Oct. 21, 2007
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The 11th-ranked University of San Diego women's soccer team battled to a 1-1 double overtime tie with Pepperdine University in a West Coast Conference match at Torero Stadium Sunday afternoon.
With the tie, the Toreros move to 11-2-3 overall, 2-0-1 in the WCC and run their program-best unbeaten streak to 11. Pepperdine now moves to 3-5-6 overall and 0-2-1 in the WCC.
Both teams had scoring opportunities in the first half, but were unable to put the ball into the back of the net. One of USD's scoring opportunities came about 38 minutes into the match when Amy Epsten burned past a defender and appeared to have a break away opportunity, but she was unable to control the ball and the Pepperdine defenders were able to prevent a USD goal.
Pepperdine also had several opportunities, as in the 52nd minute of the match, Cammie Burk rocketed off a shot from a corner kick and the ball hit the crossbar and fell almost straight down. Then USD's junior goalkeeper Brittany Cameron punched the ball away. The ball in turn fell to the feet of Pepperdine's Joanna Idom and she in rocketed off a shot, only to have the USD defenders block it and preserve the scoreless contest.
San Diego finally broke into the scoring column first as in the 78th minute of action, Vanessa Vella took a free kick in the Pepperdine side of the field. Vella rocketed the ball off the cross bar and it fell into a crowded goal box and fell to Epsten's feet. Epsten in turn fired off a shot to the top right corner of the goal for her eighth goal of the season.
In the 87th minute, Pepperdine was able to tie tings up as McKenzie Hill got off a shot in a crowded USD goal box that got past Cameron to force the overtime period.
In the second overtime, USD had a couple of opportunities to put the game away with one of their best opportunities coming in the 104th minute of action. Freshman striker Ashleigh Shoughro broke free of the Pepperdine defense inside the goal box and hit a laser strike at the goal, but Pepperdine's goalkeeper Kayla Stolte made a diving save to preserve the 1-1 tie.
Pepperdine outshot the Toreros 14-10 and had a slight 8-7 advantage in corner kicks.
The Toreros will take their 11-game unbeaten streak on the road to Portland, Ore. to take on the University of Portland on Thursday an a Nationally Televised match on the Fox Soccer Channel. The match is set for a 8 p.m. start.