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Pepperdine Ties Arizona State at 1-1


MALIBU, Calif. – Senior Emily Wynne scored the 10th goal of her career and Pepperdine’s first of the season in a 1-1 tie with Arizona State Friday afternoon at Tari Frahm Rokus Field.

The tie improved the Waves’ season record to 0-1-1 and dropped the Sun Devils’ to 1-0-1. 

Wynne (El Cajon, Calif./University HS) notched the game-tying goal in the 76th minute off a deep assist from Ashley Copp (Coronado, Calif./Coronado), who dropped the ball into the goal box from the far sideline.


Courtney Price (Corona, Calif./Colony) also played a role in the goal’s development, drawing ASU goalkeeper Katie Cochrane out of position as the ball floated inside the six. Her presence in front of the defense provided Wynne enough space to take her shot.


“Price got up there to challenge the goalkeeper for the ball and their girl couldn’t get a hold of it,” Pepperdine head coach Tim Ward said. “At first I wasn’t sure if Emily’s shot cleared the line –thought maybe one of their defenders had brushed it off – but then I saw her reaction and that told me all I needed to know.


“That was a really important goal and I’m glad Emily was the one to get the equalizer. She’s a special player and I’m proud of my team’s response to being down early.”


The Waves continued attacking the net through the remainder of regulation and both overtimes, outshooting ASU 6-1 over the final 35 minutes. Cochrane rebounded to save two shots taken by Amanda Rupp (Encinitas, Calif./La Costa Canyon HS) and later made a diving stop on a Kelly Reilly (Cardiff, Calif./La Costa Canyon HS) attempt in the 96th minute.


Cochrane finished the match with four saves as did Pepperdine goalkeeper Kayla Stolte (Santee, Calif./West Hills), who kept the Sun Devils off the board in the first half despite facing 10 shots and two corner kicks.


Pepperdine turned the tables and controlled much of the second half, but couldn’t hold back 5-foot-9 midfielder Carly Kallas from heading in her first goal of the season on a Kylla Sjoman corner kick in the 58th minute.


Sjoman served the ball high and Kallas climbed the ladder near the back post to smack the ball square into the net for the game’s first score.


“That was a good goal,” Ward said. “I’ve been around this game for awhile and that was one of the best I’ve ever seen.”


Kallas led all Sun Devils with three shots, while Wynne and Rupp led Pepperdine with four each.


Pepperdine’s defense, which featured Cammie Burke (Del Mar, Calif./Torrey Pines HS) and Kelsey Baker (Honolulu, Hawaii/Punahou School) returning from injury to make their first starts of the season, allowed just two more shots following the ASU goal. The first shot from Courtney Tinnon sailed high and a slow roller off the foot of Jill Shoquist found Stolte in the 83rd minute.


Both Burke and Baker played all 110 minutes as did five other teammates. Pepperdine’s three substitutes combined for only 83 minutes of playing time.


“I thought we’d win the game with some of the chances we created, but their goalkeeper made some good saves so overall it was a fair result,” Ward said. “It was a tough game, they’re a tough team and I know they’ll have a good run in them sometime this season.”


The Waves return to Tari Frahm Rokus Field Sunday for a 1 p.m. match with regional rival UC Santa Barbara. The Gauchos (2-1) are coming off a 1-0 upset victory Friday night over #24 San Diego



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