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Waves Rise in 3-1 Upset of No. 18 Kansas on Friday

Sept. 15, 2006

Malibu, Calif. - In its first road match in three weeks, the Pepperdine women's soccer team came from behind to upset No. 18 Kansas, 3-1, on Friday afternoon at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex in Lawrence, Kan. With the win, the Waves improved to 4-1-2 on the season as they continued their five-match unbeaten streak, while the Jayhawks fell to 4-2 on the season.

Kansas got off to a quick start as it took a shot within the first minute of the match and after two Jayhawk corner kicks, the Waves charged forward and took possession as junior McKenzie Hill's shot fell wide. The Jayhawks found the ball once again and at the 36:42 mark, Jessica Kilpatrick found the back of the net after receiving the ball off of a corner kick to give Kansas the one-goal lead.

Their opponent would control the first half, taking nine shots and six corner kicks, but the game quickly took a turn the instant the whistle was blown to begin the second 45 minutes. Senior Jennifer Brewer scored the equalizing goal from 45 yards out, placing the ball carefully in the top corner of the net at the 46:51 mark.

Pepperdine continued to pressure the defense and after a Redlin shot went wide, the Waves attacked in front of the Kansas box. Freshman Kelly Reilly found a loose ball in front of the net and chipped it in to give the Waves the 2-1 lead at the 56:06 mark. The goal marked Reilly's first career goal as a Wave.

Feeling the pressure in front of its home crowd, Kansas was able to take two shots and a corner kick, but Pepperdine's defense stayed tight as it sent the ball back in the favor of the Waves. After a foul was called on Kansas, Redlin booted the free kick, which ricocheted into the Jayhawks' defensive wall and into Hill's possession. The midfielder took advantage of the shot and knocked in the Waves' third goal at the 80:12 mark.

With less than 10 minutes to play and down by two goals, Kansas attempted to pick up its game as two shots went high and wide. Jayhawk Holly Gault attempted one last shot, but Pepperdine goalkeeper Kayla Stolte was there to make her fifth save of the game.

Courtney Nelson, Caitlin Mitchell, Jenna Shay and Courtney Price led the defense as it played a vital role in the victory with the Jayhawks taking 16 shots to Pepperdine's eight. Stolte picked up her fourth win of the season as she tied her career high of five saves.

Head Coach Tim Ward thought his team played exceptional, especially in the windy conditions. "The first half was tough for us, but we tested the keeper in the second half and it paid off," said Ward. "I thought our team showed so much character and heart and it's a great win against a great Kansas team. We know the weekend isn't over yet, but it's a good way to kick it off."

The Waves continue their road trip as they travel to Tempe, Ariz. to face Arizona State in a 5 p.m. (PDT) match on Sun., Sept. 17 at Sun Devil Stadium.