MALIBU, CA – The ninth-ranked North Carolina women’s soccer team was shut out for the third time in four matches this season as it fell to 17th-ranked Pepperdine 1-0 Sunday afternoon at Tari Frahm Rokus Field.
Carolina traveled West for the weekend and earned a 0-0 tie at top-ranked UCLA Friday night before falling to the Waves on Sunday.
Pepperdine got the only goal it needed at the 70:03 mark of the match when Lynn Williams scored an unassisted tally, her second of the year.
That goal held up as Pepperdine outshot the Tar Heels 10-9 on the day. For the second successive game, the Tar Heels had trouble putting shots on frame. They did not have a shot on goal against the Bruins and had only one against the Waves. For UNC, starting goalkeeper Lindsey Harris made two saves and Bryane Heaberlin, who played the second half, also made two saves.
Pepperdine outshot the Tar Heels 5-2 in the first half while Carolina outshot the Waves 7-5 in the second half.
Things get no easier for Carolina as it must bounce back against a pair of talented teams next weekend when it plays Penn State at 5 p.m. Friday and Arkansas at 12 noon Sunday in the Duke Nike Classic at Koskinen Stadium in Durham, N.C.
Pepperdine improved to 4-0 on the season with the victory. The Waves have allowed only one goal in four games and recorded their third straight shutout of the campaign.
UNC starters Summer Green (forward) and Hanna Gardner (defender) missed Sunday’s game versus Pepperdine. Their status is day-to-day heading into next weekend’s contests.