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Waves Travel To Bay Area This Weekend To Compete In California Invitational


Sept. 1, 2004

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THIS WEEK: Coming off a pair of wins in the opening weekend of play, the nationally-ranked Pepperdine women's soccer team will look to remain unbeaten on the season when it travels to the Bay Area later this week to compete in the California Invitational at Edwards Stadium in Berkeley. The Waves open play against Columbia on Friday beginning at 2 p.m. before battling host California on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. A LOOK AT THE WAVES: Pepperdine opened its 2004 campaign with a pair of victories, defeating Cal State Fullerton, 1-0, on Friday before kicking off its home schedule with a 3-0 win over San Jose State Sunday afternoon at Tari Frahm Rokus Field. Junior forward Jenna Fodor led the Waves' offensive attack as she scored the lone goal against Cal State Fullerton and had the game-winning goal and an assist against San Jose State. Freshman midfielder Samantha Hire scored her first collegiate goal and senior Jenna Ainsworth scored for Pepperdine. FODOR NAMED CO-WCC PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Junior forward Jenna Fodor was named the West Coast Conference's (WCC) "Co-Player of the Week" along with Saint Mary's sophomore forward McKenna Belzer. Fodor had a pair of goals and an assist to move into eighth place on Pepperdine's all-time career points list with 42. ABOUT COLUMBIA: Columbia kicks off its 2004 campaign this weekend after finishing 6-8-3 overall and 1-4-2 in the Ivy League. Head coach Kevin McCarthy is in his 10th season guiding the Lions and has compiled an overall record to date of 78-76-18. SERIES VERSUS COLUMBIA: Friday's contest between Columbia and Pepperdine will mark the first ever meeting between the two schools. The match also marks the first time the Waves will play an Ivy League opponent. ABOUT CALIFORNIA: California opens its home schedule this weekend after posting a 1-1 record at the Nebraska adidas Invitational. The Golden Bears defeateed Creighton 3-0, before falling 4-2 to top-ranked and defending national champion North Carolina. Freshman forward Stephanie Wieger leads Cal with four points after scoring a goal in each of the Golden Bears' matches. Head coach Kevin Boyd is in the midst of his eighth season and has compiled an overall record to date of 86-49-10 (.627). SERIES VERSUS CALIFORNIA: Sunday's contest between Pepperdine and California will mark the second meeting between the two programs. The two teams met for the first time in 1999 and played to a 2-2 tie at Tari Frahm Rokus Field. NATIONAL RANKINGS: Pepperdine remains ranked in the national Top 25 as they are ranked No. 19 by Soccer America, No. 21 by Soccer Buzz and the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). The Waves are ranked No. 21 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll, Soccer Buzz and Soccer Times. CAL STATE FULLERTON RECAP: Behind an early second-half goal by junior forward Jenna Fodor, Pepperdine opened the 2004 campaign with a 1-0 victory over Cal State Fullerton Friday night. The win marked the Waves' second consecutive season-opening victory and improved their all-time record to 7-3-2 in season openers. Fodor was assisted on the play by senior forward Ali Pavoni. Fodor tapped home a saved shot in the 53rd minute for the contest's lone score. The initial cross came courtesy of Jennifer Brewer and was put on goal by Pavoni. SAN JOSE STATE RECAP: Freshman midfielder Samantha Hire scored her first career goal and junior Jenna Fodor and senior Jenna Ainsworth added goals in the Waves' 3-0 victory over San Jose State on Sunday. Fodor gave the Waves a 1-0 lead when she took a through ball from senior defender Diana Sanguinetti and beat Spartans goalkeeper Adrienne Herbst for a goal at the 8:45 mark. Hire gave the Waves a 2-0 lead early in the second half when she rifled a shot through the hands of Herbst at the 47:56 mark. Ainsworth tallied Pepperdine's final goal when she received a pass from Fodor and scored from the top of the box at 59:03. Junior Anna Picarelli increased her Pepperdine career record for most shutouts as she posted the 17th of her career. TOUGH TO SCORE ON: Since the start of last season, Pepperdine has been a difficult team for opponents to score. Last year the Waves established a school-record with 11 shutouts. They are off to a solid defensive start this year as they have posted shutouts in their first two matches. Junior goalkeeper Anna Picarelli is coming off a solid sophomore campaign in which she registered a 0.87 goal-against average. Pepperdine also returns three of its starting four defenders from a year ago in seniors Diana Sanguinetti and Ashley Swanson and All-West Region and All-WCC junior Daniella Bosio. WAVES POST IMPRESSIVE NON-CONFERENCE MARK: Over the last four-plus seasons, Pepperdine has registered a 51-7-7 (.838) 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 29-2-2 (.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 early in the 2003 season. LACEY UBALDI, DANIELLA BOSIO NAMED ALL-WCC: Senior forward Lacey Ubaldi was selected first team All-West Coast Conference (WCC) and sophomore defender Daniella Bosio was named to the second team in a vote of the conference coaches, it was announced on Wednesday. The Waves also had four women's soccer players receive honorable mention as freshmen forwards Jennifer Brewer and Lindsey Redlin along with sophomore midfielder April Pettigrew and junior defender Ashley Swanson were recognized for the their play. WAVES IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT: Pepperdine made its third consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance in 2003. The Waves traveled to nearby UCLA where they opened play against cross-town rival USC and posted a 1-0 victory over the Trojans. It marked the third consecutive year that Pepperdine has one a first-round match. The Waves suffered a 2-0 loss to the host Bruins in the second round and have an all-time postseason record of 4-3. The Waves earned their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance in 2001 and advanced to the second round. Pepperdine earned the West Coast Conference's (WCC) automatic berth to the 64-team field in 2002 and reached the "Sweet 16." PICARELLI NO. 1 ON CAREER SHUTOUT LIST: Two games into her junior year, Anna Picarelli is already Pepperdine's all-time career leader in shutouts with 17. She set a single-season record with 10.5 shutouts last year. Picarelli also entered the 2004 season as the Waves' all-time leader with 0.66 goals-against average. PEPPERDINE SCHEDULE INCLUDES THREE TOP 10 RANKED OPPONENTS: The Pepperdine women's soccer program, which has become a nationally-ranked entity the last three seasons, faces a challenging schedule in 2004 as it plays three 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 a non-conference contests against Pacific-10 Conference rival UCLA. Santa Clara begins the season ranked No. 2 in the polls, while Portland (No.6) and UCLA (No. 9) earned Top 10 rankings in various polls. Also on Pepperdine's schedule is a non-conference home match against Arizona State, which is ranked as high as No. 14. THE PROGRAM: In the midst of its 12th season of intercollegiate competition, the Pepperdine women's soccer program has compiled an overall record to date of 125-74-18 (.617). 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. The Waves made their third straight NCAA appearance in 2003 and advanced to the second round. 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, who is in the midst of his seventh season as head coach of the Pepperdine women's soccer program, has compiled an overall record of 77-34-12 (.675) and is the winningest coach in school history. Ward, who has led Pepperdine to three straight NCAA appearances, 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 11-plus seasons of intercollegiate play, Pepperdine is 74-25-8 (.729) 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 finished the 2003 season with a 5-3-1 record and is currently 1-0 this season. WAVES ON THE ROAD: In 11-plus seasons of intercollegiate competition, Pepperdine has compiled a 52-49-9 (.514) 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. The Waves were 6-2-0 on the road in 2003, including a 1-3-0 mark in neutral site 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 2004-2005 school year. ON THE WEB: For updated information concerning Pepperdine athletics, including results and schedules of upcoming events, on the Internet, please bookmark the following address: 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.



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