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Rupp's Overtime Goal Lifts Waves Past San Diego.

Oct. 13, 2006

Malibu, Calif. - Amanda Rupp's goal in the second overtime period lifted the Pepperdine women's soccer team past San Diego for a 2-1 come-from-behind victory in a West Coast Conference (WCC) match on Friday afternoon at Tari Frahm Rokus Field in Malibu, Calif. With the win, the Waves improved to 7-4-3 overall and remain unbeaten in conference with a 1-1-0 record.

After playing the ball back and forth for much of the first period, the Toreros (8-6-0, 0-2-0 WCC) opened the scoring with a goal from Hallie Huston at the 30:04 mark. Pepperdine attempted to even the score as they saw opportunities on back-to-back corner kicks, but would begin the second period trailing by one goal.

The home team responded in the second 45 minutes as it bombarded San Diego with shots. As a sea of white jerseys stood in front of the Torero box after a corner kick, it was only a matter of time before a Wave would find the back of the net. Ashley Copp got her foot on the ball and at the 49:25 mark, the sophomore knocked in the game-tying goal. Freshman Alexis Farler was credited with the assist.

San Diego quickly found its tempo again as it was determined to challenge the home team, but goalkeeper Kayla Stolte came up with several significant saves to keep the score even and send the match into overtime.

The Waves have experienced some overtime woes, but the home team bounced back as it controlled the majority of play. Just when the match looked like it would end in a tie, freshman Sophia Medina dribbled the ball into the center to draw San Diego goalie Karen Cook out of the net. Medina found Rupp nearby who sent the ball into the corner of the net for the game-winning goal.

Midfielder Emily Wynne led all players with four shots, while Farler added three shots.

Stolte recorded fives saves in the match.

"This was a pivotal win for the program," said head coach Tim Ward. "We're really proud of this team and to come from behind against a very good San Diego team is great. The response our team had was excellent and this win has really lifted our spirits," stated Ward.

Pepperdine continues WCC action as it hosts No. 3 Santa Clara on Sunday, Oct. 15. The first kick is set for 1 p.m. at Tari Frahm Rokus Field.