Women's Soccer Advances to NCAA Second Round With 1-0 Win
Pepperdine will play its second round game at UCLA against Virginia.
MALIBU, Calif. -- Senior Bri Visalli scored with a spectacular strike in the 87th minute to break a scoreless tie and advance the No. 11 Pepperdine women's soccer team past Cal State Fullerton, 1-0, in an NCAA Tournament first round game on Saturday afternoon in Malibu.
Visalli, the West Coast Conference Player of the Year, hit a ball from outside the box that cleared the Titan keeper and dipped into the upper right corner of the goal for the game-winning strike with just under four minutes to play. The Waves will play No. 12 Virginia on Friday at UCLA. That game time is still to be determined.
The win moves Pepperdine to 15-2-3 on the year and ends Cal State Fullerton's season at 12-6-4. It is the seventh time in program history that the Waves have advanced out of the first round of the NCAA Tournament and the third time in the last four years that the team has done so.
87' -- Pepperdine, Bri Visalli (14th of the season) assisted by Meagan Harbison -- Harbison sent the ball back out of the box to Visalli, who sent a shot over the goalkeeper and into the upper right corner of the net.
Shots -- Pepperdine 15, Cal State Fullerton 2
Shots on Goal -- Pepperdine 3, Cal State Fullerton 0
Saves -- Brielle Preece (PEPP) 0, Morgan Bertsch (CSUF) 2
Corners -- Pepperdine 3, Cal State Fullerton 3
Fouls -- Pepperdine 10, Cal State Fullerton 9
Visalli's goal was her sixth game-winner this year, giving her the program record for single-season game-winning goals. She is one behind Lynn Williams for the career record of 15 game-winning goals.
The shutout extends Pepperdine's program record to 14 this year.
The Waves are unbeaten in their last 14 games.
This was the seventh time the Waves have advanced past the first round of the NCAA Tournament, third time in the last four years.
Pepperdine last played an NCAA Tournament game at UCLA in 2014, beating Illinois State in the second round and then falling to UCLA in the Sweet 16.
Saturday's win is technically the first home NCAA Tournament win in program history. The Waves have advanced twice on penalty kicks prior to Saturday's win.
Pepperdine heads to UCLA to face No. 12 Virginia. The teams will play at UCLA on Friday, with the game time to be determined.