Sept. 2, 2011
Malibu, Calif. - Freshman Ally Courtnall's goal at the end of regulation helped the No. 4 UCLA women's soccer team stave off defeat and earn a 1-1 tie against No. 24 Pepperdine on Friday afternoon at Tari Frahm Rokus Field in Malibu.
Pepperdine (4-0-1) took the lead in Friday's contest at the 35:42 mark of the first half when Lynn Williams slipped a shot past UCLA goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland. Pepperdine's Anisa Guajardo and Karissa Garcia both assisted on the goal.
Less than two minutes from suffering their first loss of the year, the Bruins (3-0-1) finally found the back of the net in the 88th minute on Courtnall's second goal of the season. Junior Zakiya Bywaters served a cross from the left corner flag that found a crashing Courtnall, who pushed the ball into the back of the net for the Bruins' equalizer at the 87:07 mark.
Both teams then played scoreless soccer for two 10-minute overtime periods before the match officially ended in a draw.
Bywaters nearly gave UCLA a dramatic win in the final overtime period, however her shot with 11 seconds remaining bounced off the crossbar, saving the Waves from defeat.
UCLA out-shot Pepperdine 23-10 on the afternoon, including a 7-1 advantage in the second half. '
The Bruins' 2011 home opener on Sunday has been moved from Drake Stadium to the North Athletic Field and will begin at 4:30 p.m. The match was originally supposed to start at 7:00 p.m.