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No. 5 Pepperdine Faces Colorado College And Wake Forest In Colorado Springs This Weekend


Sept. 22, 2003

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The Pepperdine women's soccer team will put its six-match road streak on the line this week when it travels to Colorado Springs, Colorado, for a pair of matches against host Colorado College and Wake Forest.

The Waves are scheduled to battle Colorado College on Friday, September 26, beginning at 3 p.m. at Stewart Field. Pepperdine will then face Wake Forest on Sunday, September 28, beginning at noon.

Pepperdine is currently 7-1-0 on the season after a pair of home victories at Tari Frahm Rokus Field over the weekend. The Waves, behind two goals from senior forward Lacey Ubaldi, defeated Xavier, 4-1, on Friday before posting a 2-0 victory over Oregon State on Sunday.

Pepperdine begins play this week ranked No. 5 by Soccer America, No. 6 by Soccer Buzz and No. 8 by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). Additionally, the Waves are ranked a program-best No. 2 in the West Region by Soccer Buzz and No. 3 by the NSCAA.

Colorado College enters play this week with a 3-3-1 after going 0-2 at the SMU Mi Cocina Soccer Cup championship in Dallas, Texas, over the weekend. The fell to host SMU by a 2-1 count on Friday and were blanked 2-0 by No. 4 Texas A&M on Sunday.

Wake Forest begins play this week with a 5-1-1 overall record and is coming off a 3-1 victory over UNC Greensboro on Friday. The Demon Deacons currently are in the midst of a five-match winning heading into Friday's match against California.

With a pair of victories this weekend, Pepperdine will tie the school record for most consecutive victories, equaling the mark of eight accomplished during the 2000 and 2002 seasons.

BLANKING THE OPPONENT: Defense has been a key to Pepperdine opening the season with a 7-1-0 record. Through eight matches this season, the Waves have outscored their opponents, 22-3, and recorded six shutouts. Pepperdine has held five of its last six opponents scoreless and has a 0.37 goals-against average. Keying the strong defensive effort has been the play of defenders Mary Stuart, Ashley Swanson, Diana Sanguinetti, Daniella Bosio and Maytal Shvartz.

BEATING THE BEST: Over the course of the last three seasons, Pepperdine has displayed a remarkable ability to beat the top teams in the country. The Waves first showed that they belonged among the nation's elite when they knocked off the then No. 2 and eventual national champion Santa Clara on October 28, 2001. That win aided in Pepperdine receiving its first-ever NCAA Tournament berth. The Waves came back in 2002 and defeated eventual national champion Portland and national runner-up Santa Clara in the span of week to help clinch the program's first-ever West Coast Conference (WCC) title. The Waves' victory over Stanford three weeks ago marked the fourth victory over a nationally ranked Top 5 opponent in the last two-plus seasons.

XAVIER RECAP: Paced by two goals from senior forward Lacey Ubaldi and a dominating defense, the No. 6 Pepperdine women's soccer team continued its impressive play with a 4-1 victory over Xavier Friday afternoon at Tari Frahm Rokus Field. Pepperdine was dominant throughout the contest as it out-shot the Musketeers 17-2 in the match as Xavier did not attempt a shot during the pace of play until :30 remaining in the match. The Musketeers' goal came on a free kick at the 36:09 mark. The Waves took a 1-0 lead at the 8:30 mark when junior defender Diana Sanguinetti served a ball deep to sophomore forward Megan Woods, who passed the ball to Jenna Fodor for the score. Ubaldi scored Pepperdine's next goals, scoring at the 16:57 and 23:56 marks to give Pepperdine a 3-0 lead. Fodor and senior midfielder assisted on Ubaldi's first goal and junior defender Ashley Swanson crossed a ball to the far post that Ubaldi finished. The five points by Ubaldi moved her into sole possession of third place on the school's all-time career points and goals list with 67 and 24, respectively. Hillseth accounted for Pepperdine's final goal when she scored at the 26:57 mark, following an assist from Ubaldi.

OREGON STATE RECAP: Behind goals from sophomore forward Megan Woods and senior forward Lacey Ubaldi, the No. 6-ranked Pepperdine women's soccer team continued its winning ways, defeating visiting Oregon State, 2-0, Sunday afternoon at Tari Frahm Rokus Field. Pepperdine notched its sixth shutout in eight matches this season. The Waves out-shot the Beavers, 21-8, in the contest and limited Oregon State to just one shot-on-goal. Sophomore goalkeeper Anna Picarelli increased her shutout total to 5.5 for the year and tied Cheri Phillips for second place on the school's career shutout list with 10. Woods gave Pepperdine a 1-0 lead at the 20:23 mark when she scored off a rebound of blocked shot by Oregon State goalkeeper Melissa Onstad. Ubaldi was credited with an assist on the play after he shot rebounded off Onstad to Woods. The score remained 1-0 until the 71:08 mark when Ubaldi scored on a penalty kick after being taken down from behind by an Oregon State defender inside the box. The goal marked the fourth straight match in which Ubaldi has scored and gave her a team-leading seven for the season. Ubaldi's three points gave her 17 for the season, 70 for her career and tied her with Kate Desmond for second place on the school's all-time points list. She currently ranks third on Pepperdine's all-time goals' list with 25 and is No. 2 on the Waves' all-time assists list with 20.

ABOUT COLORADO COLLEGE: Colorado College enters play this week with a 3-3-1 after going 0-2 at the SMU Mi Cocina Soccer Cup championship in Dallas, Texas, over the weekend. The fell to host SMU by a 2-1 count on Friday and were blanked 2-0 by No. 4 Texas A&M on Sunday. Head coach Erik Oman is in his first season at Colorado College after spending the previous two seasons as an assistant. The Tigers are led by sophomore forward Stephanie Kernan, who has totaled nine points, scoring three goals and being credited with three assists.

SERIES VERSUS COLORADO COLLEGE: Friday's contest between Colorado College and Pepperdine will mark the fourth meeting between the two schools, with the Tigers leading the all-time series, 2-0-1. The two teams last met during the 2001 campaign and they played to a 0-0 tie in Malibu.

ABOUT WAKE FOREST: Wake Forest begins play this week with a 5-1-1 overall record and is coming off a 3-1 victory over UNC Greensboro on Friday. The Demon Deacons currently are in the midst of a five-match winning heading into Friday's match against California. Head coach Tony da Luz is in his seventh season at Pepperdine and has compiled an overall record to date of 78-47-10 (.615). Freshmen forwards Taylor Toombs and Elizabeth Remy along with sophomore midfielder Sarah Kozey lead Wake Forest with nine points apiece. Toombs and Remy each have a team-high four goals, while Kozey tops the club with five assists.

SERIES VERSUS WAKE FOREST: Sunday's match between Pepperdine and Wake Forest will mark the first-ever meeting between the two programs.

.2003 RECRUITING CLASS RANKED NO. 8 IN WEST REGION BY SOCCER BUZZ: Pepperdine's 2003 freshman class was ranked as the eighth-best in the West Region according to Soccer Buzz. It was also rated No. 30 in the country by Soccer Buzz. The incoming class consists of defender Morgan Applegate (San Antonio, TX / Alamo Heights HS), midfielder Allison Bernstein (Oak Park, CA / Oak Park HS), defenders Jennifer Brewer (La Mirada, CA / La Mirada HS), Ashlee Doi (Mililani, HI / Mililani HS), Caitlin Mitchell (San Carlos, CA / Notre Dame HS), Courtney Nelson (Alamo, CA / Monte Vista HS), forward Lindsey Redlin (Reseda, CA / Chatsworth HS) and goalkeeper Loretta Younkin (Woodland Hills, CA / Chaminade HS).

WAVES POST IMPRESSIVE NON-CONFERENCE MARK: Over the last four-plus seasons, Pepperdine has registered a 46-5-7 (.853) 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 25-1-2 (.928) 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 earlier this season.

CLIMBING THE CHARTS: Senior forward Lacey Ubaldi and junior midfielder Ali Pavoni are rapidly climbing Pepperdine's all-time career lists in points, goals and assists. The following is a listing of where current Waves rank on the points, goals and assists lists:

POINTS GOALS ASSISTS 3. Kristi Bissonnette 65 3. Lacey Ubaldi 25 1. Kristi Bissonnette 23 T2. Lacey Ubaldi 70 6. Ali Pavoni 18 2. Lacey Ubaldi 20 T6. Tasha Spangler 47 T6. Ali Pavoni 47

PEPPERDINE SCHEDULE INCLUDES FOUR TOP 10 RANKED OPPONENTS: The Pepperdine women's soccer program, which has become a nationally-ranked entity the last two seasons, faces a challenging schedule in 2003 as it plays four 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 non-conference contests against Pacific-10 Conference rivals Stanford and UCLA. Santa Clara begins the season ranked No. 1 in the polls, while defending national champion Portland, Stanford and UCLA all earned Top 5 rankings in various polls. Also on Pepperdine's schedule is a non-conference neutral field contest against Auburn, which is preseason ranked as high as No. 17.

THE PROGRAM: In its 11th season of intercollegiate competition, the Pepperdine women's soccer program has compiled an overall record to date of 116-69-17 (.616). 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. 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, in the midst of his sixth season as head coach of the Pepperdine women's soccer program, has compiled an overall record of 68-29-11 (.680) and is the winningest coach in school history. 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 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 11th season of intercollegiate play, Pepperdine is 71-23-7 (.738) 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 is currently 3-1-0 in 2003.

WAVES ON THE ROAD: In the midst of its 11th season of intercollegiate competition, Pepperdine has compiled a 46-46-9 (.500) 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 are currently 4-0-0 on the road in 2003.

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 2003-2004 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:

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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