No. 17 Waves Set to Host Florida Atlantic and No. 9 North Carolina
Aug. 26, 2014
This Week: The No. 17 Pepperdine women's soccer team continues its four-game, season-opening homestand when it hosts Florida Atlantic and No. 9 North Carolina. The Waves host FAU on Friday at 3 p.m. and UNC on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Broadcast Info: All of the Waves home games this season will be broadcast live on WaveCasts at PepperdineSports.com. Live stats for all home games will also be carried on PepperdineSports.com.
Promotions: There will be a kids carnival at Sunday's game against North Carolina and a postgame autograph session with the team.
Last Time Out: The Waves started the season with a perfect 2-0 week, defeating Cal Poly in their season opener, 2-1, and then taking down Maryland, 1-0. All three Pepperdine goals came in the first halves as the defense was able to make each result hold up.
Sister Act: The Harbison sisters helped lead the Waves to victory in the season opener, as Freshman Hailey Harbison scored the first goal of the season just under four minutes into the game on an assist from her sister, sophomore Meagan Harbison. Meagan would later put home the Waves' second goal, scoring on a cross inside the six-yard box.
Terrapin Shutout: The Waves picked up their first shutout of the year in their second game, getting a goal from Taylor Alvarado late in the first half. Meghan Schoen and Amanda LeCave helped set up a breakaway for Alvarado on the lone goal. Hannah Seabert had four saves in the shutout.
Waves in the Rankings: Pepperdine cracked the national rankings this week, jumping to No. 17 in the NSCAA Coaches Poll. The Waves made the highest jump of any previously unranked team in the poll and grabbed their highest rating since Oct. 16, 2012 (No. 15). Three other WCC teams were ranked this week, Portland (14), Santa Clara (15) and BYU (23).
Preseason WCC Poll/All-Conference: The Waves were tabbed fourth in the WCC Preseason Coaches Poll this year. The Waves, who finished fourth in the conference standings last season, garnered 57 points in the coaches poll. Defending conference champs BYU took first in the poll with a total of 73 points and three first place votes. Portland was tabbed second (72 points) and Santa Clara was picked third (69 points), with each school receiving three first place votes. Pepperdine's Holtz and Williams were both named to the preseason All-WCC squad. Williams is coming off an All-WCC first team nod last year and Holtz is coming off an all-conference second team honor last season.
MAC Hermann Watch List: The Waves' Williams was one of 63 players named to the preseason MAC Hermann Award Watch List this season. The MAC Hermann Trophy is the most prestigious individual award in NCAA soccer presented annually to one male and one female athlete. The winners will be announced Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, at the trophy presentation banquet at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis.
Alvarado on Mexico U-20 Squad: The Waves' Taylor Alvarado was named to the Mexican National Team U-20 squad this past summer and competed with the team at the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Canada this August. Mexico went 0-1-2 in group stage play, with Alvarado making an appearance in the team's final game against Korea. She had previously competed for Mexico in the CONCACAF U-20 Championship and at the 2012 U-17 World Cup in Azerbaijan.
· Florida Atlantic: The Owls are coming off a 5-10-4 season in which they went 3-4-3 in Conference USA play, missing out on the postseason. The Owls' Olivia MBala was selected as the Preseason Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year and Claire Emslie and Katie Englert were named preseason all-conference. FAU opened the season with a 1-0 win over South Florida and then played to a 2-2 tie with Stetson last time out.
· North Carolina: The perennial NCAA powerhouse Tar Heels entered the season as the preseason No. 4 team in the country after going 20-5 last season. UNC finished 10-3 in the ACC, making the NCAA Tournament for the 33rd straight year. The Tar Heels made it to the quarterfinals of the national tournament where they were defeated by eventual NCAA Champions UCLA. UNC opened the season with a 1-0 overtime loss to Stanford at home and then rebounded to defeat Ohio State 1-0 also in Chapel Hill.
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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 undergraduate enrollment and is the only school not affiliated with a BCS-level conference. The Waves have earned the Division I-AAA All-Sports Trophy, an award based on postseason success that's given to the top non-football school, three times (most recently in 2011-12). 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. Pepperdine, which is affiliated with the Church of Christ, ranks #57 overall on U.S. News and World Report's list of America's best colleges.