Aug. 25, 2006
Malibu, Calif. - The No. 20 Pepperdine women's soccer team kicked off the 2006 season with a 5-0 shutout over Idaho on Friday afternoon at Tari Frahm Rokus Field in Malibu, Calif. The Waves' five goals marked a program high for a season and home opener as Pepperdine received goals from four different players, while five players on the field recorded nine total assists.
The Waves (1-0-0) started off slow in the match, but by the end of the first period, Pepperdine took the 1-0 lead over the Vandals (0-1-0) after sophomore midfielder Emily Wynne knocked in the ball at the 22:28 mark, recording her first goal of the season. Seniors Lindsey Redlin and Caitlin Mitchell were credited with the assists.
With just over a minute played in the second period, freshman Sophia Medina scored her first goal as a Wave as she sailed the ball over Idaho goalie Caylee Ketchum's head to put Pepperdine up 2-0 at the 46:23 mark with junior midfielder Samantha Hire and Mitchell picking up assists.
The Waves continued to dominate in Vandal territory and with a sea of orange in front of the net, junior midfielder Jenna Shay, along with Hire, helped senior Jennifer Brewer score the Waves' third goal of the match at the 53:19 mark. Idaho found room to pressure the defense, but sophomore goalkeeper Kayla Stolte secured the net as she record three saves before junior Kathryn Cumming replaced her late in the second period.
With a three-goal lead, Pepperdine was not done scoring just yet. At the 74:53 mark, junior McKenzie Hill knocked in a header from the left side past Ketchum, receiving assists from Shay and Wynne. Medina raced down the field as she broke away, moving right, past the goalie and with an open net, Medina knocked in her second and Pepperdine's final goal of the match.
Stolte and Cumming, who recorded one save in the match, combined for Pepperdine's first shutout of the season.
The Waves out shot Idaho 21-6, which included eight shots on goal. Wynne led the Waves with six shots, while Redlin added three shots.
"Without a scrimmage, we weren't sure what we really had, but we felt confident we had a special group of girls," head coach Tim Ward stated. "It was great to see all the different players involved with the goals and the assists; it's a very nice way to begin the season. Seeing our defense help our two goalkeepers to a shutout is great."
The Waves see their first road match of the season on Sunday, August 27 when they travel to Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo for a 1 p.m. match.