Waves Earn 1-1 Tie With #6 UCLA
The Waves (1-4-2) got a goal in the 44th minute by sophomore midfielder Sophia Medina (
The second half and the two overtime periods were played in a rainstorm (quite rare for Southern California in September) and no more goals were scored as Pepperdine ended what had been a 10-game losing streak to the Bruins (3-1-2).
“Over the last couple weeks, even in some of our losses, we’ve been playing quite well,” Pepperdine Coach Tim Ward said. “We just weren’t getting results. But we’re making progress. Our young players are figuring it out, and we believe that on any day we can play with anyone.”
Pepperdine actually controlled long stretches of the first half and kept the ball locked in UCLA’s defensive half. The Waves had a couple of good early chances, including a seventh-minute header that went a little high by Medina and a hard shot from distance in the 25th minute by sophomore forward Courtney Price (Corona, Calif./Colony HS) that forced a diving save by UCLA goalkeeper Valerie Henderson.
UCLA took its first shot in the 27th minute, but it was the Bruins’ second shot that ended up in the net. From the left side, Caitlyn Mac Kechnie centered the ball toward the top of the box for Cheney, who turned and struck a strong shot that found the upper-right-hand corner of the net for her fourth goal of the season at 41:27.
After suffering a number of 1-0 losses earlier this season, the Waves wasted no time making sure that this game wouldn’t end similarly. Junior forward Amanda Rupp (
“This was a good match and we both had our chances,”
As the rain began to fall, play became more back-and-forth in the second half. After the Waves had a 6-2 shot advantage in the first half, the Bruins had a 4-1 edge in the second.
One minute into the first overtime period, junior defender Ashley Copp (
Danesha Adams gave the Bruins their best opportunities to win the game in overtime. She first hit the crossbar with a shot in the 109th minute. She then got free on a breakaway in the 115th minute, but Pepperdine goalkeeper Kayla Stolte (
A defensive line that started two freshmen and two juniors did quite well to slow UCLA’s high-powered attack.
“UCLA has some world-class players and we knew they would create chances,” Ward said. “But the whole defense played great. It was a tremendous team effort. Everyone who stepped on the field did a great job.”
The final shot total was UCLA 12, Pepperdine 10. Stolte made four saves for the Waves.
Said freshman defender Haleigh Guertin (
The Waves continue their seven-game homestand next weekend with matches against
PEP (1-4-2) 1 0 0 0 = 1
UCLA (3-1-2) 1 0 0 0 = 1
Goals: Lauren Cheney (Caitlyn Mac Kechnie), UCLA, 41:27; Sophia Medina (Amanda Rupp, Emily Wynne), PEP, 43:02.
Shots: PEP 10, UCLA 12. Corner Kicks: PEP 3, UCLA 5. Saves: PEP 4, UCLA 2. Fouls: PEP 12, UCLA 17.