No. 17 Pepperdine Stuns No. 6 Santa Clara 1-0 in Season Finale
Nov. 5, 2005
Malibu, Calif. - Behind the incredible saves of senior goalkeeper Anna Picarelli and a stout defense, the No. 17 Pepperdine women's soccer team upset No. 6 Santa Clara, 1-0 , on Senior Day as both teams closed out regular-season play Saturday afternoon at Tari Frahm Rokus Field. Senior Jenna Fodor scored off of a penalty kick to give the Waves the thrilling victory.
With the win, Pepperdine finished 3-2-1 in the West Coast Conference (WCC) and improved to 13-3-3 overall, while the Broncos fell to 4-2-1 in the WCC and 14-3-2 overall.
Both teams played back and forth during the first half, with the Broncos taking 11 shots, but the Waves forbid Santa Clara any goals as the half ended scoreless.
Pepperdine regrouped and increased its momentum as the Waves found space in Bronco territory to challenge the defense and created offensive plays exhausting Santa Clara in the second half. As seniors Daniella Bosio and Megan Woods charged the goal, a penalty kick was awarded to Pepperdine after a foul in the box. Senior Jenna Fodor drilled the ball in the net passed Santa Clara goalie Julie Ryder to lift the Waves to a one-goal lead at the 80:09 mark.
The Broncos attempted to equalize the score and attacked Pepperdine in the net, but Picarelli denied the country's sixth-ranked team as she dove from one side of the net to the other to knock the ball away and give Pepperdine the win.
The last time Pepperdine defeated Santa Clara was in 2001 when the Waves topped the second-ranked Broncos 1-0 in overtime.
Picarelli picked up her sixth shutout of the season and registered a season-high 12 saves in the match, while Jenna Fodor registered her fifth goal and fifth game-winning goal of the season.
Head Coach Tim Ward was extremely proud of his team and thrilled for his seniors as they all played exceptional. "We are so excited to get the win today, especially on Senior Day. They all played phenomenal as did everyone on the field. We played hard and kept it professional and organized in the second half and believed we could win and that is what makes this team so special."
Saturday's match marked the last regular season appearance for six senior Waves. Bosio, Fodor, Picarelli, Woods and midfielders Kelsey Quane, and Lisa Steepleton are concluding their Pepperdine careers.
The Waves will turn their attention to Monday when the 64-team field to the NCAA Tournament will be announced live on ESPNEWS at 2 p.m.
First-round NCAA Tournament gets underway on Friday, November 11, at selected sites.