Though Saturday's BYU-Pepperdine women's soccer game lasted the full 90 minutes, it only took one minute and 36 seconds to decide the winner as the Pepperdine Waves scored their first and only goal right out of the box and neither team was able to score in the remainder of the game, leaving the No. 8 Waves with a 1-0 victory at South Stadium.
"I was really pleased with the way we played. There's a reason Pepperdine is ranked No. 8 in the country. But we created opportunities, had great looks and great chances," BYU coach Jennifer Rockwood said after the game.
Most of those great looks came in the second half, as offensive production picked up after halftime, though neither team had a score to show for it. BYU only had two shots on goal in the first half, but added another eight in the second for a total of 10. The Cougars actually held Pepperdine to only seven shots on goal through the contest, but that one shot that actually went in was the difference.
"We weren't as crisp in the first half, but then we took a breath and settled down. Unfortunately we didn't get the tying goal," Rockwood said, noting that she believed the game could have gone on to be a BYU win if the Cougars had managed to tie it.
"Things didn't go our way, but I thought there were a lot of positives we could take out of this game," Rockwood said, noting that BYU defender Lindsi Lisonbee, though suffering an injury in the first few minutes, was able to come back in and make her presence felt for much of the rest of the game.
The Cougars came into the game after defeating Portland 2-1 in overtime on Thursday night, as Cami Jensen dished the ball to Jennie Marshall for the golden goal, breaking Portland's 28-game undefeated conference streak. That victory, while providing a much-needed confidence boost, might have cost the Cougars a little early in the Pepperdine game.
"I think that emotionally we were coming off a great win, and it took us some time to settle down. But we can take a lot from this weekend. I thought we played great soccer, and I'm looking forward to the rest of conference play," Rockwood said.
In addition to the better offensive effort in the second half of play, the Cougars just appeared more crisp all around,with Colette Jepson leading the offensive effort with three shots. Dana Oldroyd and Marshall each added two shots for the Cougars.
Lynn Williams scored the shot for the Waves on the assist from Michelle Manning.
The Cougars (7-4-2 overall, 1-1-0 WCC) now head into their next game against No. 17 Santa Clara in California on October 13 at 7 p.m. The Waves (10-0-4, 2-0-0) look to extend their winning ways into the rest of the season.
• BYU volleyball: At Malibu, Calif., a late rally wasn't enough to boost the BYU women's volleyball team ahead of No. 20 Pepperdine, which ended the match with a 25-16, 25-17, 22-25, 27-25 victory against the Cougars.
A rough crowd greeted the Cougars (14-5, 3-2) in their quest to overthrow undefeated West Coast Conference leader Pepperdine (11-5, 5-0) on the Waves' home court.
"It was a tough loss for sure," BYU head coach Shawn Olmstead said. "I felt we battled our hearts out. We had chances to take the match to five sets, which is hard to swallow. You have to be able to manufacture point a point in those circumstances. They were just a little better than us today. We fought hard and now we just have to learn from this match."
Christie Carpenter led BYU with 14 kills on .297 hitting. She also had 15 digs, tying her career high, for her second double-double of the season. Jennifer Hamson helped out on offense with 12 kills. Libero Kendalyn Hartsock had 21 digs andNicole Warner recorded six blocks.
• UVU volleyball: At Orem, Brookelyn Campbell tied a career-high with seven block assists while Chelsey Heaps drilled a match-high 12 kills as Utah Valley earned its third straight Great West Conference win with a 25-15, 25-11, 25-20 victory over NJIT at the Activity Center.
"I thought the girls did an excellent job, we executed really well, and we met a lot of the goals we had set out pre-match," said UVU head coach Sam Atoa. "It was a great match and a good win for us."
Heaps made the most of her Hometown Hero day, leading the Wolverines (13-6, 3-0) with 12 kills and a .323 attack percentage. The Wolverines close out their three-game homestand Monday night against Boise State at 7 p.m. The match will be broadcast on UVU-TV. Fans wearing pink will gain admission for only $1.
• Cross country: At Cedar City, in their final regular-season meet, the UVU men's and women's cross country teams finished second and third, respectively, at the Color Country Invitational hosted by Southern Utah University.
"Overall, it was a great day for us," UVU cross country coach Scott Houle said. "We went out competitive and raced smart. It was a good weekend for us."
At SUU, Shelise Walker finished third overall in the 4K race with the time of 14 minutes, 41.76 seconds. Ivie Gonsalves was sixth (15:03.63) and Kalina Zufelt-Clegg was11th (15:23.14). Idaho State (27) won the meet on the women's side, while SUU (50) and UVU (51) finished second and third, respectively.
For the men, UVU sophomore Cliff Nielson finished fourth overall (19:20.07), with Trevor Sharp (19:47.11), Joseph Christensen (19:47.85) and Mike Felix (19:49.84) finishing 10-12, respectively.
UVU's Joshua McCabe running unattached, finished second (18:37.73), while Krystal Harper and Angela Baker (unattached) finished seventh and eighth (14:57.29, 14:58.69), respectively. SUU won the men's side with 17 points, while UVU (52) and Idaho State (72) were second and third, respectively.