[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.
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.