LOS ANGELES – Despite both teams having chances to score, it was only one goal that decided the outcome of the 2017 Women’s Soccer PCH Cup. Loyola Marymount (6-4-3, 1-2-0 WCC) dropped a close match to conference-unbeaten Pepperdine (9-2-2, 3-0-0 WCC) in Saturday’s rendition of the rivalry.
“I thought even after the goal we had some more chances, but the biggest difference today was we didn’t put away our chances and Pepperdine took advantage an opportunity and put it away,” said Head Coach Michelle Myers. “I thought we had several good scrambles, good crosses, and good balls inside the box that could have been poked in, but we just didn’t get onto them. Obviously, it is a very good Pepperdine team, and I thought our effort and everything was good today, but they just put away their chance.”
After LMU was outshot, 7-3, in the first half, the Lions came out in the second period with a few more chances on net forcing Pepperdine’s Brielle Preece to make three of her four saves after intermission. All three of LMU’s corner kicks came in the second half as well.
The Waves broke the scoreless draw in the 74th minute with a shot outside the box from Pepperdine’s Calista Reyes that was placed perfectly to sore into the back of the net for the game’s only goal. In net for LMU, Charlee Pruitt made five saves in 90 minutes.
“Now we just move forward and hope that this conference will be a little bit of a dogfight until the end,” said Myers. “We just will keep looking to win games and keep looking to prolong our season.”
The Lions stay at Sullivan Field again this upcoming week, playing a single Saturday West Coast Conference matchup against Portland. The evening game will kick off under the lights at 7 p.m. on Oct. 14.
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