Loyola Marymount holds on to early lead to shut out No. 15 Pepperdine
MALIBU, Calif. -- Loyola Marymount got offensive production early and a solid 90 minutes of play from its defense on its way to a 3-0 shutout of 15th-ranked Pepperdine Friday at TF Rokus Field.
The Lions (8-5-2, 2-2-0 WCC) picked up three points in the West Coast Conference standings while also earning points in the fourth annual PCH Cup. Pepperdine dropped to 11-4-0 overall and 2-1-0 in WCC play.
The Waves represented the fourth ranked opponent the Lions have faced this season, and the first win against a ranked opponent since opening the 2011 season with a 3-1 victory at then-No. 18 Texas.
LMU struck three times in the opening 11 minutes of play to take an early commanding lead. Cassidy Nicks put the Lions on the board at the 5:47 mark with the first shot of the match. She took a through ball from Darien Pyka and beat Pepperdine keeper Roxanne Barker to the near post from 15 yards out.
Nicks got in the action on the Lions second goal, sending a cross into the mix, where Emily Maletis was able to head a shot over Barker for a 2-0 LMU lead at the nine-minute mark.
Just two minutes later, LMU made it 3-0 when Jo Blankenship fed Etajha Gilmer up the left flank. Gilmer broke past the Waves defensive line, then beat Barker with a left-footed shot to the far post.
The Waves finished the match with a 21-10 shot advantage, including an 8-4 shot-on-goal edge. LMU's Brittany Jagger came up with eight saves in her fifth shutout of the season.
Pepperdine had surrendered more than two goals just once prior this season -- a 4-0 loss to then-No. 3 UCLA on Sept. 16.