Lions Battle No. 5 Pepperdine
Battling the No. 5 ranked team in the nation, the LMU women's soccer team put up a fight, but ultimately fell 2-0 to Pepperdine Sunday at Sullivan Field.
Oct. 16, 2011
LOS ANGELES - Battling the No. 5 ranked team in the nation, the LMU women's soccer team put up a fight, but ultimately fell 2-0 to Pepperdine Sunday at Sullivan Field.
The Lions move to 7-6-2 on the season and 1-2-1 in WCC action. The Waves improve to 11-0-4 overall and remain the lone unbeaten in conference play at 3-0-0.
The opening 20 minutes of play featured back-and-forth action between the two teams, though neither was able to create a quality shot opportunity.
Pepperdine finally broke through in the 24th minute on the second goal of the season by Karissa Garcia. Laura Cole started the action as she beat an LMU defender near the right corner of the box and sent a shot at the near post. LMU goalkeeper Brittany Jagger dove to her left and was able to block the shot attempt, but the rebound came back out into the center of the box where Garcia was able to volley it back into the open net.
The Waves scored in similar fashion midway through the second half as Anisa Guajardo recorded her WCC-leading ninth goal of the year. A shot attempt by Katie Gallanes from the left side of the box, ricocheted off the left post and to the feet of Guajardo who sent the rebound back into the goal at 65:42.
LMU had a pair of shots late in the half, including one by Brianne Medved and one by Brittney Sanford, but Pepperdine goalkeeper Roxanne Barker made two saves on her way to keeping the Lions off the board.
The Lions are on the road for a pair of WCC matches next week. On Thursday they travel to Provo, Utah, to face BYU. That is followed by a Sunday match-up at San Diego.