No. 10 Pepperdine Opens 2003 Campaign With 1-0 Overtime Win Against UC Irvine On Friday
Aug. 29, 2003
Showing the flair for the dramatic that it displayed throughout most of a record-breaking season in 2002, the No. 10 ranked Pepperdine women's soccer team opened its 2003 campaign with a 1-0 overtime victory against UC Irvine in both team's season-opener Friday afternoon at Tari Frahm Rokus Field.
Junior midfielder Ali Pavoni ended the defensive contest when she scored just 1:13 into the first overtime to lift the Waves to the season-opening win. Freshman forward Lindsey Redlin was credited with an assist on the goal as Pavoni one-timed the ball through a crowd and over the head of UC Irvine goalkeeper Marissa Welliver.
The win was Pepperdine's 11th in a row at Tari Frahm Rokus Field dating back to the final home game of the 2001 season extended the Waves' regular-season unbeaten streak against non-conference opponents to 34 matches.
Since dropping the 2000 season-opener to Fresno State, Pepperdine has registered a 40-4-7 (.853) non-conference mark.
Both teams had limited scoring opportunities as they combined for just 17 shots, including 11 shots on-goal. The Waves held a 12-5 advantage in shots, including a 7-4 advantage in shots-on-goal.
Sophomore goalkeeper Anna Picarelli played the entire match and totaled four saves.
Pepperdine returns to action on Sunday when it hosts perennial national power and local rival UCLA at Tari Frahm Rokus Field beginning at 1 p.m. The Bruins, who opened their season Friday night at Santa Clara, are ranked as high as No. 3 in the preseason polls.