Waves Fight Cal State Fullerton to 1-1 Draw
Kristen Rodriguez provides late equalizer for Pepperdine in non-conference finale.
Sept. 27, 2013
MALIBU, Calif. – Pepperdine put together another prolific offensive display, but needed a late equalizer to secure a hard-fought 1-1 draw against Cal State Fullerton Friday afternoon at Tari Frahm Rokus Field. The Waves (5-3-2) surpassed 30 shots for the second straight match, but the Titans (4-3-3) found a way to repel Pepperdine’s attacks.
Freshman Kristen Rodriguez (Inglewood, Calif./Notre Dame Academy) equalized in the 86th minute for Pepperdine, forcing overtime. It was the third strike of the year for Rodriguez. It was a pretty goal to the upper v from 12 yards to the near post off a feed from All-America candidate Lynn Williams (Fresno, Calif./Bullard HS).
Christina Burkenroad made it 1-0 Titans in the 40th minute off an assist from Erica Mazeau.
“We’re really proud of the team being down late in the game that maybe we shouldn’t, but we found a way to come back and get a goal late,” Pepperdine head coach Tim Ward said. “That shows a lot of character, rather than rolling over and feeling sorry for ourselves. That is a good Fullerton side and I think they will do well in the Big West this year. I am hopeful we can go forward from here and learn from this. We’re a pretty good team, but we still have a long way to go. I’m excited about the room we have to grow offensively and defensively. There’s some really good soccer being played.”
Pepperdine held a whopping 34-9 shot advantage, including a 17-6 edge in shots on frame. At least five shots by the Waves glanced off either the posts or cross bar. Williams led the way with a match-high 10 shots, six on goal, while Michelle Pao (Cupertino, Calif./Monta Vista HS) added a season-high seven, two on frame. Rodriguez chipped in four, all of them on target. The Waves threatened from the opening kickoff and had two dangerous scoring chances turned away by the narrowest of margins in the first five minutes of the contest.
Once in overtime, Pepperdine continued to attack and fired nine shots and created some great opportunities, but the Titans responded to thwart each threat. The Waves lined up for a season-high 13 corners, while CSU Fullerton attempted four.
Hannah Seabert (Riverside, Calif./Woodcrest Christian HS) collected five saves for the Waves in securing her second deadlock of the season. Lindsey Maricic turned in a remarkable day between the pipes for the Titans, corralling 16 saves, including 10 before halftime. The 16 saves were the second most in program single-match history for CSU Fullerton.
Pepperdine concluded the non-conference portion of the schedule against the Titans and now will take a two-week break prior to opening West Coast Conference play Friday, October 11 against Gonzaga. Match time against the Bulldogs is set for 3:00 p.m. in the WCC Match of the week broadcast live on TheW.tv.
NOTES: During the last three seasons, Pepperdine owns a 21-6-6 (.727) non-conference regular season record … Pepperdine fired 33 shots last Sunday against Fresno State … It marks the second straight match Williams has single-handedly outshot the opponent, with a career-high and program record 15 shots against the Bulldogs … With the tie against CSU Fullerton, Pepperdine remains unbeaten against the Big West (5-0-2) since the start of the 2011 season … The 34 shots faced by Fullerton were the most in school history (38 by Pepperdine on 10/30/93) … Titan goalkeeper Heidi Clauss also set the school record with 21 saves against Pepperdine on the same date in 1993 …. The last loss for the Waves against the Big West came in a 2-1 loss at Cal State Northridge (9/3/10).