Oct. 15, 2006
Malibu, Calif. - Backed by a stout defense and a late goal by Sophia Medina, the Pepperdine women's soccer team upset No. 3 Santa Clara, 1-0, in a West Coast Conference (WCC) match on Sunday afternoon at Tari Frahm Rokus Field in Malibu, Calif. With the win, the Waves remained unbeaten in conference with a 2-0-1 record and improved to 8-4-3 overall.
Santa Clara (11-3-1, 1-1-1 WCC) set the tempo of play as it quickly managed the ball out of the gate. After taking shots from the corners, Pepperdine took its turn with offense. Forward Lindsey Redlin fed the ball to midfielder Emily Wynne who rocketed the pass toward the net, but Bronco goalkeeper Meagan McCray was there to make the save. Minutes later, the Waves would see another scoring opportunity on a corner kick.
The WCC foes headed into the second period deadlocked at a scoreless tie with both teams fighting to find a gap. The Broncos had several chances to knock in a score after taking numerous corner kicks, but Pepperdine's solid defense denied any chance of that.
The home team took charge of the match as defender Jennifer Brewer and Redlin took shots, while the Broncos' frustration was apparent. As Redlin received the ball, she lobbed the ball to freshman Sophia Medina who beat a defender to face McCray head on. Medina knocked in the ball six yards out for the lone goal of the game at the 80:24 mark to give the Waves the lead.
With less than a minute left in regulation, the Broncos weren't out of the game just yet as a foul was called on Pepperdine outside the box. A Bronco corner kick followed, but Pepperdine would regain possession as time ticked down to zero and Tim Ward's squad notched the upset.
Today's 1-0 victory marks the second consecutive year Pepperdine upset a nationally-ranked Santa Clara program. Last season, the Waves defeated then-No. 6 Santa Clara, 1-0, at home.
Pepperdine goalkeeper Kayla Stolte recorded five saves in the shutout--her fifth of the season.
The Waves leave Malibu for a four-match road trip which begins on Friday, Oct. 20 with conference match against Saint Mary's at 3 p.m.