Oct. 20, 2006
Moraga, CA - Kelly Reilly scored with 4:11 remaining in the game to lift the No. 23 ranked Pepperdine Waves to a 2-1 West Coast Conference win over the Saint Mary's women's soccer team on Friday afternoon from Saint Mary's Stadium. With the loss, Saint Mary's drops to 3-11-2 overall and 1-3 in WCC play, while Pepperdine improves to 9-4-3 overall and 3-0-1 in conference action.
Pepperdine controlled much of the play in the first half, as it out shot the Gaels 14-4 over the first 45 minutes of play. Pepperdine scored only once in the first half, that coming in the 31st minute when Amanda Rupp scored her third goal of the season. Rupp took a pass from Emily Wynne just outside the penalty box and dribbled into the box. Rupp hit a right-footed shot from 12 yards out past SMC goalkeeper Jennifer Zenovich into the lower right corner of the goal.
Saint Mary's trailed 1-0 at halftime, but looked like a different team in the second half. Saint Mary's answered the Waves' first half goal just 49 seconds into the second half when freshman Kira Copinga netted her first collegiate goal. On SMC's first possession of the second half, freshman Ashley Nied fired a cross in from the right sideline. Copinga's header from seven yards out found the back of the net, knotting the score a 1-1.
SMC and Pepperdine played even soccer as the Gaels took three shots and Pepperdine managed four shots against a much tighter SMC defense in the second half. However, the fourth shot would be the undoing for the Gaels. Pepperdine's second goal came as the 85:49 mark when Kelly Reilly was in the right place at the right time. After Amanda Rupp's shot from 10 yards out was blocked by a Saint Mary's defender, the ball deflected directly to Reilly. Reilly one-timed a shot past Zenovich for her second goal of the season.
Zenovich finished the game with six saves as the Waves took a total of 18 shots against the Gaels. Pepperdine goalkeeper Kayla Stolte earned the win after allowing one goal and posting three saves against seven SMC shots.
Saint Mary's will return to action on Sunday when the Gaels host Loyola Marymount in a WCC contest. The game between SMC and LMU will kick off at 1 p.m. from Saint Mary's Stadium in Moraga.