Sept. 18, 2015
BRUINS TOP WAVES ON PK
UCLA's women shut down No. 19 Pepperdine
Annie Alvarado's last-minute penalty kick Thursday night lifted UCLA's women past No. 19 Pepperdine, 1-0, at Drake Stadium in Westwood, rewarding the Bruins for a masterful defensive performance.
Alvarado struck with 54 seconds to go in regulation, after Kristiana Konkol-Mroczkowski was fouled in the Waves' box.
The Bruins (4-4-0) had failed on an earlier penalty kick, with Pepperdine goalkeeper Hannah Seabert stopping Lauren Kaskie in the 68th minute after MacKenzie Cerda was fouled.
Kodi Lavrusky nearly tallied for the Bruins in the 72nd minute, but her shot hit the left post, and Konkol-Mroczkowski put the rebound just over the crossbar.
“It was a good game as far as energy level, which was good, and possession, which was good to a point,” Bruins coach Amanda Cromwell said on her school's athletics website. “We still need to work on our final pass and our decision-making in our attacking third. But I'm very happy with getting the win and getting the shutout.”
Pepperdine (5-3-1) was limited to just three shots by a Bruins defense anchored by center backs Madison Tye and Courtney Proctor and put none of them on frame. UCLA had 13 shots, four of them saved by Seabert.
“I was really proud of our team's performance,” Pepperdine coach Tim Ward said on his school's athletics website. “We had a few really good chances to have a go, but we didn't take them. Then, to their credit, they came back and had some chances of their own.
“It was really a game of momentum shifts in the second half. The penalty call just killed us in the end.”
UCLA returns to action next Friday at home in its Pacific 12 Conference opener against Oregon. Pepperdine plays again Sept. 27 at home against Cal Poly.