No. 3 Waves Fall to No. 10 Santa Clara
A Santa Clara goal with seven seconds left in the first half proved to be the difference as the Waves fell 1-0.
Oct. 28, 2011
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - No. 3-ranked Waves women's soccer suffered their first loss on Friday night at No. 10 Santa Clara, 1-0. Both squads were undefeated in West Coast Conference play coming into the evening. The difference in the game was a Santa Clara goal with less than 10 seconds remaining in the first half.
The Waves were led by seniors Myriah Stockman (Sandy, Utah/Brighton HS) and Laura Cole (Whittier, Calif./La Habra HS) as they each netted three shots in the game. Junior goalkeeper Roxanne Barker (Irvine, Calif./Woodbridge HS) made four saves.
According to head coach Tim Ward, the Waves came out in the first half a bit flat and did not look like their typical selves. However the Waves were weathering the storm on the Broncos' home field as they came out firing. Barker made two big saves in the half and in the 23rd minute Cole had a shot that forced Bronco goalkeeper Bianca Henninger to make a save.
With 30 seconds left in the first half the Waves were whistled for a foul and the Broncos were awarded a free kick that the Waves did not handle properly. At the 44:52 mark in the first half the Broncos' Bridgett Miller put away a deflection to put the Broncos up 1-0 going into halftime.
In the second half the Waves settled in to their game, playing much better than they did in the first half and had some excellent scoring chances to tie things up. Just four minutes into the half the squad earned a corner kick and then in the 52nd minute of play Stockman took an excellent shot, but Henninger was able to make the save.
The Waves continued to push for the equalizer, as they outshot the Broncos 8-3 and earned four corners to Santa Clara's zero in the second half. The squad was unable to find the back of the net and the 1-0 score stood through the final whistle.
Overall on the game, Ward said, "They are a good team and to their credit they came out firing and we came out flat. As poorly as we were playing in the first half I thought we were going to come out with a 0-0 score at half, but unfortunately it didn't happen. In the second half we played much better and had some excellent scoring opportunities. It is one game at a time and we will get back out there against Portland on Sunday."
With the loss the Waves' all-time program record of 18-straight undefeated games starting at the end of last season comes to an end. With only two games left in the regular season this is the deepest all-time that any women's soccer team in school history has gone without a loss. The Waves now sit at 13-1-4 overall and 5-1-0 in WCC play.
The Waves will return to Malibu on Sunday to host Portland at 1 p.m. at Tari Frahm Rokus Field.
Oct. 28, 2011 - Buck Shaw Stadium Santa Clara 1, Pepperdine 0 PEP 0 - 0 = 0 SCU 1 - 0 = 1
SCORING: 44:53 - SCU Bridgett Miller (unassisted)
SAVES: Roxanne Barker (PEP) 4, Bianca Henninger (SCU) 3
SHOTS: SCU 17, PEP 11
CORNER KICKS: PEP 4, SCU 2
FOULS: PEP 4, SCU 2