Waves' 1-0 Win Over LMU Keeps Postseason Hopes Alive
November 9, 2013
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The Pepperdine women's soccer team held on for a 1-0 win at Loyola Marymount Saturday night to close out the regular season. After an early score, the Waves killed off 77 minutes to secure the Wells Fargo PCH Cup win.
Following a pair of early chances for the Waves, senior Kristin DeGrandmont (Portland, Ore./Jesuit HS) broke through in the 13th minute, pounding home a rebound on the corner from Rachael Collins (Littleton, Colo./Valor Christian HS). DeGrandmont collected the ball in traffic and hit it off the right post and in for her second score of the season.
"That was just a senior getting a foot on the ball in what could possibly be her last game," said head coach Tim Ward, who has guided Pepperdine to three straight 10-win seasons now. "It was great to see that and great to get the win. This is always a tough place to play, no matter what the records are and I was proud the effort the girls gave."
The win moves the Waves to 10-7-2 overall and 5-4 in the WCC. LMU falls to 3-17-1, 0-9-1. In addition to it being the third straight 10-win season for Pepperdine it is also the 14th in the program's 21-year history. The Waves will now wait for the NCAA tournament field to be released to see if they play on.
Pepperdine dodged a pair of bullets late in the half as an LMU shot sailed just wide and then just minutes later a Lion header off a corner was deflected away.
Ally Holtz (Honolulu, Hawaii/Punahou School) kept the pressure on for the visitors late in the half, getting off a pair of shots on counterattack breakaways that were deflected wide each time.
LMU came out firing in the second half, pressing the action and sending two open shots in the box sailing over the crossbar. A third breakaway opportunity for the Lions forced Hannah Seabert (Riverside, Calif./Woodcrest Christian HS) to make a sliding save in order to hold on to the clean sheet. Seabert had four saves in the game.
Holtz, who led the Waves with four shots, again threatened late in the second half, but still couldn't break through on a pair of breakaways.
"With all the injuries we have and the lack of depth, it's hard to sustain the energy, but the girls played hard all game," said Ward. "We pray this isn't the last game of the fall for us, but if it is they gave a great effort and got a good result."
The NCAA Tournament field will be announced on Monday, Nov. 11 at 1:30 p.m. on the NCAA.com Selection Show broadcast.