Ali Pavoni Score Game-Winning Goal To Lift Pepperdine To 3-2 Overtime Win At UC Santa Barbara
Oct. 9, 2003
Junior midfielder Ali Pavoni scored the golden goal at the 91:52 mark of the first overtime to lift the No. 13 Pepperdine women's soccer team to a 3-2 victory over UC Santa Barbara at Harder Stadium in Santa Barbara on Thursday.
The win lifted the Waves to 10-2-0 on the season, while the Gauchos slipped to 6-4-3 on the season.
Pepperdine had a chance to win the match in the final two minutes of regulation as they had two chances from inside the box but was unable to convert.
UC Santa Barbara controlled the pace of play and won the possession battle throughout the entire match, out-shooting Pepperdine, 20-12.
However, UC Santa Barbara was unable to take advantage of its opportunities and on the few chances Pepperdine had, the Waves were able to finish.
Sophomore forward Megan Woods gave Pepperdine a 1-0 lead at the 24:15 mark when she took a played a pass from senior defender Mary Stuart, turned and shot the ball past sophomore goalkeeper Jamie Considine.
Woods' goal was the first shot taken by the Waves as they struggled throughout the contest with their offense.
The Waves increased their lead to 2-0 when freshman forward Lindsey Redlin received a pass from defender Courtney Nelson and lobbed a shot over the out-stretched arms of Considine at the 38:45 mark.
The Gauchos cut the Waves' lead in half at the 58:71 mark when junior midfielder Krystal Sandza scored on a penalty kick after being fouled inside the box by junior defender Ashley Swanson.
UC Santa Barbara evened the score when Sandza scored her second goal of the match at the 67:15 mark. Sandza's score came off a rebound of shot that was fed to her by freshman midfielder Chandi Bickford.
The 20 shots taken by the Gauchos marked the most by an opponent against the Waves this season. The previous high was 18 taken by Stanford in a contest Pepperdine won, 1-0.
Pepperdine opens West Coast Conference (WCC) play on Sunday when it hosts local rival Loyola Marymount at Tari Frahm Rokus Field beginning at 1 p.m.