MALIBU, Calif. – The Saint Mary’s women’s soccer team settled for a solid split this weekend after falling to Pepperdine in Malibu 3-1 on Sunday afternoon.
“I am very proud of us today,” said head coach Kai Edwards. “We showed a lot of fight. We won the battle from 18 to 18 with some very good quality. Credit to Pepperdine, they won the battle in the 18. They are a top team and it was a great game to be a part of.”
The loss drops the Gaels to a game behind .500 in conference.
Pepperdine scored in the fourth minute and 29th minute to take a 2-0 lead.
In the closing minutes of the first half, Briana Campos took a shot which was saved by the Pepperdine goal keeper. After the goalie put the ball back in play, Caroline Beaulne stole the ball just outside of the 18, and found Campos inside the box and the senior fired it past into the net for SMC’s goal to pull within 2-1.
The Gaels had a few good opportunities to tie it up in the second half, including Vicki Shimkus who ended the match with a team-high five shots and three on goal.
In the 57th minute, Pepperdine got an insurance goal in the 57th minute to lead 3-1. Kaeli Schmidt tallied 11 saves in the match against the Waves, giving her 21 total in the Loyola Marymount/Pepperdine road trip.
Campos’ goal was her team-leading sixth of the year, while Beaulne’s assist was her fifth of the season. Beaulne assisted on three of SMC’s four goals this past roadtrip.
The final shots on goal tally favored Pepperdine 14-8, while each team was called four nine fouls. Pepperdine attempted six corner kicks compared to three by the Gaels.
Saint Mary’s is back in action on Thursday when it hosts Portland in a 2:30 p.m. kickoff in Saint Mary’s Stadium.