#11 Women's Soccer Wins at Portland, 1-0
Pepperdine's next game, at Gonzaga on Sunday, will be on TheW.tv.
PORTLAND, Ore. - A brilliant second-half combination from Ally Holtz and Kristen Rodriguez lifted the #11 Pepperdine women's soccer team to a very rare victory at Portland on Friday night, as the Waves earned a 1-0 win in West Coast Conference play at Merlo Field.
Pepperdine, which improved to 13-2-2 overall and 4-1-1 in league play, won in Portland for only the second time in 11 tries. The Waves' last road victory against the Pilots (5-8-2, 2-2-0) came in 2002.
The Waves dominated the stats, outshooting the Pilots 25-9 (17-4 in the second half), as well as having advantages of 16-4 in shots on goal and 7-3 in corner kicks.
"Our performance from start to finish was great," Pepperdine Coach Tim Ward said. "Credit Portland, they're very good and this is a tough place to go and win. We're very excited about the result and I'm proud of the way the team responded from last week. There was great concentration, great effort, everyone was all in and very focused."
Only Rodriguez (Inglewood, Calif./Notre Dame Academy) was able to get one past Portland goalkeeper Hanna De Haan, but that would be enough. In the 53rd minute, Holtz (Honolulu, Hawaii/Punahou School) sent the ball into the box from the left side. The ball went right to Rodriguez, and though the sophomore forward was facing away from the goal, she was able to adjust her feet so that the ball ricocheted off her heel perfectly and into the back of the net from about eight yards out.
It was Rodriguez' second goal of the season, while Holtz, a senior forward, picked up her team-best sixth assist of the year.
"Ally did a beautiful job putting the ball in the box, low and hard," Ward said. "Kristen did what goal scorers do and redirected the ball to the far post. It was a goal-scorer's goal, just an instinctual finish."
Senior forward Lynn Williams (Fresno, Calif./Bullard HS) terrorized the Pilots' defense all game long and was unlucky not to get on the scoreboard herself. She finished with 11 shots - second-most in a game in school history - and put nine of them on target.
Sophomore goalkeeper Hannah Seabert (Riverside, Calif./Woodcrest Christian HS) and a stout Pepperdine defense produced the team's 10th shutout of the year, which is one shy of the school record. Seabert made three saves.
Portland's De Haan ended with 15 saves.
The Waves finish their Pacific Northwest road swing at Gonzaga on Sunday (Oct. 26) at 1 p.m. Fans can watch the game on TheW.tv.