Pepperdine Ready For Second Straight Postseason Appearance
Pepperdine Places Three on 2012 CoSIDA Academic All-District 8 Teams; Five on West Coast Conference All-Academic Squads
Pepperdine opens the 2012 season on Friday against San Diego at Tari Frahm Rokus Field
The nine WCC schools put a total of 1,093 student-athletes on the list from the 13 sports that the conference sponsors, which is another new conference record.
Friday marks Senior Day for Laura Cole, Karissa Garcia and Myriah Stockman.
PEPPERDINE 2011: Hilliard appeared in one game as a freshman, tallying her first career goal in a 6-0 victory over Lamar on Sept. 23 ... Attempted two shots.
ODP: Selected to the Utah State ODP Region IV Camp from 2006-10.
CLUB: Played for La Roca FC '93 Premier, which won three State Cup championships and ranked #16 nationally in 2008 ... Was the leading scorer in the Utah State Premier League for two seasons.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Weber High School, located in Pleasant View, Utah, in 2011 ... Started every varsity soccer game over four years and recorded 26 goals and 43 assists ... Named Utah's Female Soccer Athlete of the Year for 2010-11 ... Was an all-state honorable mention, all-region first team and all-area first team as a senior ... An all-region and all-area selection all four years ... Team made it to the state playoffs three times ... Earned academic all-state honors and was on the Principal's Highest Honor Roll for four years.
PERSONAL: Born in Modesto, Calif. ... Daughter of Mark and Louise Hilliard ... Has two brothers, Stephen and Michael ... Stephen played baseball at San Francisco and Occidental and Michael played lacrosse at Gonzaga ... An aunt, Eileen Haubl, also attended Pepperdine ... Majoring in business administration ... Has traveled to Europe three times to a dozen different countries ... Chose to attend Pepperdine because "it has an amazing academic reputation and also a great soccer program. From the moment I met the coaches and players I knew it was the place for me."
FAVORITES: Enjoys running, watching movies and swimming ... Lists her brothers as her sports heroes ... Favorites include Lionel Messi (pro soccer player), FC Barcelona (pro soccer team), The Hunger Games (book), Dark Night and Something Borrowed(movies), Psych and Pretty Little Liars (TV shows), Taylor Swift and Keith Urban (musical artists), Red Vines, M&Ms, strawberries, BBQ chicken and sushi (food) and volleyball (sport other than soccer) ... Enjoys soccer because of "the way it makes me feel, from the adrenaline of being in a championship game to the amazing feeling of scoring a game-winning goal."