Waves Blank Maryland to Start Season 2-0
The Waves have two more home games coming up as they host Florida Atlantic and North Carolina next week.
MALIBU, Calif. - The Pepperdine women's soccer team made a first half goal stand up on Sunday as they downed Maryland, 1-0, to start the season 2-0.
Taylor Alvarado entered the game as a substitute in the 25th minute and just before the end of the half scored the lone goal of the contest on a breakaway.
"Early on I thought we gave the ball away a little easily, but we recovered and scored a great goal," said head coach Tim Ward. "Down the stretch we just had to organize and defend well. They threw everything they had at us, but we were able to hold on."
Maryland wasn't able to put a shot on target until the second half when the Waves' keeper, Hannah Seabert (Riverside, Calif./Woodcrest Christian HS), was finally tested. The sophomore made four second half saves, diving to her right on one ball and then corralling the rebound in the 77th minute. Maryland also had a chance on a shot by Shannon Collins in the 73rd minute, but Seabert was able to punch the ball over the crossbar.
Alvarado's goal in the 41st minute came after the Terrapins gave the ball away in Pepperdine's defensive third and the Waves pushed it ahead. Meghan Schoen (Sherwood, Ore./Sherwood HS) passed the ball ahead towards midfield and Amanda LeCave (Windsor, Calif./Windsor HS) flicked it behind the defense to set up the break for Alvarado (Santa Paula, Calif./Santa Paula HS). The sophomore forward pushed it ahead with two big dribbles and then tucked a shot inside the far post from the right side of the box for her first career goal.
"I was really pleased for Taylor, who played so well last year, and Amanda, who is coming off injury, to be able to connect on that goal," said Ward. "That's hard work coming to fruition for those two. It was a wonderful strike and really worthy of a game-winner."
That was all the offense the Waves needed to come away with the win as they outshot Maryland in the game 15-11.
Lynn Williams (Fresno, Calif./Bullard HS) led all players with five shots in the contest, narrowly missing her first goal of the season on a pair of strikes that she sent just over the crossbar. Colby Carson (Morgan Hill, Calif./Valley Christian HS) also came in as a sub and created chances for the Waves, taking three shots.
The clean sheet for Seabert was her first of the year and the sixth career shutout for the sophomore.
While the Waves remain unbeaten early in the year, Maryland drops to 0-2 with the loss. Pepperdine will be back in action next Friday when they host Florida Atlantic for a 3 p.m. game. Perennial powerhouse North Carolina then comes to town over the weekend for a 1 p.m. contest on Sunday.