Ward Announces 2014 Women's Soccer Schedule
June 20, 2014
MALIBU, Calif. – Pepperdine women’s soccer head coach Tim Ward announced the program’s 2014 schedule today as the Waves will open play on August 22.
Pepperdine plays 11 non-conference games before opening West Coast Conference play in October. The Waves open the season with four home games and feature seven NCAA National Tournament participants on the 2014 schedule.
“We expect to play the toughest teams in the country every year,” said Pepperdine Head Coach Tim Ward, who begins his 17th season at the helm for the Waves. “We want to test ourselves against the best, not only to get ready for what is always an extremely tough conference schedule, but also to put ourselves in a position to earn a bid to the NCAA Tournament.”
Pepperdine’s season opener will be on Friday, Aug. 22 when they welcome Cal Poly to Malibu for a 3 p.m. game. The Waves then take on Maryland (Aug. 24) and Florida Atlantic (Aug. 29) at home before hosting NCAA quarterfinalists from a year ago, North Carolina, on Aug. 31.
Pepperdine then heads to Hawaii for matches against Washington State (Sept. 5) and defending national champs UCLA (Sept. 7). The Waves then come home for five more non-conference games, including home contests against Boise State (Sept. 19) and USC (Sept. 21). Pepperdine also travels to Kentucky (Sept. 14) and Cal State Fullerton (Sept. 25).
WCC play opens on Oct. 3, when conference co-champion Santa Clara comes to town. The Waves play five home games and four road games in conference play this season. Pepperdine takes on the other two co-champions when it heads to Portland on Oct. 24 and then closes the season at home against BYU on Nov. 8.
“We have three goals every year,” said Ward. “We want win the WCC, we want to make the NCAA Tournament and we want to go further than any other Wave team has gone before. The WCC is always one of the most difficult conferences in the country, but I think with the schedule we have, if we can get the results we need, we should be in a good position for the tournament.”
NCAA tournament play begins on Nov. 14, with the first, second, third and quarterfinal rounds being played at campus sites, and the Women’s College Cup being held in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (Dec. 5-7). The Waves finished last season 10-7-2 overall and in fourth place in the WCC with a 5-4-0 record.