Rupp Scores in 2-1 Loss at #3 Portland
The controversial game-winner was delivered in the 88th minute by Megan Rapinoe, who collected her own rebound off a missed penalty kick and sent a 12-yard strike past senior goalkeeper Kayla Stolte (
Pepperdine head coach Tim Ward was notably put off by the official’s decision to award the penalty kick, branding it “ridiculous.”
According to Ward, the foul was called on Stolte for colliding in mid air with Danielle Foxhoven as both went up for a 50/50 ball. Ward felt Stolte was simply doing her job, retrospectively asking “what else is she supposed to do in that situation?”
He became further incensed following the referee’s no-call when two of Pepperdine’s defenders were trampled by
Ward also was left shaking his head earlier in the match after no foul or PK was presented when Amanda Rupp (
The officiating inconsistencies left Ward feeling perplexed and annoyed, believing his team should have decided its own fate in overtime.
“The team played with a great spirit today and represented the university well ... but to get beat by the referee was an absolute disservice to the game,” Ward said. “I don’t know what the stats said, but I felt we played much better in the second half, and even dominated at times.”
The box score showed Pepperdine was outshot in the second half, 9-7, with the Waves recording the first five attempts within an 11-minute window; however, two of those shots were saved, another two sailed wide and one was blocked.
Pepperdine received its equalizer in the 77th minute when Sophia Medina (
“Bobo played a great thru-ball to Rupp and she smoked it,” Ward said. “We silenced the crowd with that goal. People were thinking
Rupp’s goal was her eighth of the year, giving the senior 21 points on the season.
The final statistics from Sunday’s match closely mirrored the ones from a 1-0 loss earlier this month at #4 UCLA, in which the Bruins registered 17 shots to the Waves’ 12.
The Waves placed four of their shots on goal Sunday in becoming only the fourth school this season Â and first since
Davis, who entered the Pepperdine match with a 0.23 goals-against average, finished the match with four saves.
Stolte finished the match with eight saves including her stop on the penalty kick, which was her second of the season. She also brushed aside a
Pepperdine opponents have converted just one of three penalty kick attempts this season.
“Someone played the ball through to Sophie and Kayla got a piece of her first shot, but almost like in slow motion, it bounced toward the goal and she delivered a chest-high header right as we were about to clear,” Ward said. “That was a committed goal.”
The Waves return home to Tari Frahm Rokus field next weekend following a month-long absence for a two-match homestand featuring #17
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