Waves and #2 Portland Clash Friday at Tari Frahm
Waves to Battle #2 Portland Friday at Tari Frahm
October 14, 2009
Click on the above video for an interview with Tim Ward.
MALIBU, Calif. - Two straight days of heavy rain moved Pepperdine's women's soccer team off the pitch and into the clubhouse, where head coach Tim Ward broke down the videotape of Sunday's 0-0 tie against Loyola Marymount.
The Waves fired 23 shots against the Lions without once rattling the cage, but Ward is convinced his team is close to breaking out on offense.
"We were presented with a number of quality opportunities and I know we'll score more once we start making better decisions with the ball," he said. "This team is built on strong character and I think the players are encouraged by what they saw in their performances."
Pepperdine has scored 11 times through 12 matches this season despite averaging more than 13 shots per match. The Waves have received plenty of good looks, placing 45.6 percent of those shots on frame, but for whatever reason - a good opposing goalkeeper or tough luck - they just haven't been able to post a multi-goal outing in more than a month - a 2-0 win over Hawai'i on Sept. 13.
The Pepperdine defense, however, has remained stout, posting seven shutouts while holding opponents to an average of 9.3 shots per match.
But when Friday's match with No. 2 Portland rolls around, both sides will have to simultaneously execute a perfect game, meaning half those 13 shots Pepperdine's been averaging may have to have to clear the goal line in order to win. The defense will also have its fair share of battles with a Pilots' offense that has outscored the opposition 46-6 thanks in part to the play of three-time WCC Player of the Week Danielle Foxhoven.
The Pilots' high-scoring sophomore has amassed 34 points on 15 goals and four assists, and three more of her teammates have already scored in excess of 10 points.
Portland leads its all-time series vs. Pepperdine 12-2-1 and comes into this weekend's match fresh off a 7-0 victory over Gonzaga.
Pilot goalkeepers Hailee DeYoung and Kelsey Davis have combined to record nine shutouts and an overall goal-against average of 0.46. By comparison, Portland's opponents are claiming a robust GAA of 3.54.
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