No. 9 Waves Get Last-Minute Heroics to Earn 1-1 Tie at Cal Poly
Sept. 18, 2011
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - The No. 9 Pepperdine women's soccer team fought host Cal Poly in a close game on Sunday, as they came through in the final minutes of regulation to tie the Mustangs, 1-1 in double overtime play. Junior forward Anisa Guajardo came through with 1:40 left in regulation to put away the equalizer, which was her team-leading sixth goal of the season.
The team now boasts a record of 7-0-3 and is undefeated through 10 games to start the season for the fourth time in school history.
The Waves had a hard time finding the back of the net on Sunday, as they launched 22 shots, 10 being on frame, compared to the Mustangs who had only three recorded shots in the match. The team fought through the adversity, however, boasting a never-say-die attitude as they found the back of the net for the game-tying goal with 1:40 left in regulation and stayed strong through double overtime in a tough road test.
The team started out the match attacking the Mustangs' defense from the first whistle. Freshman forward Lynn Williams (Fresno, Calif./Bullard HS) had two shots within the first 10 minutes of play alone. Despite having eight shot attempts in the first half to the Mustangs' one, the Waves only earned one corner kick at the 15:38 mark.
The Waves were unable to find the back of the net in the first half and did not see much threat from the Mustangs, as junior goalkeeper Roxanne Barker did not have to make a save in the first half. Going into the break, the game was tied at 0-0. The team challenged Mustang goalkeeper Brooke Gauvin, who made five saves to keep the game scoreless in the first half.
In the second half, the Waves continued to vie for that first goal, as they nailed 10 shots in the half and tallied four corner kicks. At the 62:41 mark, the Mustangs found the back of the net on one of their first offensive chances of the day, as Jenny Haggarty put the ball away off a rebound from a saved shot by Barker, putting the Mustangs up 1-0.
The Waves were not about to hang their heads, as they continued to fight to get the equalizer. At the 88:20 mark, the team pushed up in the hopes of finding the back of the net and off a service from sophomore defender Michelle Pao (Cupertino, Calif./Monte Vista HS), Guajardo (Clovis, Calif./Buchanan HS) put away the equalizer, tying the game at 1-1.
Through the subsequent overtime periods, the Waves continued to fight for the game-winning goal, having three shots in the first period and one in the second. Barker made a save in the second overtime to preserve the 1-1 score and the Waves earned their third tie of the season.
Head coach Tim Ward was very proud of the fight in his team today, saying "We played pretty well and should have won in regulation. It was one of those games where we just had a tough time finding the back of the net. The Cal Poly keeper made some excellent saves in the match. I was so proud of the way we fought today. We never said die and we found a way to equalize. I think it is a sign of a really good team when you can hang in and get a result like this on the road against a good team."
The Waves finished off another excellent weekend with a 1-0-1 record and are set to head back home to Malibu to host Lamar at 3 p.m. on Friday (Sept. 23) at Tari Frahm Rokus Field.
Sept. 18, 2011 – Alex G. Spanos Stadium
SHOTS: PEP 22, CP 3
CORNER KICKS: PEP 9, CP 2