WOMEN'S SOCCER FIGHTS PEPPERDINE TO 1-1 TIE
MALIBU, Calif. - The Sacramento State women's soccer team tied the Pepperdine Waves, 1-1, on Friday, Oct. 5 at Tari Frahm Rokus Field.
With the tie, the Hornets move to 6-2-2 on the season, while the Waves' record moves to 2-4-4.
Pepperdine dominated the first half of play, being credited with nine shots to the Hornets two in the half, but did not light up the scoreboard until the 42nd minute. Hornet sophomore goalkeeper Mandy Trojan made a diving save away from the goal on a shot by Sage Coralli, but the ball just slipped out of her grasp and onto the awaiting foot of Amanda Rupp, who found the back of the net to give the Waves a 1-0 advantage at the half.
The second half proved much the same with Pepperdine controlling the ball on their half of the pitch, but the Hornets were able to make their one solid chance count. With just 1:45 remaining in regulation, the Hornets earned a free kick from near midfield following a Pepperdine foul. Senior Katie McCoy took the kick, and fellow senior Amanda Gray was able to flick a header forward near the goal that junior Sarah Howard was able to blast home for the goal to tie the score at 1-1.
Both teams had near-misses in the overtime sessions, and Trojan was able to stop a one-on-one opportunity against Rupp in the 106th minute to preserve the tie.
The goal for Howard was her first of the season and the seventh of her career in the Green and Gold. McCoy's assist was her seventh of the season, giving her a career high 21 points on the season. Trojan stopped a season-high nine shots in goal, with the Hornet defense turning away all 11 corner kick chances from the Waves.
For Pepperdine, Rupp's goal was her third of the season, while posting a game-high four shots on goal. For the match, the Hornets were outshot by the Waves 23-7.
Sacramento State will wrap up its non-conference schedule with another West Coast Conference opponent, as they travel to Loyola Marymount on Sunday, Oct. 7 at 1 p.m.