Women's Soccer Heads to Hawaii for Tournament
Sept. 15, 2010
MALIBU, Calif. -- The Pepperdine women's soccer team heads to Hawaii for the first time since 2005 to take part in the Outrigger Hotels and Resorts Soccer Classic, where the Waves will face Washington State and Hawaii. Pepperdine is unbeaten in its last three matches, but is still looking for two consecutive wins.
MATCH #8 -- Saturday (Sept. 18) at the Waipi`o Peninsula Soccer Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii: Pepperdine (4-2-1) vs. Washington State (2-6-0) at 7 p.m. HT/10 p.m. PT.
MATCH #9 -- Sunday (Sept. 19) at the Waipi`o Peninsula Soccer Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii: Pepperdine at Hawaii (2-5-0) at 5 p.m. HT/8 p.m. PT.
ON THE WEB -- Live internet statistics via Gametracker will be available for all home matches at www.pepperdinesports.com. A link to the opponents' live stats program will be provided for road games.
WASHINGTON STATE -- Pepperdine is 2-1 all-time against Washington State. This will be the first neutral-site meeting. The Waves won both encounters in Malibu (2-0 in 2002 and 1-0 in 2008) and the Cougars were victorious in Pullman (1-0 in 2004).
HAWAII -- Pepperdine is 5-0-1 all-time against Hawaii. This will be the Waves' third trip to the islands, as they previously posted wins there in 1997 (3-1) and 2005 (2-0). The Rainbow Wahine visited Malibu last season and Pepperdine earned a 2-0 victory. Hawaii has already faced two WCC schools, beating San Francisco (3-2) and losing to Saint Mary's (3-0).
LAST WEEKEND -- The Waves extended their unbeaten streak to three matches with a 1-1 tie against UC Irvine and a 2-1 victory over Dartmouth, both at home. Despite being outshot by the Anteaters 16-5, the Waves made their only shot on goal count as Laura Cole knocked in a free kick in the 71st minute. But UCI equalized in the 85th minute and the game ended in a tie. Myriah Stockman scored her first collegiate goal on a free kick less than a minute into the game against Dartmouth to give Pepperdine a great start, though it went into halftime tied 1-1. Cole scored the game-winner on a penalty kick in the 64th minute. The Waves had an advantage of 11-6 in shots.
WCC STATS -- Among conference teams, Pepperdine is tied for second in goals per game (2.00), fifth in shots per game (12.29) and sixth in goals-against average (0.97) ... Laura Cole is second in goals (0.71), second in game-winning goals (three) and tied for second in points (1.43) ... Anisa Guajardo is tied for second in points per game (1.43), tied for second in shots per game (3.00) and tied for fourth in goals per game (0.57) ... Roxanne Barker is third in saves per game (4.43) and sixth in goals-against average (0.87) ... Michelle Spacciapolli is tied for fifth in shots (2.86) ... Gunny Jonsdottir is tied for 10th in assists (0.33).
COLE -- Pepperdine is unbeaten when junior forward Laura Cole (Whittier, Calif./La Habra HS) scores a goal this season. They're 4-0-1 when she's scored, 0-2 when she hasn't. Cole notched six goals as a 2008 freshman (earned All-WCC honorable mention and WCC All-Freshman honors), but was kept off the scoresheet entirely in 2009. She has bounced back in excellent form with a team-high five goals thus far in 2010.
GUAJARDO -- Sophomore forward Anisa Guajardo (Clovis, Calif./Buchanan HS) scored four goals in the season's first five games, quickly surpassing her freshman total of two tallies. She's the first Pepperdine player to record at least four goals and 10 points after five games since Emily Wynne in 2006.
2010 NOTES -- Pepperdine won on opening day (8/20 vs. Fresno State) for the second year in a row and the sixth time in the last eight years ... Pepperdine's four-goal output vs. Arizona (8/29) was the first time the Waves scored more than two goals since the end of the 2008 season ... Pepperdine had four different goal-scorers vs. Arizona (and again against Detroit), the first time that had happened since midway through the 2008 season ... Pepperdine has scored first in six of seven games ... Pepperdine is 4-0 when scoring a goal in the first half.
2010 HONORS -- Anisa Guajardo was named the Player of the Week by L.A. Soccer News on Sept. 7 (which includes all area college and pro teams, men and women) ... Gunny Jonsdottir, Michelle Manning and Michelle Spacciapolli made the all-tournament team at the USD Tournament ... Spacciapolli, an All-WCC second team selection in 2009, was named to the preseason All-WCC squad ... Jonsdottir is ranked #56 on Top Drawer Soccer's list of the country's top freshmen.
BIO HIGHLIGHTS -- Gunny Jonsdottir is a member of the Iceland National Team ... Four Waves played in the U-23 club national championship match this summer: Rebecca Klamser and Kelsea Smith for the winning Camarillo Eagles team and Anisa Guajardo and Myriah Stockman on the second-place Arizona Rush side ... Katie Gallanes also won a club national championship this summer with the U-17 So Cal Blues.
2010 ROSTER -- The Waves bring back 14 of 24 letterwinners (including eight of 11 starters) as well as two redshirts, while eight newcomers complete the roster. Returning players account for 11 of the 18 goals (61%) and seven of the 11 assists (64%). The roster consists of just two seniors (Haleigh Guertin, now in her fourth year as a starting defender; and Michaela Carrera, a sixth-year senior), six juniors, eight sophomores, one redshirt freshman and seven true freshmen.
WARD -- Part of the program from nearly the beginning, Tim Ward is in his 13th season as the Waves' head coach. He entered the 2010 season with a 135-75-30 (.583) record with eight seasons of double-digit victories. His teams have posted nine winning seasons and five NCAA Tournament berths, including the Sweet 16 in 2002 and 2005. Ward has been with the women's soccer program for 17 of its 18 seasons, as he was an assistant coach from 1994-97 before being elevated to head coach.
SCHEDULE -- Twelve of Pepperdine's 20 matches come against teams that posted a .500 record or better in 2009, and six advanced to the NCAA Tournament. The Waves will face nearly half the Pac-10 (Arizona, Arizona State, UCLA and Washington State) and will play in tournaments hosted by San Diego and Hawaii. Pepperdine will play a total of nine home games.
WCC PRESEASON POLL -- The Waves were picked to finish fourth in the conference in a preseason vote of the league's coaches. The predicted order went as follows: Portland, Santa Clara, San Diego, Pepperdine, Loyola Marymount, Saint Mary's, Gonzaga and San Francisco.
2009 IN REVIEW -- The Waves went 11-7-1 last season, good for their 11th double-digit win season and first since 2006. Pepperdine narrowly missed out on an NCAA Tournament berth after finishing 3-3-1 in the WCC, good for a tie for fourth place. Kelly Reilly and Michelle Spacciapolli made the NSCAA All-West Region second team, while Sophia Medina was on the third team. All-WCC honors saw Medina on the first team, Roxanne Barker, Reilly and Spacciapolli on the second team and Cammie Burke and Kelsea Smith on honorable mention.
GOALS -- It's the same for every team, but a particular area of emphasis for the Waves is putting the ball in the back of the net in 2010. Despite last year's successful record with 11 wins, the Waves managed just 18 goals in 19 games, were shut out six times and never scored more than twice in any one contest. Michelle Spacciapolli and Callie Payetta are the top returning goal-scorers with four apiece in 2009, while Anisa Guajardo netted two in limited action and Michelle Manning had one.
WOMEN'S SOCCER HISTORY -- One of Pepperdine's youngest programs (it was established in 1993), the women's soccer team has also been one of its most successful over the last decade with five NCAA Tournament appearances, including Sweet Sixteen berths in 2002 and 2005. The Waves have posted winning seasons in 12 of their 17 seasons, including 11 years with double-digit victories.
ABOUT PEPPERDINE -- Pepperdine boasts a one-of-a-kind athletic department with unprecedented success for a school of its size. The Waves have won a total of nine NCAA championships in five different men's sports -- one of just 14 schools to have accomplished this feat. Of the 14, Pepperdine is the only non-BCS school and has by far the smallest enrollment. The majority of Pepperdine's teams are ranked nationally year after year and compete for conference and national titles.