Waves Host Malibu Tiny Tots for Friday's Game
Week 6 Â September 22 - 28, 2008
Friday, September 26 at 3 p.m. PT
Pepperdine (3-4-2, 0-0 WCC) vs.
Sunday, September 28 at 5 p.m. PT
Pepperdine (3-4-2, 0-0 WCC) at UC Irvine (4-5, 0-0 Big West)
WAVES VS. IDAHO STATE & THE BIG SKY: Friday’s match between Pepperdine and Idaho State marks the first meeting between schools ... The Waves are 5-0-1 all-time vs. the Big Sky Conference, which includes a 2-0 mark vs. Northern Arizona and a 3-0-1 record against Sacramento State ... Pepperdine last played NAU in 2000 and the Hornets in 1996 and 2007.
WAVES VS. UC IRVINE & THE BIG WEST: Pepperdine leads its all-time series with UC Irvine, 7-3-1 and have won the last five meetings ... The two schools had faced each other annually since 1993, but the Anteaters haven’t been on the Waves’ schedule since 2003 ... Pepperdine is 40-14-4 (.724) all-time vs. the Big West Conference, but lost to both Cal State Fullerton (0-1) and UC Santa Barbara (2-3) earlier this season.
FOR YOUR HALFTIME ENTERTAINMENT: Friday is City of Malibu Tiny Tots Family Day at Tari Frahm Rokus Field ... Kids involved with the City of Malibu Tiny Tots program (ages 2-5) will be playing a game against each other at halftime ... The Pepperdine women’s soccer team played with the kids earlier in the week on Monday during their practice at Bluffs Park ... A photo gallery of the Waves and their little fans is available off the women’s soccer page at pepperdinesports.com.
WAVES AMONG WCC LEADERS: Emily Wynne is tied for first in shots (28) with Portland’s Danielle Foxhoven and Saint Mary’s Alex Ciliento, and is in a four-way tie for fourth with three assists ... Amanda Rupp is ranked fourth with 11 points and tied for second in goals (5) with Portland’s Michelle Enyeart ... Kayla Stolte’s 21 saves rank her sixth in the WCC and her two shutouts are tied for fourth with five other goalkeepers, including teammate Lacey Heck.
SIX PACK OF ROAD GAMES: Pepperdine embarks on a crucial six-match monthlong roadtrip, starting with Sunday’s 5 p.m. contest at UC Irvine ... This roadtrip is the Waves longest since September 14 - Oct. 8, 1999 when they played seven straight matches away from Tari Frahm Rokus Field ... Pepperdine posted a 4-3 record on this trip, beating Creighton, Eastern Illinois, San Francisco and Northern Arizona along the way.
ROAD GAMES WITHIN DRIVING DISTANCE: Don’t let the fact that the Waves are away from home deter you from cheering them on at UC Irvine (Sept. 26), #2 UCLA (Oct. 3) and Loyola Marymount (Oct. 11) ... According to mapquest.com, the estimated mileage from
RUPP’S ARENA: Senior Amanda Rupp has scored five goals over the last seven matches and leads the Waves with 11 points ... Rupp recently tied her season record for goals by notching her fifth last Friday in the 76th minute vs. Wisconsin ... Rupp needs just one more goal to crack into the Pepperdine top 10 for career goals ... The senior’s consecutive point streak ended at six matches after Pepperdine played to a scoreless tie Sunday at Marquette.
WAVES CRASH AWARDS’ STAGE: Amanda Rupp and Lacey Heck received a slew of national awards this week as result of their efforts in victories against Tennessee (9/12) and Washington State (9/14) ... Rupp was one of five forwards nationally to be named to the Soccer Buzz Magazine Elite Team of the Week, and was one of three tabbed to the Soccer America Team of the Week ... Heck, a goalkeeper, was named Player of the Week by both TopDrawerSoccer.com and the West Coast Conference.
WAVES AT TARI FRAHM ROKUS FIELD (3-3-1): The Waves are 100-34-17 (.718) in 15 seasons of playing at Tari Frahm Rokus Field, including a 4-3-4 mark in 2007 ... Pepperdine, which has yet to post a losing record at Rokus Field in any season, has recorded two unbeaten and four one-loss campaigns on its home pitch since the program’s inception in 1993 ... The Waves collected their 100th home victory last week Sunday in a 1-0 win over Washington State.
WAVES ON THE ROAD (0-1-1): The Waves left Wisconsin with their chins up following a 0-0 double overtime tie with frequent NCAA Tournament qualifier Marquette ... The Waves were outshot in that contest, but wouldn’t let the Golden Eagles put any of their 14 shots on goal except one ... The tie followed a tough 3-1 loss at Madison to the Badgers Friday night... Amanda Rupp scored the Waves’ lone goal, extending her consecutive point streak to a sixth match ... Pepperdine’s road trip was its first of the season after playing its first seven games at Tari Frahm Rokus Field.
THE HEAD COACH: The Waves are 118-63-29 (.635) under the direction of Tim Ward, who has served as Pepperdine’s skipper since 1998 ... Under Ward, the Waves have made the NCAA Tournament in five of the last seven years ... Ward has been with Pepperdine from nearly the beginning, as the program was established in 1993 and he became an assistant coach in 1994 before being elevated to the head position in 1998.
THE WAVES’ TRI-CAPTAINS: For 2008, the team captains are junior goalkeeper Kayla Stolte, senior midfielder Ashley Copp and junior forward Courtney Price ... The tri-captains were voted to their current position by their teammates just weeks before the start of the 2008 spring season ... Their leadership helped the Waves rebound from a disappointing 5-8-6 record in 2007, by guiding the club to an 8-1 mark against its exhibition opponents.
PRIZED RECRUITS: Pepperdine’s recruiting class was ranked 34th in the nation (out of 320 programs) and ninth in the West Region (out of 49 teams) by Soccer Buzz Magazine ... Head coach Tim Ward’s 2008 recruiting class includes Soccer Buzz Top 100 recruit and defender Kelsea Smith as well as Top 200 recruits forward Laura Cole and defender/midfielder Myriah Stockman ... As a conference, the WCC ranked fourth (out of 31) in the Soccer Buzz conference team rankings behind only the ACC, Big Ten and Pac-10.
TICKETS FOR NEXT HOME GAME: Single-match tickets to all home women’s soccer games are $8 for adults, $5 for students and seniors and free to all Pepperdine students and faculty with an university ID ... Pepperdine’s next home match is Friday, Oct. 24 at 3 p.m. vs. San Diego.