Waves' win significant for how they did it

[PEPPERDINE-NORTH CAROLINA: Women] Pepperdine got a well-taken goal from Lynn Williams to break a scoreless deadlock in the 71st minute and defeat No. 9 North Carolina, 1-0. The Waves moved to 4-0-0 ahead of their trip to Hawaii to face Washington State and No. 1 UCLA.

“This is a significant win in the history of our program,” said Pepperdine head coach Tim Ward. “It’s big not just in terms of who we beat, but how we did it. We had a lot of the ball and created some really good opportunities. I thought we were going to get one in the first half, but at halftime you could sense there was a calm about the team and they were ready to go out and win it.”

Williams won the game when she fired a rocket past Tar Heel goalie Bryane Heaberlin and the upper right corner of the goal. Jamie Van Horn had sent a free kick into the box from the Waves’ side of the field and the Carolina defense was unable to clear it.

“I went up for a header and when I came down it was right there,” said Williams, who now has 27 career goals, good for fourth in program history. “We had been working on shooting all week, so I just focused on hitting it low and hard and it went in.”

That goal held up as Pepperdine outshot the Tar Heels 10-9 on the day. 

For the second successive game, UNC had trouble putting shots on frame. The Heels did not have a shot on goal in their 0-0 tie at No. 1 UCLA and had only one against the Waves, who finished with a 10-9 edge in shots.
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