No. 8 Waves Welcome No. 21 Auburn and Pacific to Malibu This Week
Aug. 21, 2012
MALIBU, Calif. -- The No. 8 Waves (1-0-0) opened up the 2012 season with a 4-2 victory at home over San Diego in a nonconference tilt. Senior forward Anisa Guajardo led the way with two goals and added one assist. Sophomore forward Lynn Williams also collected her first goal of the season and senior midfielder Ana Pontes also got on the board. The Waves stay at home this week, welcoming ranked opponent No. 21 Auburn (2-0-0) on Friday and future WCC member Pacific (0-1-0) on Sunday.
MATCH #2 -- Friday (Aug. 24) at Tari Frahm Rokus Field: #8 Pepperdine vs. #21 Auburn, 3 p.m.
MATCH #3 -- Sunday (Aug. 26) at Tari Frahm Rokus Field: #8 Pepperdine vs. Pacific, 1 p.m.
TICKETS -- Single-game prices are $8 for adults, $5 for students/seniors/children and free to all Pepperdine students, faculty and staff (and their dependents) with a valid Pepperdine ID. An all-sports pass, which provides admission to all Pepperdine sporting events, with the exception of men's basketball, is $100. Call the Ticket Office at (866) WAVE-TIX for more information.
WATCH LIVE -- New this season, Waves fans will be able to watch all home women's soccer matches streamed live via WaveCasts on pepperdinesports.com. The games will all be shown for free. Live internet statistics via Gametracker will be available for all home matches at www.pepperdinesports.com.
ALUMNI OFFER OF THE MONTH -- Pepperdine women's soccer vs. Pacific on Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 1 p.m. PT is the Alumni Offer of the Month. Alumni can receive four complimentary tickets if they RSVP by Friday, August 24, 2012, to Jamil Macias, Ticket Sales and External Relations Manager.
AUBURN -- The Tigers are ranked No. 21 in the NSCAA poll after defeating Georgia State 1-0 in the season opener and High Point 4-2 on Sunday. Sophomore Tori Ball was named SEC Defensive Player of the Week, after the starting center-back helped the Tigers shutout Georgia Stae and then scored their first two goals on Sunday vs. High Point. The last time the Waves and Tigers matched up was in 2003 at a neutral site, with the Waves taking the victory 4-0.
PACIFIC -- The Pacific Tigers fell 3-0 to California last Sunday to open up the 2012 season. They are scheduled to play at San Francisco on Friday before heading to Malibu on Sunday. Pacific brings back its entire starting backline from the 2011 season, making it one of its strengths. They are looking to rebuild their offensive attack around newcomers Marilla Mattos and Zarette Munoz-Aguilar. Pacific, who will enter the WCC in 2013, has played the Waves three times previously, with Pepperdine prevailing all three times. The last time they played was in 1994 in Stockton, where the Waves won 1-0. In the inagural women's soccer season in Malibu in 1993, the Waves defeated them twice at home, 7-0 and 5-0.
HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE -- The Waves are always extra tough at Tari Frahm Rokus field, owning an all-time record of 124-38-21. Stemming back to the 2009 season, the Waves are currently riding a 22-game undefeated streak at home in the regular season. Last year the Waves finished 8-1-1 at home, with the one loss coming in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to Long Beach State.
INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE -- Senior goalkeeper Roxanne Barker enters the 2012 season fresh off the Olympics as she was the starting goalkeeper for the South African National Team in London this summer. Senior forward Anisa Guajardo played with the Mexican National Team in the spring during Olympic qualifying tournaments.
2012 HONORS -- Junior defender Michelle Pao was named a preseason All-WCC selection for the second straight season. She was also named to the watch list for the 2012 MAC Hermann Trophy Award given to the nation's top collegiate men's and women's soccer players, respectively.
SCHEDULE -- The Waves' difficult slate features seven teams that advanced to the 2011 NCAA Tournament. The Waves have a particularly tough road schedule, including nonconference road games at perennial favorites UCLA and Boston College. They will also play at Portland in conference play. The Waves will face top teams from the Pac-12, Big 10 and Southeastern Conferences. Pepperdine will play a total of nine home games.
WCC PRESEASON POLL -- The Waves were picked to finish second in the conference in a preseason vote of the league's coaches. The predicted order went as follows: Santa Clara, Pepperdine, San Diego, BYU, Portland, Saint Mary's, Loyola Marymount, San Francisco and Gonzaga. Santa Clara garnered seven first place votes, with the Waves and Portland collecting one first place vote apiece.
2011 IN REVIEW -- The Waves went 15-2-4 last season and were 7-1-0 in WCC play as they won their first WCC title since 2002 and second overall. The Waves finished the season ranked No. 10 nationally by the NSCAA and participated in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, before falling to Long Beach State 1-0 in overtime. The Waves racked up the honors, including WCC Coach of the Year and NSCA/Mondo West Region Coach of the Year for Tim Ward and WCC Freshman of the Year for Lynn Williams. Michelle Pao was also named a NSCAA All-America second teamer. Returning All-WCC selections include first teamer Pao, second teamers Williams, Roxanne Barker and Kelsea Smith and honorable mention selections Kristin DeGrandmont and Anisa Guajardo.
ABOUT PEPPERDINE -- Pepperdine boasts a one-of-a-kind athletic department with unprecedented success for a school of its size. The Waves have won NCAA Division I championships in five different men's sports - one of just 16 schools to have accomplished this feat - and nine overall. Of this elite group, Pepperdine has the smallest enrollment and is the only school not in a major conference. Located in scenic Malibu, Calif., the university overlooks the Pacific Ocean and its campus and athletic facilities are regularly voted among the nation's most beautiful universities.