Waves Fall to Wildcats in OT, 3-2

MALIBU, Calif. – Pepperdine women’s soccer dropped a 3-2 overtime decision to Northwestern Sunday afternoon at Tari Frahm Rokus Field. Alicia Herczeg scored the game-winner in the 94th minute after redirecting a Laura Janowitsch cross at the near post.

Herczeg’s goal was her first of the season and completed Northwestern’s comeback from an early 2-0 deficit.

The Waves (1-3-1) could do no wrong in the first half as they jumped out to their biggest lead of the season. Senior Emily Wynne (El Cajon, Calif./University HS) connected with freshman Laura Cole (Whittier, Calif./La Habra HS) in the 12th minute and her rebound shot found its way back to Amanda Rupp (Encinitas, Calif./La Costa Canyon HS) in the 37th.


Rupp has scored her team-leading three goals in consecutive matches, starting with the Aug. 31 game vs. UC Santa Barbara. She’s been very accurate with her shot selection as well, placing eight of her 14 shots on goal.


Wynne’s multi-assist game was her first since providing three against Gonzaga in November of 2006.


Rupp, Cole and Wynne went on to represent the Waves on the Pepperdine Nike Challenge All-Tournament team, which is comprised of three players – chosen by the coaches – from each of the four participating teams.


Pepperdine continued to develop scoring chances in the second half, but only the Wildcats (3-2) were able to convert their opportunities.


Northwestern cut the Waves’ lead in half in the 56th minute on a free kick. Sam Greene’s hit bounced inside the goal mouth where it was first tapped by Jenny Dunn before Emily Langston booted it home past Pepperdine goalkeeper Kayla Stolte (Santee, Calif./West Hills HS).


The Wildcats’ second goal was initiated by Greene’s deep throw-in that landed at Dunn’s feet. Firing from a tough angle outside the 18-yard line, Dunn punched a diagonal that rolled under Stolte’s diving arms in the 66th minute.


“They were three dreadful goals and our goalkeepers are going to be disappointed when they watch the tape and see how they went in,” Pepperdine head coach Tim Ward said. “I knew Northwestern would bring energy and we that we had to match or surpass it – and we didn’t.”


Stolte was replaced by freshman Lacey Heck (Long Beach, Calif./Wilson HS) after suffering an injury leading up to Northwestern’s first goal. Stolte remained in the match for another 15 minutes before Heck came in to play the final 24 in her collegiate debut.


NU’s Carolyn Edwards finished the match with six saves, all of which came in the first half. She was named to the all-tournament team along with Greene and Herczeg.


Pepperdine’s seven-match homestand comes to an end next weekend with matches Friday and Sunday against #20 Tennessee and Washington State. The Waves have to win both contests in order to get their record over .500 at 3-3-1.


“Once again this team has to pick itself up and dust itself off,” Ward said. “There are only so many lessons to be learned. We have to do better.”


Pepperdine kicks off against Tennessee Friday at 3 p.m. and welcome the Cougars Sunday at 1 p.m.


San Diego won the Pepperdine Nike Challenge with a 2-0 record. The Toreros beat Northwestern 3-2 on Friday and blanked Iowa 1-0 Sunday morning. Stephanie Ochs delivered an unassisted game-winner for USD in the 34th minute.


Northwestern and Pepperdine both finished the weekend with a 1-1 mark and Iowa went winless at 0-2.


Pepperdine Nike Challenge All-Tournament Team

Iowa: Kelsey Shaw, Stephanie Hyink and Jenna Aleo 

Northwestern: Carolyn Edwards, Alicia Herczeg and Sam Greene

Pepperdine: Laura Cole, Amanda Rupp and Emily Wynne

San Diego: Jackie Garcia, Elissa Magracia and Jen Mello



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