserve to be ranked as high as they are. Maybe, hopefully, we'll get another chance at them in the postseason."
The Waves are currently in a span of games where they'll play seven of eight contests away from Malibu. The one home game is next Friday (Sept. 21) against UC Santa Barbara at 3 p.m.