Despite Junior, Hannah Seabert’s four saves and Junior, Kristen Rodriguez’s two shot attempts, the Pepperdine women’s soccer team fell to UCLA 1-0 off a penalty kick in the 89th minute dropping to 5-3-1 on the year.
The Waves came out strong with a high intensity. They put the pressure on UCLA early on in the game. In the 12th minute, Kristen Rodriguez fired the loose ball in the UCLA box but her shot would be blocked and head wide of the goal. Rodriguez applied the pressure again with a shot outside the box but a UCLA defender would head it out.
These would be the only two shot attempts from the Waves in the first half. Hannah Seabert would block UCLA’s on-goal shot attempt in the first half.
The Waves came out looking to strike first in the second half but were unable to find the back of the net. Seabert would stop UCLA once again in the second half when the Bruins tried to capitalize off a penalty kick. However, in the 89th minute UCLA was able to take advantage and score off a penalty kick to seal the victory for the Bruins.
“We played awesome defense, when we kept the ball and moved the ball they could not defend us at all, we just needed to attack more,” said senior Rylee Baisden.
Pepperdine will have a 10-day break before they host Cal Poly on Sept. 27.
“These next 10 days are a good time for the people who played a lot of minutes to get their bodies right and healthy. From here on, we look to get more consistent, learn new things from each game, and try to get better each day,” said Baisden.
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