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San Diego Athletics | October 19, 2014

USD hands No. 7 Pepperdine first home loss

MALIBU, Calif. -- Sophomore midfielder Jacqueline Altschuld's third goal of the season lifted San Diego to a thrilling 2-1 win against No. 7 Pepperdine on Saturday afternoon in a West Coast Conference match.

With the win, the Toreros improve to 6-6-2 overall, move to 2-2-0 in the WCC and have snapped a four-game losing streak to the Waves. USD also dealt Pepperdine their first home loss of the season, and this win marked USD's fourth against a ranked opponent this season. With the loss, Pepperdine falls to 12-2-2 overall and falls to 3-1-1 in the WCC.

The Toreros wasted no time in scoring, as in the third minute of action, Rachel Conners sent a pass to Jacqueline Altschild, and she fed the ball to a crowded goal box. Then off a deflection, Victoria Walker was able to put the ball away for her fourth goal of the season, giving USD a 1-0 lead.

The Waves were then able to even things up in the 32nd minute of action. Rylee Baisden tallied her second goal of the season, as Lynn Williams sent a pass to Hailey Harbiison, and she fed the ball to Baisden who broke away from all players on the right side, and was able to sneak the ball into the back of the net, moving the score to 1-1.

Then late in the second half, USD regained the lead for good, as in the 75th minute of action, USD took a corner kick. The ball was headed out of the goal box by the Waves, but it found the feet of Mariah Butera, and she sent cross over to Altschuld, and she then put the ball into the back of the net to give USD the 2-1 win.

Pepperdine outshot the Toreros 23-6 and held a territorial 7-2 advantage in corner kicks.

Michelle Craft picked up the win in goal for the Toreros, as she allowed one goal and recorded seven saves. Pepperdine's Hannah Seabert was saddled with the loss in goal for the Waves, as she allowed two goals and recorded two saves.

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