No. 24 Waves Defend Home Turf, Beat Michigan, 3-0
Sept. 4, 2011
MALIBU, Calif. - No. 24 Pepperdine remains undefeated on the year at 5-0-1 as they take care of business at Tari Frahm Rokus Field against 2010 NCAA Tournament qualifier Michigan, 3-0. Junior forward Anisa Guajardo led all scorers with two goals, her second multi-goal game of the year, and senior forward Laura Cole added one more for insurance. Lynn Williams added two assists in the match as well.
After a draining double-overtime game on Friday against UCLA, the Waves returned to the field ready to play on Sunday. The team started off fast, earning a corner kick at the 2:30 mark, followed by a shot by Laura Cole (Whittier, Calif./La Habra HS) seven seconds later that carried high over the crossbar. In the 15th minute Myriah Stockman (Sandy, Utah/Brighton HS) nailed an excellent service off a free kick that Michigan's Haley Kopmeyer was just able to tip over the goal.
The Waves were finally able to hit the back of the net at 16:43 when Guajardo (Clovis, Calif./Buchanan HS) found the ball at her feet via Cole and Michelle Manning (Calabasas, Calif./Agoura HS) and ran through it on an attempted clearance from a Michigan defender that popped up high and over Kopmeyer's head into the net. The goal was Guajardo's first of the game and third of the season.
Goalkeeper Roxanne Barker (Irvine, Calif./Woodbridge HS) made a phenomenal save off an excellent shot from Michigan's Meghan Toohey in the 28th minute to keep the score 1-0.
The one goal advantage held into halftime, as the Waves outshot the Wolverines 7-5.
The Waves were prepared for the Wolverines to step up the pressure in the second half, which is exactly what they did, catching the Waves a bit flat-footed to begin the half. However, the defensive unit was able to shore things up and the team did a great job responding to the pressure.
In the 76th minute, Williams (Fresno, Calif./Bullard HS) carried the ball up the middle and took a hard shot, that deflected back across the box to a wide open Cole who placed it home, putting the Waves up 2-0.
Just over a minute later, the Waves struck again, this time off a service from Michelle Pao (Cupertino, Calif./Monta Vista HS) to Williams, who crossed the ball again to the left side for a charging Guajardo, who put away her second goal of the game.
The last 15 minutes of the match the Waves put together some of the best play that head coach Tim Ward felt he has seen all year. The team held strong through Michigan's physical play and was able to preserve the 3-0 victory, the third shutout of the year for the Waves.
The Waves outshot the Wolverines 16-7, including nine shots to their two in the second half.
On the victory, Ward said, "I think the score line is not indicative of the quality of the whole game. I thought we had the best chances in the first half. We had a couple of really good looks, and the goal in the first half was one those weird, fortunate ones. I think Roxy [Barker] made a brilliant save to keep it 1-0 in the first half. It was unbelievable. We always look dangerous on the counter [attack] and it was good to get that counter goal in the second half.
On the production today from Cole and Guajardo, Ward explained, "I am stoked that Laura Cole got that goal; she deserves that. And Anisa [Guajardo], she played really well, getting both those goals."
Next on tap for the Waves is a road test as the team travels to Baton Rouge, La. for the LSU Invitational, facing Illinois on Friday (Sept. 9) and LSU on Sunday (Sept. 11).