No. 12 Pepperdine Faces No. 28 Kansas Friday at San Diego Tournament
Sept. 6, 2005
Malibu, Calif. -
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THIS WEEK: The nationally-ranked Pepperdine women's soccer team continues its six-match road trip this week when it takes on nationally-ranked Kansas and Tulane at the San Diego Tournament.
The Waves, who have won four consecutive matches to open the season, will face No. 28 Kansas on Friday beginning at 5 p.m. Pepperdine concludes tournament play with a 9:30 a.m. contest against Tulane on Sunday.
Following this weekend's play in San Diego, the Waves wrap-up their longest road stretch of the season next weekend when they travel to Texas to take on Texas Christian and Southern Methodist on September 16 and 18, respectively.
Pepperdine finally returns home on September 23 when it hosts UNLV beginning at 3 p.m.
The two victories by the Waves catapulted them up the national rankings as they are ranked No. 12 by Soccer Buzz and No. 15 by Soccer America and the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).
Kansas is currently 2-1-1 on the season and ranked No. 28 by Soccer Buzz while Tulane comes into play this week 0-3-0.
The 4-0 start by Pepperdine is its best in school history, eclipsing the Waves' 3-0 opening to the 2004 season. Pepperdine's best-ever unbeaten streak to begin a season came in 2002 when the Waves started the year 10-0-2 en route to an 18-2-2 mark and a final Top 5 national ranking.
SIX WAVES NAMED ALL-TOURNAMENT: In addition to winning the Outrigger Hotels & Resorts Soccer Classic, Pepperdine had six players named to the all-tournament. Senior forward Jenna Fodor, junior defender Courtney Nelson, senior goalkeeper Anna Picarelli, junior forward Lindsey Redlin and junior defender Lauren Treinen were named all-tournament while senior forward Megan Woods was tabbed Most Valuable Player. Redlin paced the Waves' offense as she scored a goal in both matches.
HAWAII RECAP: Senior forward Jenna Fodor and junior forward Lindsey Redlin each scored goals to lead Pepperdine to a 2-0 victory over Hawaii Friday night. The Waves took a 1-0 lead at the 20:41 mark when Fodor scored on a penalty kick. The score remained 1-0 until the 73:26 mark when Redlin received the ball from senior forward Megan Woods and scored her third goal of the season. Senior goalkeeper Anna Picarelli earned the shutout in goal as she registered four saves.
EASTERN MICHIGAN: Junior forwards Jennifer Brewer and Lindsey Redlin each scored goals to lead Pepperdine to a 2-0 victory over Eastern Michigan and the Outrigger Hotels & Resorts Soccer Classic title Saturday night. The Waves controlled the match from start to finish and were never severely tested by the Eagles. Pepperdine got on the board quickly as Brewer maneuvered to the middle of the field and sent a 25-yard rocket to the back of the net at the 12:29 mark. Redlin also scored for the Waves on another shot from distance, as her bender from 30-plus yards out got past Eagles goalkeeper Andrea Bouldin in the 80th minute. Pepperdine out-shot Eastern Michigan 17-6. The Eagles were unable to penetrate the Waves defense for much of the game, recording their first shot of the game in the last minute of the first half, and failing to generate any corner kicks for the match.
ABOUT KANSAS: Kansas begins play this week with a 2-1-1 overall record and is ranked No. 28 in this week's Soccer Buzz poll. The Jayhawks have won two in a row following victories over Missouri State (2-0) and Arkansas (1-0). Kansas' lone loss was an overtime setback to No. 25 Wisconsin (3-2). Senior forward Caroline Smith leads the Jayhawks with six points while freshman midfielder/forward Jessica Bush is coming off a week in which scored a pair of game-winning goals and was named the Big 12's Player of the Week. Head coach Mark Francis is in the midst of his seventh season at Kansas and has compiled an overall record to date of 77-47-7 (.797).
SERIES VERSUS KANSAS: Friday's match will mark the first-ever meeting between Kansas and Pepperdine.
ABOUT TULANE: Tulane, attempting survive the ravages of Hurricane Katrina, begins play this week with an 0-3-0 record. The Green Wave will be attending school at Texas A&M this fall while playing for Tulane. The Green Wave's three losses have come to Alabama (4-1), Louisville (2-1) and Kennesaw State (0-2). Senior forward Jessica Mendez and junior midfielder Kali Miller top the team with three points apiece. Head coach Betsy Anderson is in the midst of her fifth season at Tulane and has compiled an overall record to date of 33-38-7 (.468).
SERIES VERSUS TULANE: Sunday's meeting between Pepperdine and Tulane will mark the first-ever meeting between the two teams.
WAVES POST IMPRESSIVE NON-CONFERENCE MARK: Over the last five-plus seasons, Pepperdine has registered a 60-10-8 (.820) 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 40-4-6 (.860) 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.
TOUGH TO SCORE ON: Since the start of the 2003 season, Pepperdine has been a difficult team for opponents to score. That season, the Waves established a school-record with 11 shutouts. In 2004, Pepperdine turned in another solid defensive effort as it posted 10 shutouts in 19 matches and set a single-season mark with a 0.60 goals-against average. Junior goalkeeper Anna Picarelli enjoyed a solid campaign as led the West Coast Conference (WCC) with a 0.61 goals-against average. The Waves currently have two shutouts in 2005.
PEPPERDINE SETS CONSECUTIVE MATCH SHUTOUT MARK: With shutouts in its first six contests of 2004, Pepperdine broke the school record for most consecutive shutouts. The previous record was four set in 2003.
WAVES IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT: Pepperdine made its fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance in 2004. The team ventured cross town to UCLA for the second straight year and lost a hard-fought 1-0 decision to the host Bruins. 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 won a first-round match. The Waves suffered a 2-0 loss to the host Bruins in the second round and have an all-time post-season record of 4-4. The Waves earned their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance in 2001 and advanced to the second round where they lost to UCLA. Pepperdine earned the West Coast Conference's (WCC) automatic berth to the 64-team field in 2002 and reached the "Sweet 16" before falling to Michigan.
PICARELLI NO. 1 ON CAREER SHUTOUT LIST: Senior goalkeeper Anna Picarelli entered the 2005 season as Pepperdine's all-time career leader in shutouts with 25. After posting a shutout against Hawaii on Friday, she increased her career total to 26. Picarelli set a single-season record with 10.5 shutouts in 2003 and finished with 10 in 2004. She also entered 2005 as Pepperdine's all-time leader with a 0.72 goals-against average. Her 0.61 goals-against average in 2004 is a single-season school mark.
WCC PRESEASON COACHES POLL: Pepperdine has been picked to finish fourth in the West Coast Conference by the league's coaches. The Waves return 20 letterwinners, including six starters from last year's tean that finished 9-7-3 overall. Pepperdine finished seventh in the WCC and earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Waves suffered an opening-round 1-0 loss to UCLA at Drake Stadium. Rankings: 1) Portland (7) 2) Santa Clara (1) 3) San Diego, 4) Pepperdine 5) Loyola Marymount 6) Saint Mary's T7) Gonzaga T7) San Francisco (First-place votes in parenthesis)
PEPPERDINE SCHEDULE INCLUDES EIGHT RANKED OPPONENTS: The Pepperdine women's soccer program, which has become a nationally-ranked entity over the last four years, faces a challenging schedule in 2005 as it plays eight teams ranked in Soccer Buzz' preseason poll, including three (UCLA, Portland and Santa Clara) that earned national Top 10 rankings. Other preseason ranked opponents include Arizona (No. 25), Utah (No. 26), Central Florida (28), Kansas (No. 29) and San Diego (No. 30). Additionally, the Waves schedule includes 10 teams (Central Florida, Arizona, Kansas, Southern Methodist, UNLV, Utah, UCLA, Portland, San Diego and Santa Clara) that participated in the 2004 NCAA Tournament.
THE PROGRAM: In the midst of its 13th season of intercollegiate competition, the Pepperdine women's soccer program has compiled an overall record to date of 136-81-21 (.615). 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, 2001 and 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 and earned a fourth consecutive appearance in 2004. 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. Pepperdine went 13-6-1 during the 2000 campaign and made post-season play for the first time.
Tim Ward: Tim Ward, who is in the midst of his eighth season as head coach of the Pepperdine women's soccer program, has compiled an overall record of 88-41-15 (.663) and is the winningest coach in school history. Ward, who has led Pepperdine to four 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 the midst of its 13th season of intercollegiate play, Pepperdine is 81-26-9 (.737) 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 2004 season with a 6-1-1 and is currently 2-0-0 in 2005.
WAVES ON THE ROAD: In the midst of its 13th season of intercollegiate competition, Pepperdine has compiled a 56-55-11 (.504) 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. They concluded the 2004 season 3-6-1 on the road, including a 1-0-0 mark in neutral contests. Pepperdine is 2-0, including a 1-0 mark, neutral site contests in 2005.
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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.