No. 11 Waves Travel To Bay Area This Weekend To Face San Jose State And No. 2 Stanford
Sept. 1, 2003
The Pepperdine women's soccer team will make its first road trip of the season this weekend when it travels north to the Bay Area to face San Jose State and nationally-ranked Stanford. The Waves will play San Jose State at Spartan Stadium on Friday at 7 p.m. before venturing to Stanford to battle the Cardinal at Maloney Field beginning at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
Pepperdine is currently 1-1-0 on the season after opening the season last weekend. The Waves registered a 1-0 overtime victory over UC Irvine on Friday before falling 2-0 to No. 3 UCLA Sunday afternoon at Tari Frahm Rokus Field.
The Waves open their season on Friday, August, 29, when they entertain UC Irvine beginning at 3 p.m. The team continues action on Sunday, August, 31, when it faces perennial national power UCLA at 1 p.m.
Pepperdine begins play this week ranked No. 11 by Soccer America, No. 19 by Soccer Buzz and No. 22 by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).
San Jose State comes into play this week with a 1-1-0 record. After opening their season with a 2-1 victory over Pacific on Friday, the Spartans were defeated 9-1 by then No. 1-ranked Santa Clara on Sunday.
Stanford, which opened its season with a 1-0 victory over Long Beach State on Sunday, is currently ranked No. 2 by Soccer America, No. 3 by Soccer Buzz and No. 4 by the NSCAA.
Sunday's contest against Stanford marks the second of four matches Pepperdine will play against a team that was preseason-ranked in the national Top 10. The Waves have already played UCLA (No. 3) and have West Coast Conference (WCC) matches against defending national champion Portland (No. 7) and national runner-up Santa Clara (No. 4).
Friday's match against San Jose State begins a stretch of four straight road contests for Pepperdine. Following this weekend's action, the Waves travel to Las Vegas the weekend of September 12-14 to compete in the UNLV / Fila Tournament hosted by UNLV. Pepperdine is scheduled to play nationally-ranked Auburn on Friday, November 12, at 5 p.m. and will face Virginia Commonwealth on Sunday, November 14, at 2 p.m.
During the month of September, the Waves will play six of eight matches on the road. Pepperdine's only two home contests are Friday, September 19 when it hosts Xavier and Sunday, September 21, when the Waves entertain Oregon State at Tari Frahm Rokus Field.
UC IRVINE RECAP: Showing the flair for the dramatic that it displayed throughout most of a record-breaking season in 2002, the No. 10 ranked Pepperdine women's soccer team opened its 2003 campaign with a 1-0 overtime victory against UC Irvine in both team's season-opener Friday afternoon at Tari Frahm Rokus Field. Junior midfielder Ali Pavoni ended the defensive contest when she scored just 1:13 into the first overtime to lift the Waves to the win. Freshman forward Lindsey Redlin was credited with an assist on the goal as Pavoni one-timed the ball through a crowd and over the head of UC Irvine goalkeeper Marissa Welliver. The win was Pepperdine's 11th in a row at Tari Frahm Rokus Field dating back to the final home game of the 2001. Both teams had limited scoring opportunities as they combined for just 17 shots, including 11 shots on-goal. The Waves held a 12-5 advantage in shots, including a 7-4 edge in shots-on-goal. Sophomore goalkeeper Anna Picarelli played the entire match and totaled four saves.
UCLA RECAP: The No. 10 Pepperdine women's soccer team had its 12-match home winning streak snapped Sunday afternoon as No. 3 UCLA handed the Waves a 2-0 setback at Tari Frahm Rokus Field. The loss also snapped Pepperdine's 34-match regular-season unbeaten streak against non-conference opponents dating back to the 2000 campaign. Defense continued to be the early-season trend for Pepperdine as it held UCLA to just nine shots in the match. The Waves, however, managed just six shots in the contest, and just two in the second half. The match was scoreless until the 29:43 mark when UCLA freshman midfielder Caitlin Ursini scored following an assist from freshman defender Mary Castelanelli. The Bruins struck quickly in the second half to take a 2-0 lead on a goal by senior midfielder Sarah-Gayle Swanson, who shot into an empty net. Swanson took advantage of an aggressive play by sophomore goalkeeper Anna Picarelli, who after saving a shot, came out from in front of the goal in an attempt to retrieve the ball. Picarelli left the goal open and Swanson's shot eluded junior defender Ashley Swanson's attempt to save the ball. Pepperdine had its best scoring chances in the first half when the Waves caught junior goalkeeper Sarah Lombardo out of position. However, each time the shots sailed wide left.
ABOUT SAN JOSE STATE: San Jose State enters play this week with a 1-1 record. After opening the season with a 2-1 victory over Pacific last Friday, the Spartans were defeated 9-1 by top-ranked Santa Clara at Spartan Stadium on Sunday. Head coach Chris Gilmore is in his first year at San Jose State. The Spartans suffered through a 3-14-3 season in 2002 in which they finished seventh in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) with a 1-5-2 mark. San Jose State is faced with trying to replace its top two scorers from a year ago in Rebecca Hidalgo and Mariko Yoshihara, who led the team with 10 points apiece.
SERIES VERSUS SAN JOSE STATE: Friday's match between Pepperdine and San Jose State will mark the third meeting between the two schools, with the Waves leading the all-time series, 2-0. The two teams last met during the 1997 season and Pepperdine registered a 3-0 victory at Tari Frahm Rokus Field.
ABOUT STANFORD: Stanford, preseason ranked No. 2 by Soccer America, enters this week with a 1-0 record after opening its season with a 1-0 victory over Long Beach State on Sunday at Maloney Field. Prior to facing the Waves on Sunday, the Cardinal will host defending national champion Portland on Friday. Stanford completed the 2002 season with a 21-2 overall record, won the Pacific-10 Conference title with a 9-0 mark and advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament. The Cardinal concluded the year ranked No. 2 in the final Soccer Buzz poll and No. 5 by Soccer America. Head coach Paul Ratcliffe begins his first season at Stanford after compiling a 55-34-7 record in five years at Saint Mary's
SERIES VERSUS STANFORD: Sunday's contest between Pepperdine and Stanford will mark the first-ever meeting between the two schools.
2003 RECRUITING CLASS RANKED NO. 8 IN WEST REGION BY SOCCER BUZZ: Pepperdine's 2003 freshman class was ranked as the eighth-best in the West Region according to Soccer Buzz. It was also rated No. 30 in the country by Soccer Buzz. The incoming class consists of defender Morgan Applegate (San Antonio, TX / Alamo Heights HS), midfielder Allison Bernstein (Oak Park, CA / Oak Park HS), defenders Jennifer Brewer (La Mirada, CA / La Mirada HS), Ashlee Doi (Mililani, HI / Mililani HS), Caitlin Mitchell (San Carlos, CA / Notre Dame HS), Courtney Nelson (Alamo, CA / Monte Vista HS), forward Lindsey Redlin (Reseda, CA / Chatsworth HS) and goalkeeper Loretta Younkin (Woodland Hills, CA / Chaminade HS).
WAVES POST IMPRESSIVE NON-CONFERENCE MARK: Over the last four-plus seasons, Pepperdine has registered a 40-5-7 (.836) non-conference mark. After falling 2-0 to Fresno State in the 2000 season opener, the Waves posted an impressive 22-match unbeaten streak before falling to No. 3 seed UCLA in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Dating back to the start of the 2001 season, Pepperdine is 19-1-2 (.909) during the regular season against non-conference opponents. The Waves had their 34-match regular-season unbeaten streak against non-conference opponents snapped by UCLA on Sunday.
CLIMBING THE CHARTS: Senior forward Lacey Ubaldi and junior midfielder Ali Pavoni are rapidly climbing Pepperdine's all-time career lists in points, goals and assists. The following is a listing of where current Waves rank on the points, goals and assists lists:
POINTS GOALS ASSISTS 3. Kristi Bissonnette 65 T3. Kristi Bissonnette 21 1. Kristi Bissonnette 23 5. Lacey Ubaldi 52 5. Lacey Ubaldi 18 3. Tasha Spangler 17 6. Tasha Spangler 47 6. Ali Pavoni 17 T4. Lacey Ubaldi 16 7. Ali Pavoni 42 7. Tasha Spangler 15
PEPPERDINE SCHEDULE INCLUDES FOUR TOP 10 RANKED OPPONENTS: The Pepperdine women's soccer program, which has become a nationally-ranked entity the last two seasons, faces a challenging schedule in 2003 as it plays four teams that earned national Top 10 preseason rankings this year. In addition to playing perennial national powers and West Coast Conference (WCC) rivals Portland and Santa Clara, the Waves also have non-conference contests against Pacific-10 Conference rivals Stanford and UCLA. Santa Clara begins the season ranked No. 1 in the polls, while defending national champion Portland, Stanford and UCLA all earned Top 5 rankings in various polls. Also on Pepperdine's schedule is a non-conference neutral field contest against Auburn, which is preseason ranked as high as No. 17.
WEST COAST CONFERENCE FARES WELL IN OPENING WEEK: The West Coast Conference (WCC), widely considered one of the top women's soccer conferences in the country, faired well in the opening week of WCC. Conference teams compiled a cumulative record of 9-4-2 (.667), highlighted by San Francisco posting a 2-0 mark. Every team won at least one match during the weekend.
THE PROGRAM: In its 11th season of intercollegiate competition, the Pepperdine women's soccer program has compiled an overall record to date of 110-69-17 (.604). The Waves achieved a program first in 2002 as they set a single-season record for most wins with an 18-2-2 mark and earned a share of their first-ever West Coast Conference (WCC) title. Pepperdine made its first-ever "Sweet 16" appearance, posting road wins over Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Wisconsin. The Waves' season came to an end in the third round when they suffered a 2-0 loss to Michigan in Ann Arbor. Pepperdine received its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance in 2001 and advanced to the second round to finish the year with a 12-5-3 record. The Waves made their post-season debut against USC on November 16, 2001and defeated USC, 1-0. Pepperdine's season ended with a 2-1 loss to UCLA in a second-round match. Pepperdine competed as a NCAA Division I independent team in 1993. In 1994, the Waves surprised the critics and finished an impressive third place in their debut West Coast Conference (WCC) season. The Waves turned in the best-ever performance in WCC play in 2002 as they compiled a 6-1-0 record and became the conference's first team to defeat perennial national powers Portland and Santa Clara in the same season. During the 1996 campaign, Pepperdine finished with a 5-2 overall mark and tied Santa Clara and San Diego for second place. In 1998, the Waves finished WCC play with a 0-5-2 record and in seventh place. In 1999, the Waves went 2-5 in the conference and finished in sixth place. Pepperdine went 13-6-1 during the 2000 campaign.
Tim Ward: Tim Ward, in the midst of his sixth season as head coach of the Pepperdine women's soccer program, has compiled an overall record of 62-29-11 (.662) and is the winningest coach in school history. Ward guided the Waves to their best-ever record of 18-2-2, including a 6-1-0 mark in West Coast Conference (WCC) play in 2002. Pepperdine tied Santa Clara for the WCC title with a 6-1-0 record and Ward was named the conference's "Coach of the Year.. He was also named the West Region's "Coach of the Year" by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). Ward was named Pepperdine's third head coach in May of 1998, succeeding Kenny Dale, who served as the Waves' head coach from 1995-97. Prior to being named head coach, Ward served four years as an assistant under Dale and George Kuntz, the program's first-ever head coach. During his time in Malibu, Ward has been actively involved in all aspects of the Pepperdine program, including conditioning, practice planning, recruiting, scheduling and coordinating the highly successful Malibu Soccer Academy. Ward also served as Pepperdine's assistant sports information director. While an assistant for the Waves, Pepperdine accumulated a four-year record of 35-36-6 overall record and a 14-13-1 mark in West Coast Conference (WCC) play. Ward played his collegiate career at nearby California Lutheran in Thousand Oaks where the Kingsmen compiled a 57-18-8 record during his four years. California Lutheran won or shared the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Association (SCIAC) championship in 1991, 1992 and 1993, and advanced to post-season play in 1990, 1991 and 1992. In addition to garnering academic All-American accolades in 1992, Ward was a first-team All-SCIAC selection in 1993 after earning second team honors in 1992.
WAVES AT HOME: In the midst of its 11th season of intercollegiate play, Pepperdine is 69-23-7 (.732) in matches played at Tari Frahm Rokus Field. Pepperdine posted its best-ever home mark in 2002, concluding the year with a 10-0-0 record. The Waves' previous best home records came in 1993 and 1996 when they went 8-1. Pepperdine is currently 1-1-0 in 2003.
WAVES ON THE ROAD: In 10 seasons of intercollegiate competition, Pepperdine has compiled a 42-46-9 (.479) record in matches played on the road. The Waves were 6-2-2, including a 1-0-0 mark in neutral contests, on the road in 2002 and tied the single-season record for most road wins, equaling the 2000 team that went 6-4 away from Tari Frahm Rokus Field. Pepperdine finished the 2001 season with a 4-4-1 road record, including a 1-0 mark in neutral contests.
SPORTS INFORMATION HOTLINE: For updated information concerning Pepperdine athletics, including results and a schedule of upcoming events, please contact the Pepperdine Sport Information Hotline at 310-506-7373.The hotline will be updated on a regular basis throughout the course of the 2003-2004 school year.
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FOR MORE INFORMATION: For more information on the women's soccer program, or to arrange interviews with players and the coaching staff, please contact Al Barba at the Pepperdine Sports Information Office by calling (310) 506-4455.