Pepperdine Unveils 2013 Schedule
July 9, 2013
After playing an exhibition game at Cal Poly August 17, Pepperdine opens its 21st season at home against California Monday, August 26 at Tari Frahm Rokus Field in a rematch of the 2012 NCAA Tournament opening round contest won by the Golden Bears 1-0. It marks the second time in the last three seasons the Waves have opened against Cal. Pepperdine seized a 2-1 road triumph in Berkeley to kick off the 2011 season.
Pepperdine closes its opening homestand with a match against Wright State Thursday, August 29 before leaving Malibu for a three-game road swing. The Waves tackle back-to-back matches against 2012 NCAA Sweet-16 teams starting September 1 at Texas A&M in College Station. Pepperdine then travels to Michigan for a September 6 battle in Ann Arbor before closing out the road trip September 8 at Toledo.
After squaring off against crosstown rival USC September 13 in Los Angeles, Pepperdine returns to action when it opens a six-match homestand against another 2012 NCAA Sweet-16 opponent San Diego State on Sunday, September 15. After tackling the Aztecs, the Waves will host 2012 NCAA Quarterfinalist UCLA in Malibu Friday, September 20. Fresno State visits Pepperdine’s newly renovated home pitch Sunday, September 22 and the Waves close out the non-conference slate against Cal State Fullerton Friday, September 27.
Pepperdine opens the 2013 WCC season at home when Gonzaga and 2012 NCAA Tournament participant Portland visit Malibu, beginning Friday, October 11 against the Bulldogs. The Waves then close out the regular season playing five of their remaining seven matches on the road.
Pepperdine plays at 2012 NCAA Quarterfinalist and defending WCC champion Brigham Young Thursday, October 17 in Provo and then play at San Diego Saturday, October 19. The Waves play their final home matches against new WCC member Pacific Friday, October 25 and host Saint Mary’s Sunday, October 27 in the regular season home finale on senior day.
Pepperdine concludes the regular season with a three-game road trip starting Friday, November 1 at San Francisco. Then Waves tackle 2012 NCAA participant Santa Clara November 3 in the South Bay before closing out the regular season at crosstown rival Loyola Marymount Saturday, November 9 in a Wells Fargo PCH Cup Battle in Westchester.
During the 2013 regular season, Pepperdine will play no fewer than eight matches against teams that advanced to the 2012 NCAA postseason, including five teams that reached the Sweet-16 and two that marched to the quarterfinals.
ABOUT PEPPERDINE SOCCER: Since its inaugural season in 1993, the Waves have turned out successful team after successful team. During its 20 seasons, Pepperdine has posted 10-win seasons 13 times and has put together a sterling overall record of 221-130-45 (.615). 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 since 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. The Waves’ qualified for the postseason again in 2012 for the second consecutive season.