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No. 10 Waves Head to Sun Devil Desert Classic

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MALIBU, Calif. -- The No. 10 Waves (4-1-0) is set to travel to Tempe, Ariz., for the Sun Devil Desert Classic. They will face off against two Pac-12 teams in Arizona on Friday at 4:30 p.m. PT and tournament-host Arizona State at 1:30 p.m. PT. on Sunday. The Waves are coming off a 5-0 victory over Indiana, where sophomore forward Amanda LeCave rewrote the Pepperdine single-game scoring record book, with four goals in the game. For her record-setting performance she was named Co-WCC Player of the Week.

The Last Meeting
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August 21, 2011
Malibu, Calif.
Pepperdine Women's Soccer Opens Up Home Slate with 2-0 Victory
The Pepperdine women's soccer team earned its second straight win on Sunday, defeating Arizona 2-0 at Tari Frahm Rokus Field, as both Michelle Manning and Lynn Williams netted their first goals of the year. The Waves (2-0-0) are now 13-5-1 in home openers. The Wildcats drop to (0-2-0) with the loss.

The Last Meeting
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September 26, 2010
Malibu, Calif.
Women's Soccer, #21 ASU Battle to 0-0 Tie
A strong defensive effort resulted in the third consecutive shutout for the Pepperdine women's soccer team, but the Waves and #21 Arizona State battled to a 0-0 draw on Sunday at Tari Frahm Rokus Field.

MATCH #6 -- Friday (Sept. 7) at Sun Devil Soccer Stadium, Tempe, Ariz.: #10 Pepperdine vs. Arizona, 4:30 p.m. PT

MATCH #7 -- Sunday (Sept. 9) at Sun Devil Soccer Stadium, Tempe, Ariz.: Arizona State: #10 Pepperdine vs. Arizona State, 1:30 p.m. PT

FOLLOW ONLINE-- Follow both of the Waves' contests at the Sun Desert Classic this weekend online via GameTracker.

ARIZONA -- The Wildcats enter this weekend's contest with a 2-2 record and riding a two-game winning streak. They defeated Northern Arizona 3-0 on Aug. 26 and came back with a 3-1 victory at Creighton on Sept. 2. Jazmin Ponce leads the team with three goals, while Ana-Maria Montoya and Susana Melendez both have two goals apiece. The Wildcats' losses have come to strong opponents in Long Beach State and BYU. All-time the Waves are 7-1-1 against the Wildcats, after defeating them 2-0 last year at Tari Frahm Rokus Field.

ARIZONA STATE -- The tournament-host Sun Devils are 1-3-1 on the season, with losses at Cal State Northridge, at San Diego State and at Missouri. The lone win on the season comes at Northern Arizona (4-0). They enter the weekend coming off a 2-2 tie at Kansas. This weekend's tournament marks the home opener for the road-warrior Sun Devils. The scoring for the Sun Devils has come from Devin Marshall and Cali Farquharson, who with three goals apiece, have scored six of the team's seven goals to date. The Waves are 3-1-3 all-time against the Sun Devils. The last time the two met up was in 2010, where they played to a 0-0 draw in Malibu. The last time the Waves played in Tempe, Ariz., was in 2009, where they fell 1-0.

2012 ACCOLADES -- Sophomore forward Amanda LeCave is racking up the honors so far this season. She is the reigning Co-WCC Player of the Week after scoring four goals against Indiana on Sunday, Sept. 2. She also earned WCC Player of the Month honors after scoring three goals in four games during the month of August. She has also been named the LA Soccer News Net Women's Player of the Week for two-straight weeks (Aug. 27 and Sept. 2). She was also named to the TopDrawerSoccer.com Team of the Week (Aug. 27).

HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE -- The Waves are always extra tough at Tari Frahm Rokus field, owning an all-time record of 127-38-21. Stemming back to the 2009 season, the Waves are currently riding a 25-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 PRESEASON 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 prestigious MAC Hermann Trophy Award, given to the top collegiate male and female soccer student-athletes in the country.

Tim Ward -- Part of the program from nearly the beginning, Tim Ward is in his 15th season as the Waves' head coach. He enters the 2012 season with a 144-81-35 (.621)+ record with nine seasons of double-digit victories. His teams have posted 11 winning seasons, two WCC titles and six NCAA Tournament berths, including the Sweet 16 in 2002 and 2005. Ward has been with the women's soccer program for 19 of 20 seasons, as he was an assistant coach from 1994-97 before being elevated to head coach.

Tim Ward -- Part of the program from nearly the beginning, Tim Ward is in his 15th season as the Waves' head coach. He enters the 2012 season with a 144-81-35 (.621)+ record with nine seasons of double-digit victories. His teams have posted 11 winning seasons, two WCC titles and six NCAA Tournament berths, including the Sweet 16 in 2002 and 2005. Ward has been with the women's soccer program for 19 of 20 seasons, as he was an assistant coach from 1994-97 before being elevated to head coach.

LECAVE REWRITES RECORD BOOK -- Sophomore forward Amanda LeCave rewrote the Pepperdine single-game scoring record book on Sunday with a four-goal game in a 5-0 win over Indiana. She became the first Wave to score four goals in a game and her subsequent eight points is also a single-game record. Her hat trick in 26 minutes was the fastest any Wave has ever gotten to three goals in a game. Senior Anisa Guajardo also got into the record books in the game with three assists in the game.

IN THE WCC STATS -- In the conference stats the Waves are first in points (42/8.40 pg), goals (14/2.80 pg), assists (14/2.80 pg), third in goals allowed (6), and fourth in goals against average (1.20). LeCave leads with 14 points, 2.80 points per game, 7 goals, 1.40 goals per game and 3 game-winning goals. Guajardo leads with five assists and 1.0 assists per game. Roxanne Barker is also fourth with a 1.00 goals against average.

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.

 

 

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