UCLA Edges Pepperdine 1-0 In First Round Of NCAA Tournament Friday Night
Nov. 12, 2004
UCLA continued to be a tough obstacle for the Pepperdine women's soccer team to overcome as the Bruins scored with less than 10 minutes remaining to hand the Waves a 1-0 loss in the first round of the NCAA Tournament Friday night at Drake Stadium in Los Angeles.
With the victory, UCLA advances to the second round where it will face the winner of San Diego-UNLV match on Sunday at 1 p.m. The Toreros and Rebels are currently in action.
Pepperdine concludes its season with a 9-7-3 record.
The loss marked the third in the last four years that the Waves lost to the host Bruins in the NCAA Tournament. In 2001 and 2003 the Bruins defeated Pepperdine in second-round matches.
Junior forward Iris Mora broke a scoreless tie in the 81st minute when she beat Pepperdine goalkeeper Anna Picaralli to a through ball and lofted it into an empty from 10 yards out on the left side at the 80:52 mark. Sophomore forward Bristyn Davis was credited with an assist on the play as she served the through ball.
Neither team was able to break through in the first half although UCLA had the better scoring chances as the Bruins out-shot the Waves 7-4 and held a 4-3 edge in shots-on-goal.
Both teams had great scoring chances in the final five minutes of the half as UCLA's Kim Devine was fouled just outside the box and was awarded a free kick. However, junior goalkeeper Anna Picarelli came up with a big save to keep the Bruins off the scoreboard.
The Waves had their best chance minutes later as freshman midfielder Samantha Hire received the ball in open space and had a clear shot at the goal. UCLA freshman goalkeeper Valerie Henderson dove to her right for the save.
UCLA finished the match with an 18-8 advantage in shots, including a 9-5 edge in shots-on-goal.