Oct. 22, 2006
(San Francisco, CA) - USF dominated No. 22 Pepperdine on Sunday afternoon, coming away with a 2-0 West Coast Conference victory. The Dons (5-11-2, 1-3-1) post their third straight upset victory over the Waves (9-5-3, 3-1-1), who carried a top-25 national ranking into three of the last four meetings between the two clubs.
Sophomore goalkeeper Katie Hodgson, who had five saves in the game, posted her first career WCC shutout as USF collected its first blanking of their Southern California foes since taking a dramatic 2-0 decision against the No. 16 Waves on the Hilltop November 2, 2001. Current USF goalkeepers coach Stephanie Beall was the Don between the posts in that contest. The Dons now lead the all-time series against Pepperdine 8-6 since 1994.
Sophomore forward Alexis Mielke earned her first career goal and game-winner for the green and gold. At 9:37, Mielke got off a shot from eight yards out that Pepperdine's sophomore goalkeeper Kayla Stolte tried to punch over the crossbar, but it crept into the left side. Freshman forward Samantha Brand was credited with the assist. Stolte had eight saves on the afternoon.
Sophomore midfielder Katherine Kimure would cap the scoring in the game with her first goal of the season. In the 39th minute, Kimure kicked in a long shot from the right side into the upper corner of the goal after senior forward Chelsea Hunt passed her the ball from midfield.
Pepperdine held a commanding shot advantage, 19-9, but couldn't covert their chances.
The Dons hold a 6-2 scoring advantage in the last three contests against Pepperdine. USF dispatched the No. 18 Waves 2-1 last October 21 at Negoesco and took a stunning 2-1 victory in Malibu against Pepperdine during the 2004 campaign.
Head Coach Pamela Kalinoski praised her team on the upset victory. "I am thrilled at how my girls played today. After a though loss on Friday, they came out prepared and ready to battle. The level of play today was tremendous. I want to commend Alexis and Katherine for their great goals. We finished our chances today and it showed. Our defense was fantastic; Katie had an amazing game in goal. Bottom line, it was just a tremendous win to beat a team in the top-25."
USF returns to action Saturday, October 29 against the Broncos in Santa Clara. Game time is set for 1:00 PM.