Oct. 20, 2006
Malibu, Calif. - Pepperdine freshman midfielder Kelly Reilly scored in the 86th minute to break a 1-1 tie and push the No. 22 Pepperdine women's soccer team past Saint Mary's on Friday afternoon in a West Coast Conference match at Saint Mary's Stadium. The Waves improved to 9-4-3 overall to take control of the conference with a 3-0-1 record, while the Gaels fell to 3-11-2 on the season, including a 1-3-0 mark in conference.
The Waves controlled most of the action in the first half as they out-shot the home team 14-4. After shots by Lindsey Redlin, McKenzie Hill and Amanda Rupp were stopped by Gael goalkeeper Jennifer Zenovich, Pepperdine continued to challenge the defense.
Rupp took a pass from Emily Wynne and dribbled into the box where she shot from 12 yards out to put the ball into the right corner of the goal.
Trailing a score, the Gaels responded quickly as Kira Copinga headed the ball from the right side just 49 seconds into the second half. With the score knotted at one goal a piece, Saint Mary's tightened its defense and allowed only four shots.
As the clock neared zero, Rupp shot from 10 yards out as the ball was deflected off of a defender and put into the possession of Reilly, who one-timed it past Zenovich for the Wave victory.
Rupp led all players with six shots, including three shots on goal, while Redlin added five shots. Pepperdine goalkeeper Kayla Stolte tallied three saves and captured her ninth win of the season.
"Rupp scored a great first-half goal off a [Emily] Wynne pass," commented head coach Tim Ward. "Rupp has been working extremely hard and she really deserved that goal. Overall, the team is playing with so much character; battling through every match and every opportunity. They believe they can win each game and that desire to win really came through today," Ward continued.
The Waves continue conference play on the road as they face San Francisco on Sunday in a 1 p.m. match.