Santa Clara, Pepperdine Advance In NCAA Tournament
A Pair Of Close Wins Saw Both WCC Teams Through To The Next Round
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MALIBU, Calif. -- Senior Bri Visalli scored with a spectacular strike in the 87th minute to break a scoreless tie and advance the No. 11 Pepperdine women's soccer team past Cal State Fullerton, 1-0, in an NCAA Tournament first round game on Saturday afternoon in Malibu.
Visalli, the West Coast Conference Player of the Year, hit a ball from outside the box that cleared the Titan keeper and dipped into the upper right corner of the goal for the game-winning strike with just under four minutes to play. The Waves will play No. 12 Virginia on Friday at UCLA. That game time is still to be determined.
The win moves Pepperdine to 15-2-3 on the year and ends Cal State Fullerton's season at 12-6-4. It is the seventh time in program history that the Waves have advanced out of the first round of the NCAA Tournament and the third time in the last four years that the team has done so.
BERKELEY, Calif. – In the first round of the NCAA Tournament, Santa Clara women's soccer went on the road to top Cal 2-1 Saturday afternoon and advance to the second round.
The Broncos (14-6-1) jumped out to a quick lead and played with a man advantage for 87 minutes after a red card was issued to the Bears (13-6-1). Despite the advantage, Cal was able to keep it close and even tied the game in the first half.
The game-winner for Santa Clara came in the 64th minute off the foot of Kelsey Turnbow. She got the ball and dribbled inside the box before hitting a shot far post that made it 2-1.
In the third minute Maddy Gonzalez was taken down just outside the box and Indigo Gibson was given a red card for her tackle from behind. Gudrun Arnardottir took the chance and buried it in the back of the net to give the Broncos an early 1-0 lead.
Cal evened the score in the 27th on a penalty kick converted by Miranda Nild.