Broncos, Waves Exit NCAA Tournament After Stellar Seasons
Pepperdine and Santa Clara saw their seasons come to a close this weekend at the NCAA Tournament
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COLUMBIA S.C. – Playing the top-seeded team in its region, Santa Clara women's soccer fell in a tight match to No. 5 South Carolina 1-0 Sunday afternoon in the third round of the NCAA Tournament.
An early goal for the Gamecocks (18-2-1) turned out to be the only scoring on the day. The Broncos (15-7-1), averaging 3.2 goals per match during their nine-game winning streak and shutout just once during their first 22 matches, created several dangerous chances but couldn't find the equalizer.
Some bad luck for Santa Clara led to the lone goal of the afternoon. A shot by Meaghan Carrigan went off the crossbar but the ball went directly to the head of Savanna McCaskill who found the back of the net.
Maria Sanchez had the best chance for the Broncos in the 66th minute when she used her big left foot to put a shot on frame but South Carolina keeper Mika Krzeczowski was able to make the save.
Santa Clara keeper Melissa Lowder finished the day with two saves, including a diving stop in the second half that kept the game close.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The No. 11 Pepperdine women's soccer team ended its season with a 3-0 loss to 12th-ranked and third-seeded Virginia on Friday night at UCLA in a second round NCAA Tournament game.
The Waves end the season 15-3-3 on the year after making the program's seventh appearance in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Virginia moves to 13-5-4 and will play the winner of UCLA/Northwestern on Sunday.
A short-handed Pepperdine squad, playing without its second and fifth leading scorers, couldn't sustain its attack and break down the Cavalier defense on Friday night after giving up an early goal. It was the first time all season the vaunted Waves defense had allowed more than one goal.