Pepperdine overtakes Santa Clara on final day

[WCC] The race for the WCC title came down to the final day as Pepperdine beat San Francisco, 4-0, and overtook Santa Clara, a 3-0 loser at San Diego. Pepperdine and USD finished tied for first place with 7-1-0 records but the Waves won the tiebreaker by virtue of a head-to-head victory over the Toreros to win the WCC’s automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament.
 
“What I love about it is we set these goals at the beginning of the year and it is almost like we achieved them all," Pepperdine coach Tim Ward said. "Now it is just the NCAA goals and we have lofty goals. But championships in our conference are just not easy to come by. Statistically speaking, Santa Clara and Portland have won most of them and we were the only ones to crack it in 2002. This year has just been magical."
 
Seniors Laura Cole and Karissa Garcia made their Senior Day count as they put away goals in the victory over USF. Sophomore Michelle Pao and freshman Amanda LeCave also scored.
 
With the victory, the Waves are 15-1-4 and finished unbeaten at Tari Frahm Rokus Field for the second straight year.

In San Diego, Stephanie Ochs had assists on all three goals by Mariah Butera, Meghan O'Rourke and Dani Russell as USD romped before 1,789 fans.

Santa Clara would have won the WCC title with a win over USC. Portland, which had won the four previous WCC titles, is 3-4-0 in conference play heading into Saturday's finale against Gonzaga.

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