Sept. 22, 2006
Malibu, Calif. - McKenzie Hill's late goal at the 78:13 mark broke a scoreless tie to lift No. 19 Pepperdine past San Diego State, 1-0, on Friday afternoon at Tari Frahm Rokus Field in Malibu, Calif. The Waves captured their third straight victory as they extended their unbeaten streak to seven, improving their record to 6-1-2 on the season.
The Aztecs (4-6) came out strong from the start as they immediately put pressure on the Waves' defense, recording two shots on goal. Senior Jennifer Brewer returned with a shot on frame, while sophomore Emily Wynne and junior McKenzie Hill also found room to attempt shots. After 45 minutes of play, the score remained tied with both teams taking five shots.
The visiting team battled to get Pepperdine out of the box as the Waves repeatedly took corner kicks. After the Waves saw several scoring opportunities, the home team ultimately took the lead after a Wynne shot hit the crossbar, but Hill followed through to knock in the loose the ball past San Diego State goalie Cat Burson. Hill has scored a goal in Pepperdine's last three matches, totaling her season goals at four.
With less than 10 minutes to play in the second period, the Aztecs had a chance to equal the score after taking two corner kicks, but Pepperdine was able to secure the 1-0 shutout.
After returning home from a 2-0 road trip, head coach Tim Ward was happy with today's result. "San Diego State played really well in first half, but our team was able to weather the storm in the second half. We're really proud of the response our girls had and they made some great scoring opportunities."
Pepperdine's four-match road trip begins on Sunday when it makes a short trip to Los Angeles to face No. 3 UCLA on Sunday in a 1 p.m. match at Frank W. Marshall Field.