Women's Soccer Faces No. 18 Kansas and Arizona State on the Road
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Sept. 13, 2006
Malibu, Calif. -
PEPPERDINE SOCCER ON THE ROAD: The Pepperdine women's soccer team is on the road this weekend for the first time since August as it travels to face Kansas for a 3 p.m. (PST) match on Friday before traveling to Arizona State for a 5 p.m. (PST) match on Sunday.
ABOUT THE WAVES: Pepperdine holds a 3-1-2 record as it heads into this weekend's action on the road. The Waves defeated Tulsa 3-1 on Friday and concluded their four-match home stand on Sunday with a 1-1 tie against Wisconsin. Pepperdine currently holds a four-match unbeaten streak.
PEPPERDINE IN THE POLLS: Pepperdine does not appear in the soccer polls this week.
HEAD COACH Tim Ward: Tim Ward, who picked up his 100th career win in the season opener, began his ninth season as head coach of the Pepperdine women's soccer program and has compiled an overall record to date of 102-46-20 (.666). Ward has led the program to five consecutive NCAA tournament appearances, including two "Sweet 16" appearances.
TULSA RECAP: The Pepperdine women's soccer team concluded its four-match home stand and continued its four-game unbeaten streak. The Waves defeated Tulsa, 3-1, on Friday before playing Wisconsin to a 1-1 tie on Sunday. On Friday, the Waves got on board first after Lindsey Redlin saw a scoring opportunity and fed the ball from the left side to junior Samantha Hire, who launched it into the right side of the net. Tulsa answered with a goal of its own, but Pepperdine quickly got back on track with goals from Lindsey Redlin and Amanda Rupp, who secured the Waves' victory.
WISCONSIN RECAP: Wisconsin scored the first goal on Friday and with less than 10 minutes to play and Pepperdine still trailing by a goal, sophomore Rosanna Podesta scored the equalizing goal to send the match into overtime. After two overtime periods, the Badgers kept the Waves out of the box as both teams recorded their second tie of the season.
ABOUT KANSAS: Kansas holds a 4-1 record and is coming off of a 2-0 weekend after defeating Alabama in overtime and upsetting No. 12 Duke, 4-3. The Jayhawks kicked off the season with a 3-0 win over Furman before falling to then-No. 10 California, but have won the last three matches and are ranked at No. 18 in the Soccer America poll and No. 20 in the Soccer Times poll. Monica Dolinsky leads the team with four goals and one assist for nine points, while Holly Gault adds three goals and two assists for eight points. Mark Francis is in his 7th season with the Jayhawks.
SERIES VS. KANSAS: Pepperdine leads the all-time series 1-0. The two teams met for the first time last season with the Waves recording the 3-2 victory at the San Diego tournament in San Diego, Calif.
ABOUT ARIZONA STATE: The Sundevils hold a 4-1-1 record and are coming off of a 2-0 weekend after defeating Denver and UCF at the UNLV Invite. ASU has recorded four shutouts, including the two matches over the weekend. The team's only loss came at the hands of Florida State, which defeated the Sundevils, 1-0, in overtime. Brittney Doty, Lara Kezer and Courtney Crane lead the team with two goals each. Head Coach Ray Leone is in his 6th season with the Sun Devils.
SERIES VS. ARIZONA STATE: Pepperdine leads the all-time series 2-0-1. The two programs last met in 2004 when the Waves defeated the Sun Devils, 2-1, in Malibu, Calif. The two programs first met in 2001 when Pepperdine defeated ASU 3-0 and in 2002 both programs played to a 1-1 tie on Sun Devil territory.
WYNNE NAMED TO SOCCER BUZZ ELITE TEAM OF THE WEEK: Sophomore midfielder Emily Wynne was named to the Soccer Buzz "Elite Team of the Week" on Sept. 5 after scoring the Waves' three goals at the Puma Classic. Wynne knocked in two goals in the 2-2 tie with Dayton and also scored the game-winning goal in the 1-0 victory over Ohio State. The El Cajon native was also named the MVP of the Puma Classic, which was hosted by Pepperdine and included Dayton, Ohio State and San Diego. WHEN PEP SCORES FIRST Pepperdine is unbeaten when getting on the board first and stands at 3-0-1, which includes the Waves' two shutouts. Wynne has recorded the first goal, three different times, including the game-winners against Idaho and Ohio State. Wynne also got the Waves on board first during the 2-2 tie against Dayton. Junior Samantha Hire recorded the first goal of the match and her first goal of the season in Friday's 3-1 win over Tulsa.
IN OVERTIME: Half of Pepperdine's games have gone into overtime with two of the three ending in ties. Pepperdine's only loss on the season came at the hands of Cal Poly, which recorded the 2-1 victory in the first overtime period.
GOAL!: Six games into the season, the Waves have already knocked in a total of 13 goals compared to their opponent's six goals. The Waves are averaging 2.17 goals/game, which is second in the West Coast Conference (shared with San Diego). The Waves sit at the top of the conference in shots, totaling 103 with an average of 17.17/game.
LOOKING AHEAD: After traveling to Kansas and Arizona State, the Waves return home for a match against San Diego State on Fri., Sept. 22 at 3 p.m., before embarking on a four-match road trip. The road trip includes two nationally-ranked teams, beginning with a 1 p.m. match on Sun., Sept. 24 against No. 4 UCLA in Los Angeles followed by a 6:30 p.m. match on Fri., Sept. 29 against No. 12/No. 25 Utah.
A Challenging Road to Success: The No. 20 Pepperdine women's soccer team faces a tough challenge this season as its schedule includes seven teams that appeared in the 2005 NCAA tournament, including the defending national champion Portland. The Waves will face four teams who fell in the first round including Wisconsin and Gonzaga at home on September 10 and November 4, and Utah (Sept. 29) and UNLV (Oct. 1) on the road. WCC foe Gonzaga, which made its first-ever NCAA appearance last year received a No. 25 ranking by Soccer Buzz. Pepperdine travels to local rival UCLA on September 24. The Bruins advanced to the final championship match where they fell to Portland, but are ranked No. 1 in this year's Soccer Buzz preseason poll. The Waves face perennial conference power Santa Clara, which fell in the quarterfinals to Penn State, on October 15 and defending national champion Portland on October 29. The Broncos earned a No. 2 rank by Soccer Buzz and a No. 7 Rank by the NSCAA, while Portland sat at the top of the NSCAA preseason poll and earned a No. 5 preseason rank by Soccer Buzz.
EUROPEAN VACATION: This summer the Waves had the opportunity to travel overseas and participate in matches abroad as well as witness history in Germany at the 2006 World Cup. The Waves competed against the U-19 Dutch National Team and saw the USA take on Italy and France play Togo in World Cup action. The team took in sites in Cologne and Aachen in Germany, Maastricht in The Netherlands, Amsterdam and ended their trip in Paris, France. With teambuilding exercises such as "adventure day", the Waves bonded and will certainly have memories of their trip as they begin the 2006 season.
MORE ON WARD: 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 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. 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. 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.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM: Kicking off its 14th season of intercollegiate competition, the Pepperdine women's soccer program has compiled an overall record to date of 150-86-26 (.622). 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's season came to an end in the third round when they suffered a 2-0 loss to Michigan in Ann Arbor. In 2005, the Waves made their second quarterfinal appearance after defeating Mississippi and Samford in the first and second rounds, respectively. Their stellar season came to an end that year after falling to power North Carolina. Pepperdine received its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance in 2001, when it defeated USC, 1-0, on November 16. Pepperdine's season ended with a 2-1 loss to UCLA in a second-round match to finish the year with a 12-5-3 record. In 2003, the Waves made their third straight NCAA appearance, advancing to the second round and earned a fourth consecutive appearance the following year. After competing as a NCAA Division I independent team in 1993, the Waves surprised critics and finished with an impressive third place in their conference debut West in 1994. 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.
WAVES AT HOME: As it kicked of its 14th season of intercollegiate play, Pepperdine is 92-28-3 (.760) 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 team's previous best home records came in 1993 and 1996 when they went 8-1. Pepperdine finished the 2005 season with an 8-2-1 record at home, which included a 1-0 win over WCC power Santa Clara and a 1-1 tie against defending national champion Portland. In 2006, the Waves are 2-0-1 when playing at home.
WAVES ON THE ROAD: Pepperdine has compiled a 63-58-13 (.519) record in matches played on the road. In 2005, the Waves went 7-2-2 on the road, including an undefeated 4-0-0 record in neutral territory, a program best. The 2005 season surpassed the team's best road record in 2002 when it went 6-2-2, including a 1-0-0 mark in neutral contests. Currently, the Waves are 0-1-0 on the road.
PEPPERDINE BEST D1-AAA SCHOOL, AGAIN: For the second time in as many years, Pepperdine claimed the NACDCA All-Sports Trophy for being the top-rated NCAA Division I institution not competing in football. Part of the prestigious Sports Academy Directors' Cup program for all NCAA Division I schools, Pepperdine competed in 15 sports. Pepperdine took home its ninth national title overall and first in the sport of men's tennis. Additionally, baseball ended the season ranked 21st, men's golf finished 22nd at the NCAA championships, men's volleyball posted a No. 7 ranking, men's water polo was No. 6, women's basketball advanced to the NCAA tournament, women's soccer and volleyball advanced to the third round of the NCAA championships, while women's tennis ended the year at No. 14.
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