Washington State Upsets No. 12 Pepperdine
Sept. 17, 2004
PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington State soccer team (4-1-1) upset undefeated No. 12 Pepperdine (5-1-1) with a Megan Cecchini goal in the 12th minute resulting from a 20-yard free kick. The goal was the first Pepperdine has surrendered in six games.
'Ultimately any win against a ranked opponent is substantial,' WSU Head Coach Matt Potter said. 'Pepperdine is a great team that will end up in the playoffs.
'I am proud of the team and think they gave a solid performance and deserve to be proud of themselves today. But, to put things into perspective, we now need to go back and work hard at practice this week to prepare for BYU and Utah next weekend.'
WSU's Cecchini buried a left-footed free kick from the top of the Pepperdine penalty box over the hands of Wave goalkeeper Anna Picarelli for the game-winner and Cecchini's first goal of the season.
The Cougars had a penalty kick opportunity 33 minutes into the match, but Picarelli made the diving save on Christie Spear's shot and knocked it out of bounds for a corner.
The Waves Rachel Pettigrew took a right-footed rocket from the right-side of the Cougar 18-yard box 16 minutes into the first half that required WSU goalkeeper Katie Hultin to make one of two saves she made in the half. Hultin recorded four saves in her fourth shutout this season.
The Cougars led Pepperdine 10 to five in shots and four to one in corner kick opportunities going into halftime.
It looked like WSU's leading scorer, Alix Rustrum would give the Cougs the 2-0 lead at the 60:12 mark, but Picarelli made one of seven saves she recorded to block Rustrum's shot.
A minute after coming off the bench Anna Miller struck a right-footed rocket from 16-yards out, forcing the Wave keeper to push the ball over the crossbar to save a goal in the final seven minutes of the game.
The Waves picked up the offensive pressure in the second half, creating five corner kick opportunities in the period compared to the Cougars one.
At the end of play, WSU out shot the Waves 18-9 and out fouled Pepperdine 20-9.
Washington State will travel to Utah to take on the Utes Thursday, at 3:30 and Brigham Young Saturday in a 7 p.m. match.