Waves Explode For 4-0 Win Over Florida Atlantic
Pepperdine has outscored opponents 7-1 so far this season heading into a matchup with No. 9 North Carolina on Sunday.
MALIBU, Calif. - The No. 17 Pepperdine women's soccer team kept its early season record unblemished as it exploded for a 4-0 win over Florida Atlantic on Friday afternoon at home.
The Waves poured in three first half goals and then tacked on another midway through the second period as they more than doubled their scoring output from the first two games. It was the second straight shutout for Pepperdine as the team moves to 3-0-0 on the year.
"Florida Atlantic is a good opponent and I thought they created some dangerous chances in the first half, but Hannah Seabert did a good job coming out to play the crosses," said head coach Tim Ward. "On the offensive side we were just dangerous today and did a good job putting pressure on them. I though we scored some really nice goals."
Meghan Schoen (Sherwood, Ore./Sherwood HS) got the Waves on the board first when FAU was unable to clear a ball in the box in the 17th minute, the sophomore popped a shot over the Owl goalkeeper and into the corner of the net for her first collegiate goal.
The second Pepperdine score came in the 35th minute when the Waves again put pressure on FAU deep as Bri Visalli (San Jose, Calif./Valley Christian HS) won a corner kick in the box. Colby Carson (Morgan Hill, Calif./Valley Christian HS) sent the kick through the box and Lynn Williams (Fresno, Calif./Bullard HS) fired a shot from the back side that Courtney Assumma (Temecula, Calif./Temecula Valley HS) was able to get a foot on and send home. Williams and Carson picked up the assists on the play and for Assumma it was her first career goal.
Williams and Carson were back at it just three minutes later when Carson sent a cross into the box that Williams was able to finish easily in front of the net. The duo rounded out the scoring in the second half when Williams pushed a break up the right side in the 64th minute and then sent a ball in to a wide open Carson for the fourth Wave goal of the day.
Williams and Carson each finished with a goal and two assists to lead Pepperdine. Williams led all players with eight shots in the game. All seven of the Waves' goals this season have been scored by different players. Williams score and two assists moves her into a tie for fifth on the career scoring (26 goals) and points (68 points) lists and she is now tied for 10th with 16 career assists. Carson's score was the first of the sophomore's career.
The Owls managed just one shot in the first period and three for the entire game. Only one was on target as Seabert (Riverside, Calif./Woodcrest Christian HS) made the only save she needed to. Sydney Drinkwater made seven saves for FAU as the Waves put 11 shots on goal. Pepperdine held a 22-3 advantage in the shot column.
The loss was the first of the season for the Owls, who fall to 1-1-1 on the year.
"This is the time of year when you start seeing what you have out there and teams start to gel," said Ward. "We played well together and should have some good momentum going into Sunday. We have a lot of vicious opponents on our schedule and we know the next one will be a battle. We just take it one game at a time."
The Waves host perennial NCAA powerhouse and ninth-ranked North Carolina on Sunday in a battle of Top 25 teams. Kickoff will be at 1 p.m.