No. 12 Waves Get 2-0 Home Win Over Boise State
Pepperdine's only loss so far this year has come at the hands of No. 1-ranked UCLA.
MALIBU, Calif. - The No. 12 Pepperdine women's soccer team posted its sixth shutout of the season on Friday, downing Boise State 2-0 at home.
The Waves scored once in each half and allowed just five shots all game to pick up the win and move to 7-1-1 on the year. The Broncos fall to 3-3-2 on the season.
"Early on we had some really clean looks at goal and weren't able to put them away," said head coach Tim Ward. "I was worried that against a good team like Boise State that we needed to capitalize on those, but thankfully Ally Holtz was able to come through for us with what turned out to be the game-winning goal."
Holtz (Honolulu, Hawaii/Punahou School) sent home her first score of the season midway through the first half, to give Pepperdine a 1-0 lead. In the 21st minute the senior forward got a pass inside the box from Colby Carson (Morgan Hill, Calif./Valley Christian HS), took one big dribble and punched it home from the left side.
The Waves peppered Boise State with 11 shots in the first period, putting six of them on target. Both Rylee Baisden (Yorba Linda, Calif./Esperanza HS) and Taylor Alvarado (Santa Paula, Calif./Santa Paula HS) had chances to score prior to the Holtz goal, firing off shots that looked to be headed for the back of the net, but Bronco keeper Janelle Flores made the saves. Flores would finish the game with eight saves.
Lynn Williams (Fresno, Calif./Bullard HS) sent home the insurance goal in the second half, taking a pass from teammate Bri Visalli (San Jose, Calif./Valley Christian HS) across the box and finishing it with her left foot into the lower right corner of the goal. It was Williams' team-leading sixth goal of the year and the first assist for Visalli. With the score Williams moves to second on the Pepperdine all-time list with 31 career goals.
Seabert made the only save she had to in the game, picking up her fifth shutout of the season, sixth combined. The Pepperdine keeper made several nice plays on cross attempts in the game, including a diving stop of a through ball by the Broncos in the 44th minute.
"This game was also good because it gave us some things to work on," said Ward. "They had some good possession out of the back and they broke us down defensively a few times, so those are some things we can grow from. Overall a great effort across the field, though."
The Waves outshot Boise State 22-5 in the contest and put a total of 10 balls on target. Pepperdine also didn't allow a corner kick for the Broncos in the match. With Holtz first score of the year the Waves now have nine players who have tallied goals this season.
Pepperdine could have tacked on two more in the second half, but failed to convert on a breakaway attempt and then had what looked to be Williams' second goal of the game called back due to offsides.
The Waves will hit the road once again this weekend as they have a big Top 15 matchup scheduled with No. 15 USC on Sunday. Game time will be 3:30 p.m. at McAlister field on the USC campus, with the contest televised live on the Pac 12 Network.