Pepperdine Cruises To WCC Crown
The Waves Won The WCC Title On Saturday After Their 13th Shutout Of The Season
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Story by Pepperdine Athletic Communications
MALIBU, California – A dominating 4-0 victory over Portland in the regular-season finale lifted the #12 Pepperdine women’s soccer team to its second consecutive West Coast Conference championship at Tari Frahm Rokus Field on Saturday afternoon.
On Senior Day, seniors Bri Visalli and Jamie Van Horn scored on penalty kicks, while freshmen Calista Reyes and Brie Welch had the other goals. The Waves outshot the Pilots 29-2 and were rarely threatened on defense.
The Waves won their first-ever outright WCC title with an 8-0-1 record, and they’ve now won back-to-back titles for the first time in program history. Pepperdine (14-2-3 overall) extended a school record with its 13th shutout of the season.
33’ – Pepperdine, Bri Visalli (13th of the season) – Visalli was knocked down at the top of the box, and then converted the penalty kick to give the Waves a 1-0 lead.
42’ – Pepperdine, Calista Reyes (5th of the season) – Reyes had a terrific individual effort, taking the ball in the midfield and dribbling past a defender and into the right side of the box. She beat the goalkeeper to the far post to give the Waves a 2-0 lead at halftime.
63’ – Pepperdine, Jamie Van Horn (2nd of the season) – After Brie Welch was tripped up in the box by Portland’s goalkeeper, another penalty kick was awarded, and Van Horn buried her attempt in the back of the net.
- Shots – Pepperdine 29, Portland 2
- Shots on Goal – Pepperdine 15, Portland 0
- Saves – Brielle Preece (PEPP) 0, Rachel Lusby (UP) 5, Madison Zamora (UP) 5.
- Corners – Pepperdine 9, Portland 2.
- Fouls – Pepperdine 9, Portland 4.
- The Waves concluded WCC play with eight shutouts in nine games. They scored 29 goals and allowed only one in league games.
- This was the fourth WCC title in Pepperdine’s history.
- This was Pepperdine’s largest margin of victory ever against Portland (5-13-1, 2-7-0).
- Five seniors were honored before the game: Van Horn, Visalli, Meagan Harbison, Alex Marmureanu and Emily Tanaka.
- Visalli’s 24th career goal gave her sole possession of seventh place on the Waves’ all-time list.
- Pepperdine heads into the postseason unbeaten in its last 13 games.
Head Coach Tim Ward said: “This group just keeps growing. They’ve proven that they are the best defensive unit we’ve ever had here. I know there are a lot of teams in the country that work hard, but I’d argue that we work as hard as anybody. And I’ve got the best coaching staff in the country. We’ve got a lot of big dreams and we want to make the impossible possible. No Pepperdine team had ever won back-to-back WCC championships and this one wanted to be the first. We’re trying to break through, we’ve never beyond the Sweet 16 and that’s the next thing we want to do.”
The NCAA Tournament field will be announced on Monday at 1:30 p.m. online at NCAA.com. Pepperdine expects to host a first-round home game next Saturday afternoon.