No. 22 Pepperdine Downs Saint Mary's 5-3 in WCC Battle
Nov. 1, 2012
MALIBU, Calif. – Lynn Williams registered her first career hat trick and Anisa Guajardo added two goals to stake No. 22 Pepperdine to a 5-3 West Coast Conference victory against Saint Mary’s Friday afternoon at Tari Frahm Rokus Field. The Waves (14-5-0, 5-2-0 WCC) improve to 7-1 at home and beat the Gaels (6-11-2, 1-6-0 WCC) for the seventh consecutive time.
Williams (Fresno, Calif./Bullard HS) ran roughshod over the Saint Mary’s defense, finding the back of the net in the 14th, 41st and 72nd minutes. All three goals were unassisted and followed a similar pattern with Williams getting the ball, weaving through several SMC defenders before firing a shot. The first was from 25 yards, the second was from 10 yards. On the final goal Williams beat a pair of defenders to a breakaway and connected from 20 yards.
Guajardo (Clovis, Calif./Buchanan HS) recorded her second multi-goal match of the season with her ninth and 10th goals of the year. She now shares the team goals lead with teammate Amanda LeCave (Windsor, Calif./Windsor HS). On her first strike, Guajardo took a feed from Ally Holtz (Honolulu, Hawaii/Punahou School) and beat the keeper right from eight yards. Jackie Pedrazza (Cupertino, Calif./Monta Vista HS) set up Guajardo’s second strike, a finish from five yards.
Williams and Guajardo make some history in the process becoming the first Pepperdine teammates to score multiple goals in the same match in more than a decade. The last time more than one Wave scored two or more goals in the same match came in a 10-0 shutout win against The Master’s College (10/12/98) when three registered a pair of scores. The only time Pepperdine has accomplished the feat against a Division I opponent was in the inaugural season in a 7-2 triumph against USC (9/22/93).
“I’m stoked that we scored five goals,” Pepperdine head coach Tim Ward said. “It’s been building for a while now. I’m happy for Lynn and Anisa. That tandem has been training really well and definitely deserves it. The game itself was weird. It was just an open game and that’s how it goes. We are excited to be 5-2 in conference ready to host a quality opponent. We’re really proud of the team.”
Pepperdine held a 14-9 shot lead, but both squads managed six shots on goal. Saint Mary’s scored on its first shot of the match and finished the opening half with two attempts. The Waves attempted four corner kicks, while the Gaels did not attempt one.
Flannery Davis scored her first goal of the season in the 19th minute to knot the score at 1-1 from an assist by Christina Tognetti. Guajardo provided the Pepperdine go-ahead goal less than a minute later. Tognetti scored her fourth goal of the year in the 50th minute to cut the deficit to one, 3-2, before Guajardo and Williams scored back-to-back unanswered strikes for a 5-2 lead. Vicki Shimkus scored in the 80th minute off an assist from Caroline Beaulne. Shimkus also assisted on Tognetti’s goal.
Roxanne Barker (Irvine, Calif./Woodbridge HS) collected the win, improving to 12-5-0 in 2012 and made three saves. Kate Brenot (1-5-1) took the loss and made one save for the Gaels.
Pepperdine wraps up the 2012 regular season when it hosts No. 4 Brigham Young Saturday, November 3. Match time against the Cougars is set for 1:00 p.m. at Tari Frahm Rokus Field. The Waves will honor the seven-member senior class in a special pre-match ceremony.
NOTES: With two goals against the Gaels, Anisa Guajardo moved into sole possession of fourth place on the career goals list with 27 and is fifth on the career points list with 68. Standout Lacey Ubaldi (2000-03) sits in third place on the goals list with 28 … Guajardo owns eighth place on the single-season points (28) list … Lynn Williams has scored four goals with two game-winners in her last two matches after providing the lone goal in Pepperdine’s 1-0 road WCC win at Gonzaga (10/28) … Williams is the second Wave to register a hat trick this season. Amanda LeCave set the single-match record with a four-goal outburst vs. Indiana (9/2).