Pepperdine explodes for four goals in final 14 minutes in win vs. Pacific
STOCKTON, Calif. -- Eighth-ranked Pepperdine exploded for four goals in the final 14 minutes of play on Sunday, downing Pacific 5-0 on the road in a WCC contest.
The Waves led 1-0 after the first half of play before the late offensive explosion. Pepperdine's five-goal win comes two days after a 0-0 tie at Saint Mary's in which the team had eight shots on goal, but couldn't find the back of the net. The win puts the Waves in first place in the WCC standings, sitting a point ahead of the idle No. 23 BYU Cougars.
"This was a wonderful response by our team after a tough result on Friday," said head coach Tim Ward, whose team moves to 12-1-2 overall, 3-0-1 WCC. "We scored some of our best team goals of the year in a game that required patience and belief against a Pacific team that was well organized."
Taylor Alvarado got the scoring started in 39th minute, finishing a pass from Ally Holtz that slid across goal for her fourth score of the year.
The Waves had plenty of chances to add to the lead in the early going of the second half, putting up 15 total shots before they got on the board again. Lynn Williams broke through in the 77th minute as Meghan Schoen and Kristen Rodriguez linked together a sequence into the box that finished with Williams knocking home a one-timer at the far post for her ninth goal of the year.
Rylee Baisden finished a give-and-go with Holtz just over four minutes later to put Pepperdine ahead 3-0, and then Williams knocked home her 10th goal of the season on yet another assist by Holtz.Courtney Assumma capped the scoring in the 87th minute, scoring on a free kick into the right corner.
It was the Waves' highest scoring output of the season as they scored five goals on 21 total shots, 11 of which were on target. The Pepperdine defense allowed just two shots by Pacific and not a single one on goal in the game.
"Getting two clean sheets on the road in the WCC is always a big achievement," Ward said. "We were able to play every player today and everyone contributed to this win."
Holtz's three assists in the game were a season-high for the Waves and Williams' two-goal game was her second of the year. Baisden and Assumma's scores were both players' second of the year. It was Pepperdine's ninth shutout this season.
Pacific falls to 2-11-1, 0-4-0 WCC on the season.