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Pepperdine Waves


Oct. 3, 2015
29-1 shot advantage in 1-0 Pepperdine win to open WCC

Pepperdine dominated every phase of its West Coast Conference opener Friday with visiting Pacific but hit the net only from the penalty spot in a 1-0 triumph.

Kristen Rodriguez converted following a hand ball in the 35th minute, and the Waves (6-3-2 overall), who won for just the second time in their last six games, failed to add to the margin despite a 29-1 shot advantage and 10 corner kicks to none for the Tigers (1-7-1).

Pepperdine did not permit UOP a shot on frame.

“I thought the soccer we played today was excellent. Pacific just did a good job, and we couldn't break them down in the run of play,” Waves coach Tim Ward said on his school's athletics website. “It was good to go out and start the conference season with a 'W,' and now we hope we can play like this again on Sunday [at home against St. Mary's], just, hopefully, a few more goals hit the back of the net.”

Rodriguez nearly scored again one minute after her goal, but her shot just cleared the crossbar, and Tigers goalkeeper Lena Perry made seven saves, including two close-range stops on Taylor Alvarado in the 54th minute.

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