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No. 12 Pepperdine Begins Two-Match Road Trip At Washington State On Friday


 
 

Sept. 14, 2004

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THIS WEEK: After beginning the season with a school-record six straight shutouts, the nationally-ranked Pepperdine women's soccer team will look to remain unbeaten in 2004 when it travels to Pullman, Washington, to visit Washington State at Lower Soccer Field beginning at 3 p.m. on Friday.

The Waves conclude their weekend trip on Sunday when they travel to Moscow, Idaho, to play Idaho at Guy Wicks Field beginning at 1 p.m.

A LOOK AT THE WAVES: Pepperdine remained unbeaten and unscored upon last weekend after posting a pair of home victories over Iowa State and Charlotte. The Waves registered a 3-0 win over the Cyclones on Friday as Megan Woods, Jennifer Brewer and Ashley Swanson each scored goals. On Sunday, Pepperdine survived a scare and remained unbeaten when sophomore forward Lindsey Redlin scored a second-half goal to help the Waves register a 1-0 victory over the 49ers.

Pepperdine's two victories extended their shutout string to six matches, eclipsing the previous mark of four set in 2003. Through six matches in 2004, the Waves have outscored their opponents, 9-0.

ABOUT WASHINGTON STATE: Washington State enters Friday's contest against Pepperdine with a 3-1-1 record. The Cougars are coming off a pair of victories at the Loyola Marymount Holiday Inn LAX Tournament over the weekend as they defeated New Mexico 2-0 and topped Norhthern Colorado, 3-2. Freshman forward Brooke Bemis scored a pair of goals in Washington State's victory over Northern Colorado. Head coach Matt Potter is in his second year guiding the Cougars and has compiled an overall record to date of 9-12-3 (.437).

SERIES VERSUS WASHINGTON STATE: Friday's match between Pepperdine and Washington State will mark the second meeting between the two programs, with the Waves holding a 1-0 edge. The two teams met in 2002 at Tari Frahm Rokus Field and Pepperdine defeated the Cougars, 2-0.

ABOUT IDAHO: Idaho begins play this week with a 1-3-0 overall mark and has been idle since suffering a 4-2 loss at Colorado College on September 5. The Vandels' lone victory thus far this season was a 2-0 victory at Air Force on September 3. Prior to playing the Waves on Sunday, Idaho plays at Eastern Washington on Wednesday and hosts Idaho State on Friday. Head coach Arby Busey is in the midst of his third season at Idaho and has compiled an overall record to date of 6-29-7 (.226). Senior midfielder Ashley Cox is the Vandels leading scorer with six points

SERIES VERSUS IDAHO: Sunday's contest between Pepperdine and Idaho will mark the first-ever meeting between the two programs.

NATIONAL RANKINGS: Pepperdine remains ranked in the national Top 25 as they are ranked No. 12 by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), No. 16 by Soccer America, No. 17 by Soccer Times and No. 19 by Soccer Buzz.

IOWA STATE RECAP: Pepperdine registered a 3-0 victory over visiting Iowa State on Friday. Junior forward Megan Woods, sophomore forward Jennifer Brewer and senior defender Ashley Swanson each scored goals. Woods opened the scoring after receiving a service ball from senior midfielder Jenna Ainswroth and beating an Iowa State defender for the goal at the 8:24 mark. That would prove to be the only goal Pepperdine would need as the Waves once again played solid defense. The Cyclones were unable to generate a shot against them and never tested junior goalkeeper Anna Picarelli. Pepperdine outshot Iowa State 15-0. Swanson, who has been an All-American and All-West Coast Conference (WCC) selection during her Pepperdine career, recorded her first collegiate goal in the 63rd minute following a free kick. Swanson launched a free ball from 35 outs over Iowa State goalkeeper Lauren Boyer for the Waves' final score of the contest.

CHARLOTTE RECAP: Sophomore forward Lindsey Redlin broke a scoreless tie with a goal in the 64th minute of play to lift Pepperdine to a 1-0 victory over Charlotte Sunday afternoon at Tari Frahm Rokus Field. Despite holding an 8-0 advantage in shots taken in the first half, Pepperdine was unable breakthrough against Charlotte goalkeeper Shannon Huffman. The Waves were finally able to get on the scoreboard when sophomore forward Jennifer Brewer dribbled down the right side, crossed a ball to senior forward Ali Pavoni in front of the goal, who then passed to Redlin who took a shot from the left side and shot the ball inside the near post. Pepperdine held a 19-3 advantage in shots, including a 10-3 edge in shots-on-goal.

TOUGH TO SCORE ON: Since the start of the 2003 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 six 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.

PEPPERDINE SETS CONSECUTIVE MATCH SCORELESS MARK: With shutouts in its first six contests, Pepperdine broke the school record for most consecutive shutouts. The previous record was four set in 2003.

WAVES POST IMPRESSIVE NON-CONFERENCE MARK: Over the last four-plus seasons, Pepperdine has registered a 54-7-8 (.840) 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 32-2-3 (.905) 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 in 2003. 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: Six matches into her junior year, Anna Picarelli is already Pepperdine's all-time career leader in shutouts with 21. 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 128-74-19 (.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' 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 80-34-13 (.634) 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 76-25-8 (.734) 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 3-0 this season.

WAVES ON THE ROAD: In 11-plus seasons of intercollegiate competition, Pepperdine has compiled a 53-49-10 (.518) 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 are currently 2-0-1 on the road, including a 1-0-0 mark in neutral contests this season.

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: http://www.PepperdineSports.com

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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