Pepperdine posted one of the biggest regular-season wins in its history when it knocked off No. 1 Stanford, 1-0, on Friday afternoon. What made the result even more surprising is that the Waves came
into the game with three straight losses.
The Cardinal came into the game as the nation’s top-scoring team at 5.2 goals per game, but it was thwarted by goalkeeper Kinsey
, who made six saves, In addition, Pepperdine defenders cleared three shots off the line, and the Cardinal put one shot off the crossbar.
Stanford had a 12-1 edge in
corner kicks, but the Waves made their one corner kick count as sophomore defender Isabel Nelson
scored on a header in the 20th minute for the game's only goal.
"Kinsey Ehmann had
to make some fantastic saves," said Pepperdine coach Tim Ward
. "We rode our luck. They hit the bar, we had to clear the line three times. I've never seen a Pepperdine team defend that well. I'm
really proud of the girls considering our last three results." Top 25: Unbeaten and untied:
No. 3 USC (7-0-0)
No. 18 BYU (5-0-0)
No. 20 Iowa (8-0-0)
No. 23 Virginia Tech (8-0-0) Arkansas-North Carolina.
Arkansas showed off its air-tight defense, defeating No. 2 North Carolina for the first time ever with a 2-0 win over the Tar Heels on Sunday before a crowd of 1,058 fans at Razorback Field.
The Razorbacks (6-1-1) entered the game without having allowed a goal in over 500 minutes of regulation play. They won on Anna Podojil
's fifth goal of the season in the 63rd minute and
’ fourth goal of the season in the 81st minute.
Also on Sunday ...
-- Emina Ekic's penalty kick late in the first overtime period gave
Louisville (7-0-0) a 1-0 win over No. 7 Vanderbilt, which suffered its first loss after seven wins.
-- No. 8 South Carolina also suffered its first defeat, falling to Clemson (6-0-1),
1-0, on freshman Maliah Morris' goal in the 44th minute.