No. 8 Pepperdine outlasts BYU
Roundup: No. 5 Wake Forest, No. 17 Maryland battle to draw
PROVO, Utah -- Eighth-ranked Pepperdine held on to defeat BYU 1-0 on Saturday afternoon. The lone goal came off the foot of freshman Lynn Williams in the second minute of play and the Waves made it hold up through the rest of the game.
Pepperdine goalkeeper Roxanne Barker made five saves to preserve her sixth shutout of the season and second of the weekend.
The Waves wasted no time getting on the board, as the defense won the ball and advanced it up to Michelle Manning, who moved it onto the Waves' attacking half with a pass to Laura Cole. Cole took two touches to her right and spotted a streaking Williams, who outraced her defender, caught up to the ball on the right side of the 18-yard box and took a one-touch shot that sailed into the right side of the net to put the Waves up 1-0 in just the second minute of play. The goal is the fifth of the season for Williams.
Playing in front of a crowd of 2,259, the Cougars were not going to give up on their home field. Although the Waves earned a corner kick opportunity in the ninth minute, the Cougars came back with a corner opportunity of their own in the 12th minute. In the 38th minute of the match, Barker made her lone save of the first half off a shot from the Cougars' Jaiden Thornock.
The Cougars came out on the offensive in the second half, forcing Barker to make four saves on eight shots, but the Waves' defensive unit of Michelle Pao, Kristin DeGrandmont, Kelsea Smith and Myriah Stockman held off the Cougars' attacking efforts to preserve the victory.
The Waves are now 2-0 in WCC play and remain undefeated with a record of 10-0-4. The squad extends its school-record unbeaten streak to 15, stemming back to the end of the 2010 season.
No. 5 Wake Forest 0, No. 17 Maryland 0
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Goalkeeper Aubrey Bledsoe earned her ninth shutout of the season, tying the Wake Forest single-season record, as No. 5 Wake Forest and No. 17 Maryland combined for 34 shots, but none of them found the back on the net leaving the game to finish in a 0-0 double-overtime draw at Ludwig Field on Saturday night.
Bledsoe's ninth clean sheet of the year tied the school record set by Erin Regan in 1999. She made nine saves on the night, tying her career-high that she set last year against Florida State. Bledsoe has only allowed six goals in 14 games this season, good for a 0.41 goals against average.
The Deacons took 15 shots in the back-and-forth game, led by four each from Katie Stengel and Alisha Woodson. Wake Forest cranked up the intensity in the two overtime periods, forcing Maryland goalkeeper Yewande Balogun to make three quality saves. The Terrapin goalie finished with seven saves on the night.
Jasmyne Spencer came close to giving Maryland the lead in the 29th minute when she had a wide-open header at the back post, but she pushed the shot across the goalmouth and it was cleared by the Wake Forest defense.
Wake Forest's Katie Stengel had a golden opportunity in the 81st minute. She drew the goalkeeper Balogun out of position and dribbled around her, charging in on the left from a tight angle and getting to the top of the six-yard box before blasting a shot that was blocked off of her foot by a Terrapin defender.
Bledsoe made six saves in the second half, including a good stop on Haley Brock. The Terrapins were almost the beneficiary of a Wake Forest own goal as a cross deflected by a defender appeared headed for the net, but Bledsoe grabbed it only inches before it crossed the line.
Game information and photos compiled from athletic department websites.