MALIBU, Calif. – The Dartmouth women’s soccer team struggled to break the defense of Pepperdine Sunday afternoon, dropping a 3-0 contest at Rokus Field.

The Waves improve to 3-1-1 on the season, while Big Green move to 2-2.

In the 11th minute, Pepperdine’s Bri Visalli took a penalty kick after being tripped near the goal by a Dartmouth defender. Visalli capitalized on the opportunity to give the Waves an early lead. 

In the final 30 seconds of the first half, junior midfielder Katie Byrne sent a pass to teammate Brie Welch, who finished the play with a shot inside the far post from the right side of the box.

Pepperdine scored an insurance goal late in the second on a shot from the foot of Christina Settles into the right upper corner. 

“Today I felt we were beaten by a very good team that is going to do very well this season,” head coach Ron Rainey said. “I feel like we needed to play with a little more grit and desire like we did in the second half throughout the entire time, to disrupt a team that is very good technically. That is something we will work on when we get home and get ready for the match on Thursday.”

The Dartmouth defense kept several other goal attempts from fruition, including on a penalty kick midway through the first half. Keeper Mariel Gordon started the game and recorded three saves, before sophomore Lorna McElrath came in for the final six minutes, tallying a save in the process. Freshman defender Claire Trop saw her first collegiate minutes in the game as well. 

The Big Green were outshot, 19-5, with only two shots on goal. Pepperdine controlled the possession through the majority of the game and was keen to keep Dartmouth away from the goal as much as possible. A total of eight Big Green fouls created turnovers, giving the Waves more opportunities to control the tempo and score.

Dartmouth returns to action at Albany on Thursday, Sept. 7 at 7 p.m.