Klamser's Dramatic Equalizer Lifts Waves to 1-1 Tie at LMU
Oct. 9, 2010
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - A strike from nearly 40 yards at the 88-minute mark by junior forward Rebecca Klamser gave the Pepperdine women's soccer team an equalizer at Loyola Marymount on Saturday, and the two teams played to a 1-1 tie in the first West Coast Conference game of the season.
The fact that the game went to overtime shouldn't have been surprising, as the matchup between Pepperdine (7-3-4, 0-0-1) and LMU (8-3-1, 0-0-1) went past 90 minutes for the sixth time in the last seven seasons. It's the second straight year and the third time in the last five the contest has ended in a tie.
Overtime almost didn't happen and the Lions might have thought they had the game won late, but the first career goal by Klamser (Ventura, Calif./Buena HS) came on a stunning shot. She found the ball deep on the left side of the field, and after a couple of dribbles, unleashed a shot from nearly 40 yards that found the upper-right-hand corner of the net.
The goal came as Pepperdine was dominating the final 15 minutes of regulation. They continued to control play for the 20 minutes of overtime en route to a 19-13 shot advantage. They just missed on a couple of golden-goal opportunities in overtime.
"This was an epic derby," Pepperdine Coach Tim Ward said. "It had all the criteria of a classic. LMU scored a good goal, but it impressed me that we never quit. And what a great goal by Rebecca. It was probably one of the most timely goals in Pepperdine history. She's been playing great and for her to have this moment was fantastic."
After a scoreless first half, LMU got on the board in the 61st minute when Tawni Martino sent a cross in from the right and Lily Sorentino was able to one-time it home from a few yards away.
That woke up the Waves' offense, as the rest of the game was largely played in LMU's defensive third of the field. The Waves' most notable chance of overtime came in the 105th minute when sophomore forward Anisa Guajardo (Clovis, Calif./Buchanan HS) got through for a 1v1 with the goalkeeper, but LMU's Bianca Jagger came out of the goal and was able to knock down Guajardo's shot.
"We had a lot of energy in overtime," Ward said. "I thought we were going to win it. There were a couple of heart-stoppers. A tie wasn't a bad result considering the kind of year LMU is having, and the fact we were trailing at 88 minutes. I'm proud of our effort."
The Waves are now unbeaten in their last six matches. The two schools split a point in the PCH Challenge, a season-long competition encompassing all NCAA sports between the two rivals separated by just 19.1 miles.
This was the third of five consecutive road games for the Waves, who continue WCC action next weekend at Gonzaga (Friday, Oct. 15) and Portland (Sunday, Oct. 17).
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