HANOVER, N.H.- Pepperdine's leading scorer, Amanda LeCave, scored in the 103rd minute to give the No. 20 Waves a 1-0 double overtime win over the upset-minded Dartmouth women's soccer team at Burnham Field on Monday (Oct. 1).
Just 2:41 into the second overtime, LeCave connected on a through ball in the box from teammate Anisa Guajardo. Taking space, LeCave nailed the shot just past the outstretched arms of Big Green goalkeeper, Tatiana Saunders (Rye, N.Y) ending nearly 103 minutes of scoreless soccer and giving Pepperdine (9-3-0) the victory.
Dartmouth (6-4-0) had lots of chances against the nationally ranked Waves and even forced a team save at the end of the first overtime session. Emma Brush (Grosse Pointe Park, Mich.) connected on a header, which pulled Pepperdine goalkeeper Roxanne Barker out of position, forcing the Waves defenders to clear the ball out of danger.
Another dangerous scoring chance came from freshman Corey Delaney (Chatham, N.J.) midway through the second half. Classmate Jackie Friedman (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.) started the sequence out of the backfield with a ball to Lucielle Kozlov (Vancouver, British Columbia) in the midfield. Kozlov then slide the ball to a sprinting Delaney who took a shot at the far post , which Barker again had to tip out of danger.
At the end of regulation, Dartmouth has a succession of shots that looked as if might end the deadlock and give the Big Green the win. Aurelia Solomon (Washington, D.C.) and Delaney each had shots from in close that could have been the game-winner.
Brush led the Dartmouth offense with six shots while Delaney and Marina Moschitto (Andover, Mass.) each tallied multiple shots. In an evenly matched contest, Dartmouth seemed to have an edge in the second half. The Big Green held a 10-7 shots advantage and had six corners in the second frame.
The Big Green defense did a good job of holding of keeping their composure in the backfield, making the Pepperdine forwards work for each shot. Dartmouth limited LeCave to just two shots on the afternoon while Saunders made five saves in 102:41 of action.
Pepperdine held an 11-6 edge in shots in the first half, but the Big Green certainly had scoring opportunities. Moschitto had a prime opportunity in the box in the first three minutes of action.
The junior collected a cross from Friedman and found herself alone in the middle of the box; she took a half volley that Barker saved keeping the scoresheet clean in the opening moments.
Pepperdine, fresh off a win over Boston College on Saturday, showcased its penchant on the offensive side of the ball. Lynn Williams led the way with five first half shots and had a game-high nine shots on the afternoon. The highlight was a nifty play, which saw several Pepperdine players leave the ball for teammates. Williams took the shot but Saunders was there for the save.
The Big Green will stay at home, welcoming Ivy League foe Yale to Burnham Field on Saturday (Oct. 6). Kickoff is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.
Pepperdine (9-3-0) vs. Dartmouth (6-4-0)
Date: Oct 01, 2012 Attendance: 75 Weather: cloudy, drizzle, 60s
Goals by period 1 2 OT O2 Tot
Pepperdine.......... 0 0 0 1 - 1
Dartmouth........... 0 0 0 0 - 0
1. 102:41 PEP LeCAVE, Amanda (GUAJARDO, Anisa) - in box to goal
Shots: Pepperdine 24, Dartmouth 18
Saves: Pepperdine 6 (BARKER, Roxanne 5; Team 1), Dartmouth 5 (Saunders, Tatiana 5)