Waves Compete at UCLA Soccer Classic This Weekend
Sept. 12, 2012
MALIBU, Calif. -- The #18 Pepperdine women's soccer team stays close to home this weekend as the Waves will take part in the UCLA Soccer Classic. Pepperdine faces UC Irvine in the first contest and then will try to keep a string of good results going against the third-ranked Bruins.
MATCH #8 -- Friday (Sept. 14) at Drake Stadium in Los Angeles: #18 Pepperdine (5-2-0) vs. UC Irvine (3-5-0) at 4 p.m.
MATCH #9 -- Sunday (Sept. 16) at Drake Stadium in Los Angeles: #18 Pepperdine at #3 UCLA (5-0-1, plays Princeton on Friday) at 7 p.m.
FOLLOW ONLINE -- PepperdineSports.com will offer a free internet radio broadcast of both the UC Irvine and UCLA contests. Leo Fletes will have the call. Links to live statistics will also be available. Fans can also follow @PeppSoccer on Twitter for updates.
TELEVISION -- The UCLA-Pepperdine game will be shown live on the new Pac-12 Network. Allen Hopkins and Tammy Blackburn will be the announcers.
RANKINGS -- Pepperdine is ranked #18 by the NSCAA, while UCLA is #3. The Waves dropped out of the Soccer America Top 25, while the Bruins are #4.
UC IRVINE -- Pepperdine is 7-4-2 all-time against UC Irvine. The schools last met in 2010 and played to a 1-1 tie at Pepperdine. This is the first time the two schools have met a neutral site. Both the Waves and the Anteaters have defeated Auburn this season. UCI is already 0-2 against the West Coast Conference this season, losing to both BYU and Loyola Marymount.
UCLA -- Although Pepperdine is just 3-12-2 all-time against UCLA, the Waves have had good results the last two years. In 2010, Pepperdine earned a 1-0 victory at Drake Stadium over the #11 Bruins on a 23rd-minute goal by Michelle Manning. That ended UCLA's national-best 73-match home unbeaten streak. Then, last season at Tari Frahm Rokus Field, Lynn Williams gave the Waves a 1-0 lead in the first half, but #4 UCLA's Ally Courtnall struck in the 88th minute and the game would later end in a 1-1 tie. The only blemish on UCLA's record this season is a 1-1 tie against the Waves' rival, Loyola Marymount.
LAST WEEK -- The Waves took part in the Sun Devil Desert Classic hosted by Arizona State and went 1-1 against Pac-12 competition. Katie Gallanes scored her first career goal and Anisa Guajardo added her fourth of the season, both in the first half, to lift the Waves to a 2-0 victory over Arizona on Friday (Sept. 7). But the Waves' offense couldn't break through against ASU despite a 19-13 advantage in shots, and the Sun Devils held on for a 1-0 victory.
2012 HONORS -- Amanda LeCave has racked up the honors so far this season. She was named WCC Player of the Month for August (after three goals in four games) and was selected as the WCC's co-Player of the Week on Sept. 3 (after a school-record four goals vs. Indiana). LeCave was also named the L.A. Soccer News Net Women's Player of the Week for two straight weeks (Aug. 27 and Sept. 3), and to the TopDrawerSoccer.com Team of the Week (Aug. 27) ... Michelle Pao was named to the watch list for the prestigious MAC Hermann Trophy Award, given to the nation's top player ... Pao, Roxanne Barker and Lynn Williams were named to the preseason All-WCC team.
NCAA STATISTICS -- Nationally, Amanda LeCave ranks sixth in goals (seven), seventh in game-winning goals (three), ninth in goals per game (1.0), 21st in points (14) and 23rd in points per game (2.0) ... Anisa Guajardo and Michelle Pao are both 10th in assists (five) and 17th in assists per game (0.71).
WCC STATISTICS -- Pepperdine leads the WCC in goals per game (2.29), assists per game (2.14) and points per game (6.71). The Waves are second in shots per game (15.00) and fourth in goals-against average (1.14) ... Amanda LeCave leads the WCC in goals per game (1.00), points per game (2.00) and game-winning goals (three) ... Michelle Pao and Anisa Guajardo lead the conference in assists per game (0.71) ... Roxanne Barker is second in saves per game (5.60), third in save percentage (.848) and fourth in goals-against average (1.00)
GAME RECORDS -- Amanda LeCave rewrote the Pepperdine single-game scoring record book with a four-goal game in a 5-0 win over Indiana on Sept. 2. She became the first Wave to score four goals in a game and her subsequent eight points also set a single-game record. Her hat trick in 26 minutes was the fastest any Wave has ever gotten to three goals in a game (and the first to do in the first half). The last time a Waves scored three goals in a game was 2003, when current assistant coach Jennifer Brewer accomplished the feat. Anisa Guajardo also got into the record books with three assists in the game, tying the school record.
CAREER RECORDS -- Anisa Guajardo now has 21 goals for her career, good for a tie for sixth place in Pepperdine history. With 53 career points, she needs just one more to break into the top 10 ... Roxanne Barker is the all-time leader in career goals-against average (0.78).
INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE -- Roxanne Barker became the first Pepperdine women's soccer player ever to compete at the Olympics when she played for South Africa this past summer in London. She was the starting goalkeeper for the South Africans in their first-ever Olympic appearance (a loss to Sweden). Anisa Guajardo almost joined Barker there, as she played with the Mexican National Team in the spring at the CONCACAF qualifying tournament (the Mexicans lost to Canada in a game that decided which of the two teams would go on to London).
HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE -- The Waves are always extra tough at Tari Frahm Rokus Field, where they've never had a losing season and own an all-time record of 129-38-22. Going back to the 2009 season, the Waves are currently riding a 25-game home undefeated streak in regular-season matches. Last year the Waves finished 8-1-1 at home, with the only loss coming in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to Long Beach State.
COACH WARD -- Part of the program from nearly the beginning, Tim Ward is in his 15th season as the Waves' head coach. He entered the 2012 season with a 159-83-39 (.635) record and has had 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 its 20 seasons, as he was an assistant coach from 1994-97 before being elevated to head coach.
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 #10 nationally by the NSCAA. Pepperdine hosted an NCAA Tournament match for the first time, but fell to Long Beach State 1-0 in overtime. The Waves racked up the honors, including WCC Coach of the Year and NSCAA/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. Pepperdine, which is affiliated with the Church of Christ, ranks #54 overall on U.S. News and World Report's list of America's best colleges.