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Pepperdine’s unbeaten streak ends

Pepperdine forward Laura Cole took three shots in the Waves first loss of the season against Santa Clara on Friday night.
Pepperdine forward Laura Cole took three shots in the Waves first loss of the season against Santa Clara on Friday night.Stephen Wandzura

It’s over.

The record 18-game unbeaten streak by the No.3 Pepperdine women’s soccer team has come to an end after the Waves were defeated at No. 10 Santa Clara 1-0 Friday night.

"They are a good team, and to their credit they came out firing and we came out flat,” Pepperdine head coach Tim Ward told www.pepperdinesports.com .

Both teams came into the match undefeated in West Coast Conference play, and Santa Clara was also riding an unbeaten streak - undefeated in their last nine games. Pepperdine’s streak, the longest in school history, went back to last season and 17 games into this season.

The loss drops Pepperdine down to second place in the WCC at 13-1-4, 5-1-0, while Santa Clara takes over the lead spot at 12-1-5, 5-0-1.

With just seven seconds left in the first half, Santa Clara goalkeeper Bianca Henninger stepped up to the center line for a free kick, sending the ball into the box. Santa Clara forward Bridgett Miller got her foot on the ball and sent it into the net, for the game’s only goal.

Miller has been named WCC Player of the Week for the last two weeks and might just get the nod again next week, as this was her third straight game-winning goal.

Pepperdine took a long time to get going offensively, taking just three shots in the first half, while Santa Clara took 14. Broncos forward Sophia Huerta took seven of those shots.

The Waves stepped it up in the second half, outshooting the Broncos 8 to 3, but were unable to score the equalizer.

Pepperdine’s best chance came when forward Lynn Williams beat two defenders, but her shot was wide right.

Pepperdine midfielder Laura Cole and defender Myriah Stockman led the Pepperdine offense with three shots each.

Waves goalkeeper Roxanne Barker made four saves, while Henninger saved three for the Broncos.

The Waves will play their last regular season game on Sunday at 1 p.m., when they host Portland at Tari Frahm Rokus Field.

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