Waves Down Xavier, 2-0, On The Road
Pepperdine has one more road game before returning to Malibu on Sept. 19.
CINCINNATI, Ohio - The No. 13 Pepperdine women's soccer team put up a dominating performance on Thursday night, with a 2-0 road win over Xavier.
Pepperdine scored two second half goals and outshot the Musketeers 18-3 in the contest.
"This was a great response by our team after a couple of tough games in Hawaii," said head coach Tim Ward, whose team drew with Washington State and fell for the first time this year to No. 1 UCLA last week. "We played a very organized Xavier team and showed great patience and maturity against them after not breaking through with a goal in the first half."
After keeping the pressure on despite a scoreless first half, Pepperdine would break through early in the second, getting Lynn Williams' (Fresno, Calif./Bullard HS) third goal of the season in the 49th minute. Hailey Harbison (Rancho Penasquitos, Calif./Westview HS) played the ball in to Williams from 22 yards out and the senior forward finished just three yards off the end line. It was Harbison's second assist of the year.
Taylor Alvarado (Santa Paula, Calif./Santa Paula HS) tacked on a second goal for Pepperdine in the 72nd minute, when she finished a pass inside the box from Meghan Schoen (Sherwood, Ore./Sherwood HS) to put the Waves ahead 2-0. It was the second goal and assist this season for both players.
That was all the offense the visitors needed as they finished off their fourth shutout victory of the season.
The Waves peppered the Xavier goalkeeper with shots all through the first period, but couldn't find the back of the net as the teams went into the break at 0-0. Pepperdine fired off 13 shots in the opening 45 minutes, putting seven on target.
The Musketeers got a shot off in the fourth minute that the Waves' Hannah Seabert (Riverside, Calif./Woodcrest Christian HS) was able to make a save on. From there the Pepperdine defense held the home team without another strike for the remaining 36 minutes.
The Waves had five players take multiple shots in the first half, with Ally Holtz (Honolulu, Hawaii/Punahou School) and Rylee Baisden (Yorba Linda, Calif./Esperanza HS) putting multiple balls on target.
"Every single player, whether on the bench or in the game, had the right energy, mindset and belief today," said Ward. "We played some of our best football yet and our hope is to build on this for Sunday's tough match."
For the game Pepperdine had 10 shots on goal and drew 11 corners, while Xavier had just two shots on target and did not draw a single corner.
Williams' seven shots led all players. Seabert made the only two saves she needed to as she recorded her fourth shutout win.
The Waves are now 5-1-1 with the victory and Xavier falls to 3-4-1. Pepperdine stays on the road for a matchup with Kentucky on Sunday at 9 a.m. (PT).