Women's Soccer Ties Gonzaga, 1-1
Pepperdine is home each of the next two weekends against LMU and BYU.
SPOKANE, Wash. - Lynn Williams scored her team-high 11th goal of the season, but the #11 Pepperdine women's soccer team had to settle for a 1-1 draw at Gonzaga on Sunday afternoon in West Coast Conference action.
With two weekends (and just two home games) left in the regular season, the Waves are now 13-2-3 overall and 4-1-2 in the WCC. Gonzaga is 8-7-1, 3-2-1.
"It was a tough game today," Pepperdine Coach Tim Ward said. "As much as I hate to admit it, a tie was a fair result. Gonzaga's got a good side. They had some chances early and were very dangerous on set pieces. Then we settled down and started to create some nice chances."
The Waves scored their goal in the 54th minute. Senior forward Ally Holtz (Honolulu, Hawaii/Punahou School) was in the middle of the field and chipped the ball forward. Williams (Fresno, Calif./Bullard HS) outran two defenders to the ball at the top of the box, then shot it past Gonzaga's goalkeeper.
Williams, a senior forward, matched her career best of 11 goals in a season, which she also posted last year. She ranks #2 all-time at Pepperdine in goals and now has 36 in her career. For Holtz, it was her team-best seventh assist of the season, six of which have come in WCC play.
But Gonzaga evened the match up not much later. In the 60th minute, Heather Johnson looped in a cross from the left side to the far post. Pepperdine sophomore goalkeeper Hannah Seabert (Riverside, Calif./Woodcrest Christian HS) leapt for the ball but couldn't quite get to it, while the Bulldogs' Kasey Rubosky was right behind her and headed it home.
"When we scored the goal I felt like that was the point where we were going to go on and win, but to Gonzaga's credit they battled back, they kept pumping the ball into the box, and their goal was well-finished," Ward said. "Both teams had their chances."
Seabert was kept busy, as she made 10 saves on the day. Gonzaga owned an 18-15 edge in shots, including 11-7 in shots on goal.
Both teams had opportunities to win the game late in regulation or in overtime, but Seabert and Gonzaga goalkeeper Christie Tombari both made some excellent stops. Tombari dove and barely got her fingers on a Williams blast in the 108th minute, and Ward called it the "save of the year."
The Waves play their final two games of the regular season at home. The first one is next Sunday (Nov. 2) with a Wells Fargo PCH Cup matchup against rival Loyola Marymount at 1 p.m. Fans can watch the game online via WaveCasts at PepperdineSports.com.