No. 10 Pepperdine Plays No. 1 Portland to a 1-1 Tie on Sunday Afternoon
Oct. 16, 2005
Malibu, Calif. - Behind the stellar play of senior goalkeeper Anna Picarelli, the No. 10 Pepperdine Waves played the No. 1 Portland Pilots to a 1-1 tie at Tari Frahm Rokus Field on Sunday afternoon to end the Pilots' winning streak at 14 games. The Waves moved to 1-1-1 in the West Coast Conference (WCC) and 10-2-2 on the season, while the Pilots moved to 2-0-1 in the WCC and 14-0-1.
The Waves connected the ball and controlled the motion of play in the first half to attack the Pilots' defense with offensive plays. Pepperdine took control of the ball when sophomore midfielder Samantha Hire found junior forward Lindsey Redlin downfield. Redlin directed the ball toward the net and challenged Pilot goalkeeper Cori Alexander to step out of the box which allowed Redlin to attempt a shot. After the goalkeeper fumbled the ball, Redlin tapped in the ball for the goal to put the Waves on the board 1-0 at the 30:44 mark.
Pepperdine continued to dominate play in the first half and held the 1-0 lead at the end of the first half. The 1-0 deficit marked the first time this season that Portland trailed in a match.
Portland came out strong in the second half and at the 52:12 mark, senior forward Christine Sinclair answered back when she drove the ball into the net from the right side to even the score. Portland had several chances to take the lead, but the Waves' defense stepped up to lock out the Pilots and send the game into overtime for the second year in a row.
Senior forward Megan Woods and Redlin had great offensive plays and challenged the Pilots' defense in the final minutes leaving the two teams battling until the 110th minute.
Picarelli made numerous outstanding saves for the Waves in overtime and finished the contest with seven.
Redlin scored her team-leading eighth goal of the season and tied Woods for the team lead in points with 21.
Sunday's match marked the first time this season that Portland, which had out-scored its opponents 45-4, was held to just one goal.
Pepperdine opens a three-match road trip on Friday, October 21, when it visits San Francisco beginning at 5 p.m.