MALIBU, Calif. — No. 8 Pepperdine kept its unbeaten record intact as the Waves beat San Diego 1-0 in their West Coast Conference opener on Thursday at Tari Frahm Rokus Field. Senior forward Laura Cole put away the lone goal for the Waves and the defensive unit held strong to preserve the victory.
With the score tied 0-0 heading into the second half, the Waves amped up the offensive pressure, as defender Myriah Stockman made a run down the sideline and took a shot that went wide just five minutes into the half. Forward Lynn Williams gave Torero goalkeeper Courtney Parsons all she could handle with a hard shot at the 54:56 mark, but Parsons was able to make the save to preserve the tie at 0-0. Just a few minutes later in the 61st minute a shot from the Toreros’ Stephanie Ochs forced Pepperdine goalkeeper Roxanne Barker to make a save of her own that keep the score tied.
The lone goal of the match came when Williams made a run down the right side of the pitch and crossed the ball into the middle, where it found the feet of Manning, who dropped the ball back for a surging Cole. Cole took a few dribbles past San Diego’s back line and put away a low, hard shot into the lower left corner. The goal put the Waves up 1-0 at the 67:31 mark and was the fourth of Cole’s senior season. The assist went to Manning, her third of the year.
Pepperdine was able to weather the storm through the final whistle and hold on for the 1-0 victory. The Waves outshot the Toreros 12-8 on the evening and snapped a three-game losing streak against their conference foes.
With the victory the Waves have extended their new school record unbeaten streak to 14 games, stemming back to last season’s final game victory against Santa Clara.
No. 4 Duke 1, No. 7 Boston College 0
NEWTON, Mass. — Fourth-ranked Duke accomplished something it hasn’t ever done before on Thursday night as the Blue Devils notched 1-0 victory against No. 7 Boston College at the Newton Soccer Field. Duke entered the match with a 0-3-1 all-time record in matches played at Boston College, but ended that streak with the win.
Blue Devil sophomore Kaitlyn Kerr registered the game-winning goal in the 67th minute to lift Duke to one of its biggest road wins in school history. Duke moves to 13-1-1 overall and 5-0-1 in Atlantic Coast Conference action. The Blue Devils now own sole possession of first place in the ACC. Boston College fell to 9-1-2, 4-1-0 on the year.
Boston College fired five late shots on goal but the Blue Devil defense held off the Eagle attack to capture the win. For the match, Duke was outshot 16-11. Boston College also had an 8-6 advantage in corner kicks.
Tara Campbell registered seven saves on the night for the Blue Devils, while Jillian Mastroianni added four for the Eagles. With her shutout, Campbell now owns the Duke single-season record for shutouts with 10. As a team, the Blue Devils own 11 shutouts on the year, which ranks tied for fifth on the Duke list. The single-season record is 13.
Duke scored only the fourth goal allowed by Boston College in 12 matches. The Blue Devils have allowed only one goal over the last eight contests.
No. 10 North Carolina 2, Clemson 0
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Courtney Jones scored for the third consecutive game, all Tar Heel wins, and Kealia Ohai added an insurance goal as No. 10 North Carolina blanked Clemson 2-0 at Fetzer Field on Thursday night. UNC improved to 9-2 overall on the season and 4-1 in the ACC while the Tigers dropped to 5-8 overall and 0-6 in conference play.
North Carolina played without a trio of starters. Crystal Dunn and Amber Brooks are in California training with the U23 U.S. national team and Ranee Premji sat out after being injured in last Sunday’s win at Miami. Rachel Wood also missed her third consecutive game but is expected back against Duke next Thursday. Dunn and Brooks return from California on Friday to rejoin their Tar Heel teammates.
After a scoreless first half, the Tar Heels began to get the better of the play about 20 minutes into the second half. UNC had a flurry of three shots in a span of six seconds as the ball was pinged around the box with abandon. The third shot of the sequence came off the foot of Kealia Ohai at 63:20 and it was saved by Lauren Arnold. After Liska Dobberstein missed wide on the other end of the field UNC earned a goal kick and scored less than a minute later. Jones was on the finishing end for her fourth goal of the season as she collected a through ball and finished it to the far post from 22 yards out at the 64:14 mark.
The Tar Heels then added an insurance goal off the foot of Kealia Ohai with 33 seconds to play. Maria Lubrano fed a through ball to the streaking Ohai who converted on the breakaway. Arnold got her hands on the ball but was unable to corral it and it ended up in the back of the frame for Ohai’s fourth goal of the season.
UNC finished with a 13-7 edge in shots. Each team had four corner kicks on the evening.
Game information and photos compiled from athletic department websites.