Sept. 6, 1997
USC Beats Pepperdine, 2-0
MALIBU, Calif. - The Pepperdine women's soccer team lost a hard fought battle this afternoon to USC by a final score of 2-0 at Pepperdine Field in Malibu.
Head coach Kenny Dale and his Waves slip to 1-1 on the season while Jim Millinder and his Trojans improve to 2-1 on the young season.
The first half saw both teams struggle to find ant rhythm. Midway through the first half, though, USC seemed to control the run of play and missed a few good scoring oppurtunities. Sophomore midfielder Kim Clark and junior midfielder Carol Hatcher both squandered good scoring chances. The Trojans were able to rebound in the second half and took a 1-0 lead in the 60th minute when sophomore midfileder Kaylee Whitfield redirected a Christi Ayala cross past Pepperdine goalkeeper Suman Nicole.
The Wavws reesponded with their best soccer of the afternoon and nearly equalized on three seperate occasions. Sophomore foward Jennifer Peterson and freshman forward Tracey Milburn connected on a number of occasions for Pepperdine but copuld not get the ball to fall for the Waves.
The Trojans put the game on ice in then 75th minute when junior midfielder Courtney Barham stole the ball deep in the Wavws half and hammered a shot past Nicole to give USC a critical second goal.
The Trojans took 14 shots on the afternoon while Pepperdine only managed to get three shots off on USC goalkeeper Karen Puccinelli. Puccinelli made one save on the afernoon while Nicole registered six saves for the Waves.
Pepperdine is back in action this Sunday (September 7) aftrenoon when they travel to El Camino Community College to take on the UCLA Bruins in a match scheduled to begin at noon. USC will host UC Santa Barbara this Sunday (September 7) afternoon beginning at 1 p.m.