No. 5 Waves Earn Wells Fargo PCH Cup Points with 2-0 Victory Over Loyola Marymount
Oct. 16, 2011
LOS ANGELES - In a Wells Fargo PCH Cup showdown, No. 5 Pepperdine women's soccer defeated Loyola Marymount 2-0 at Sullivan Field on Sunday afternoon. Goals from Karissa Garcia and Anisa Guajardo proved to be enough for the Waves to remain undefeated on the season at 11-0-4 and 3-0 in the West Coast Conference.
Today marked the first victory for the Waves over the Lions since 2005 and the first victory at LMU's Sullivan Field since 1996. The longest women's soccer winning streak in school history continues at 16 games. The streak begins with the final win of the 2010 season.
The Waves settled into the pace and intensity of the rivalry match and had the first scoring chance of the game at the 16:15 mark and again at the 17:52 mark with shots from Michelle Pao (Cupertino, Calif./Monta Vista HS). Lions goalkeeper Brittany Jagger was forced to make her first save of the match on Pao's second shot.
At the 23:39 mark the Waves struck as Pao fed Laura Cole (Whittier, Calif./La Habra HS) at the top of the box who fires a hard shot that hits the left post. The ball ricocheted back out to the feet of Karissa Garcia (Roseville, Calif./Oakmont HS), who put the ball away into the open net. The goal was the second of the season for Garcia and put the Waves up 1-0.
The squad had another chance with 15 minutes left in the half when Lynn Williams (Fresno, Calif./Bullard HS) made a streaking run down the left side and earned the squad a corner kick, the first of the game for the Waves. Off the corner the ball popped back to Myriah Stockman(Sandy, Utah/Draper HS), but her shot was deflected, giving the Waves another corner. The Waves were unable to connect on that opportunity as the Lions cleared the ball.
The Waves had another opportunity as the Lions' passed the ball back to their keeper looking for a clearance, but Anisa Guajardo(Clovis, Calif./Buchanan HS) slid and was able to get her foot on it. She just missed slotting it past Jagger.
With seven minutes left in the half the Lions earned a free kick on the Waves' defensive half, but the defense held strong and Roxanne Barker (Irvine, Calif./Woodbridge HS) was able to clear the ball.
The 1-0 score held on into halftime. The Waves outshot the Lions nine to one in the half and earned two corner kicks to the Lions' zero.
In the second half the Waves continued to push on the offensive end and held the pressure up through the defensive line.
The Lions were not going to give up in this rivalry match, as they forced Barker to make a diving save in the 33rd minute of the second half to thwart what was an excellent scoring opportunity or the Lions. They then had a free kick opportunity that was cleared by Stockman. The Lions continued with the chances off a long throw in, but the defense stayed composed and was able to clear the ball.
With 25 minutes left in the second half the ball was dropped back to Katie Gallanes(Yorba Linda, Calif./Esperanza HS) who took a low hard shot that hit the left post and came back out to Guajardo who found the lower left corner to put the Waves head 2-0. The goal was her ninth of the season.
The Lions continued to fight and had another scoring opportunity off a free kick that bounced once in front of the Waves' goal before being collected by Barker.
With 11 minutes left in the half the Waves earned three excellent chances in a row off of a throw in and two consecutive corner kicks. Guajardo got her head on the last one, but the Lions were able to clear the ball.
The 2-0 score held up through the final whistle, giving the Waves the victory. Barker finished with two saves and earned her seventh shutout of the season.
"It has been a long time since we have won here. We have a ton of respect for the LMU soccer program and anytime we can win a rivalry game it is big," head coach Tim Ward explained. "The first goal really helped settle us down. I thought we had a really good performance in the second half and scored a really good goal. I thought it was a great result and a really good showing today."
The Waves are set to return to Tari Frahm Rokus field on Friday (Oct. 21) at 3 p.m. as they host Gonzaga in a WCC match.
Oct. 16, 2011 - Sullivan Field
SAVES: Roxanne Barker(PEP) 2, Brittany Jagger (LMU) 4
SHOTS:PEP 15, LMU 3
CORNER KICKS:PEP 7, LMU 0
FOULS: PEP 9, LMU 7