Oct. 28, 2007
Malibu, CA - The Saint Mary's women's soccer team suffered its worst loss of the season with a 5-1 West Coast Conference defeat to the Pepperdine Waves on Sunday afternoon at Tari Frahm Rokus Field. Saint Mary's (6-9-2, 0-5-0) got its goal from sophomore defender Jessica Menzhuber late in the second half when the score was already 4-0. The Gaels attempted only six shots.
The Waves, who improved to 5-6-6 overall and 2-2-1 in conference, got first-half goals from midfielder Nicole Romanowski, midfielder Mckenzie Hill and forward Amanda Rupp and second-half scores from forward Sage Coralli and midfielder Joanna Idom. Pepperdine took 27 shots, including 18 on goal, and set season highs for shots, goals, assists (seven) and points (17).
It didn't take long at all for the Waves to get on the scoreboard, as Romanowski scored her second goal of the season at 4:11. Junior defender Ashley Copp sent in a free kick from near midfield, and freshman defender Cammie Burke headed it toward the goal. It bounced off the crossbar and caromed back to Romanowski, who one-timed it in from about eight yards away.
It took a while to get the second and third goals, but they came in quick succession. Waves forward Alexis Farler won the ball on the left side and slid it into the middle for Hill, who dribbled to her right and hit a hard, low shot from 25 yards that made it inside the left post. It was her second goal of the season and it came at 34:19. Then, less than four minutes later, Coralli hit a long shot that forced the Saint Mary's goalkeeper to make a diving save, but Rupp was right there to knock in the rebound from a couple of yards away for her team-high fifth goal of the season at 37:57.
Pepperdine's fourth score came at 65:32 as Coralli notched her first collegiate goal. Freshman forward Rebecca Klamser passed the ball up the middle of the field for Coralli, who got around a defender and scored on a shot from 20 yards away.
Saint Mary's prevented the Waves from earning a shutout in the 84th minute. After a corner kick attempt was cleared away, the ball went to Menzhuber, who hit a well-placed chip shot from 20 yards that found the upper-right corner of the net.
The Waves weren't done on the scoring column, however, getting their fifth and final goal with just six seconds left on the clock. The Gaels attempted to clear the ball from deep in their end, but Pepperdine midfielder Jenna Shay got a head on it and knocked the ball over to sophomore forward Sophia Medina, who quickly sent a through ball forward for Idom. With only the goalkeeper to beat, Idom notched her second goal of the season and her second in two games at 89:54.
Saint Mary's will return to the pitch on Friday, November 2 with a game against the No. 17 ranked San Diego Toreros. The game between SMC and San Diego will be played at Saint Mary's Stadium.