Women's Soccer History
One of the youngest programs on Pepperdine’s campus, the women’s soccer team has quickly developed into one of the strongest in recent years.
Since its inaugural season in 1993, the Waves have turned out successful team after successful team. During the past 15 seasons, Pepperdine has posted 10-win seasons 10 times and has put together a sterling overall record of 172-108-35 (.607).
One constant for nearly the entire history of Pepperdine soccer has been Tim Ward. After the first season of 1993, he joined the Waves as an assistant coach in 1994. After four seasons, he was elevated to head coach in 1998, and he has guided the Waves to tremendous results.
Under Ward, the Waves posted eight consecutive winning seasons from 1999-2006 and made their first five NCAA Tournament appearances, which came consecutively from 2001-05.
Pepperdine’s best-ever season came in 2002, as the Waves went 18-2-2 and earned the West Coast Conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Though the Waves finished in a tie for first place at 6-1-0, their wins over perennial powers Portland and Santa Clara gave them the crown. Pepperdine is the only WCC team other than those two to claim a league title.
Ward was named co-National Coach of the Year as the 2002 Waves advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament for the first time, and ended the year ranked fifth in the nation.
The Waves repeated that feat in 2005, winning their first two NCAA Tournament matches to advance to the Round of 16 again. Pepperdine ended the year ranked 15th.
In their five trips to the NCAA Tournament, the Waves have won at least one match four times.
Three players have earned All-American honors. Susan Palmer was honorable mention by Soccer Buzz in 2001, Ashley Swanson was third team in 2002 and honorable mention in 2004 (both by Soccer Buzz) and Megan Woods was third team by both Soccer Buzz and the NSCAA in 2005.
The Waves have made Tari Frahm Rokus Field a tremendous homefield advantage over the years, posting winning records on their own field in all 15 seasons and compiling an overall record of 103-35-17 (.710).