Harbison Sisters Help Lead Waves Past Cal Poly, 2-1

Meagan Harbison

Aug. 22, 2014

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MALIBU, Calif. - The Pepperdine women's soccer team scored two first half goals, going on top just over three minutes into the game, as they held on late for a 2-1 win over Cal Poly in the team's season opener on Friday.

Playing at home on the brand new turf in Tari Frahm Rokus Field, freshman Hailey Harbison (San Diego, Calif./Westview HS) connected on a header thrown in from the sideline by her sister, sophomore Meagan Harbison (Rancho Penasquitos, Calif./Westview HS), at the 3:35 mark to put the Waves up early. It was the elder Harbison who would give the home team a 2-0 cushion when she scored just before the half.

"It's always great to come out and get a win right off the bat, especially against a good opponent like that," said head coach Tim Ward, who enters his 17th season at the helm for the Waves. "Cal Poly is a perennial contender in the Big West and I think they're going to give some people some problems this year. The girls played well though and went out and got us the result we wanted."

Hailey's header was the first shot taken by either team as the Waves went up early. Meagan's throw bounced through the crowd in front of the goal and found her sister waiting at the back post as she was able to tuck it just inside the bar for her first collegiate score.

Less than three minutes later, Cal Poly's Sara Epps looked poised to even the match when she slid a ball towards what looked to be an open goal. Ally Holtz (Honolulu, Hawaii/Punahou School), however, was able to recover and clear the ball just off the goal line to keep the Mustangs scoreless.

With five minutes remaining in the first half, Meagan connected on a cross from Colby Carson (Morgan Hill, Calif./Valley Christian HS) directly in front of the goal and deep inside the box to make it a 2-0 game.

"It's very cool to see the two sisters come out and start the season like that," said Ward. "That will be a great story for them to tell someday. They have really been working hard for us all offseason and they deserved it. They both put themselves in good positions to score and came away with the goals."

Cal Poly was held scoreless through the first 84 minutes of the game until Allie Begin made the final five minutes exponentially more intense with a score for the Mustangs. Breanna Rittmann sent a cross in from the left side and Begin was able to head it in for Cal Poly's first goal of the year.

The two teams battled for possession throughout the midfield until the final horn, but neither was able to threaten as the Waves held on to open the season 1-0. Cal Poly starts the year 0-1. Pepperdine has not lost in its last six season openers under Ward.

The Waves posted 14 shots in the game, putting nine of them on target. In addition to her assist, Carson peppered five of five shots on goal in the game to lead all players in that category. Lynn Williams (Fresno, Calif./Bullard HS) also took five shots in the contest, putting two of them on target.

The Waves' Hannah Seabert (Riverside, Calif./Woodcrest Christian HS) made four saves in the game and Cal Poly's Alyssa Giannetti made seven.

Next up for Pepperdine will be Maryland at home on Sunday at 1 p.m.



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