Santa Clara Snaps Waves' Eight-Match WCC Win Streak With 5-0 Win On Sunday
Oct. 20, 2003
Preseason All-American forward Leslie Osborne netted her first career hat trick to lead the Santa Clara women's soccer team to a 5-0 victory over No. 8 Pepperdine in women's soccer West Coast Conference action Sunday afternoon at Buck Shaw Stadium.
The win improved Santa Clara to 9-3-4 overall and 3-0 in WCC play, while Pepperdine fell to 12-3-0 on the year and 2-1 in conference. The loss also snapped the Waves' eight-match WCC winning streak.
Santa Clara set the tone early, out-shooting the Waves 13-2 in the first half, and taking six corner kicks. The Broncos went ahead in the 43rd minute on Osborne's first penalty kick. The penalty kick was set up by senior forward Veronica Zepeda, who was battling one-on-one with a Wave defender, then broke free to find freshman Lauren Zealear cutting to the baseline.
Zealear's shot was blocked-but not collected-by Pepperdine keeper Anna Picarelli. Bronco freshman Tiffany Roberts was going for the loose ball when she was forcefully pulled to the ground, setting up Osborne's attempt.
After intermission, Pepperdine came out on the attack. Lacey Ubaldi's attempt from wide left was punched away by SCU keeper Julie Ryder, but collected and shot by Jenna Ainsworth, hitting the crossbar. The Broncos were able to diffuse the situation by playing the ball out of bounds.
Osborne added her second goal in the 54th minute. Zepeda played the Ball through Kristi Candau and Megan Kakadelas, allowing Osborne to pass through the defense undetected and dribble through the box. She saw Picarelli commit to the near post, so Osborne went far for her second score of the contest.
The Broncos were awarded a second penalty kick in the 59th minute, when Kakadelas was pulled by her head toward the ground at the touchline. Candau was unable to convert and the score remained 2-0.
Picarelli was called for a yellow card in the 75th minute after taking down Bronco Tracy Hess in the box. Osborne converted her second penalty kick of the match for the 3-0 lead, marking her eighth goal of the season.
For the third straight contest, the Broncos netted back-to-back goals within minutes, this time a 1:19 span between Osborne's PK and Horvath's score. Ryder sent an outlet pass to Kakadelas, who was able to dribble most of the length of the field before passing to Horvath, who was racing down the right side.
Hess closed out scoring in the 82 minute when Kakadelas drew two Wave defenders and the keeper toward her before slotting a shot to Hess.
Picarelli had 13 blocks in the match for Pepperdine.