Waves End One Season and Start Another
Week 8 Â October 6 - 12, 2008
Wednesday, October 8 at 7 p.m. PT
Pepperdine (4-6-2, 0-0 WCC) vs.
Saturday, October 11 at 1 p.m. PT
Pepperdine (4-6-2, 0-0 WCC) vs. Loyola Marymount (5-4-3, 0-0 WCC)
WAVES VS. CAL STATE BAKERSFIELD: Despite the relatively close proximity between schools (130 miles) the Pepperdine Waves and Cal State Bakersfield women’s soccer never have never faced off during the regular season prior to Wednesday ... The Roadrunners are part of an NCAA Division I affiliated athletics department but have no conference ties ... Pepperdine’s match with CSB is its last of the non-conference season.
BREAST CANCER AWARENESS NIGHT AT CSB: All bleacher seats are $2 for fans who wear an article of pink clothing to Wednesday night's Pepperdine match at Cal State Bakersfield ... The Roadrunners will be wearing pink jerseys and the field lined in pink chalk ... During the game, a live silent auction will take place under the tent near the main entrance where fans can bid on their favorite players’ pink jerseys ... After the game, the players whose jerseys were purchased will autograph them and hand them to the winning bidder ... Bids will begin at $20 and will increase in increments of $5 ... There will be a “buy now” price option available on all jerseys set at $100 ... No credit cards will be accepted, cash and checks only please ... Proceeds from the jersey auction will go to support breast cancer awareness.
WAVES VS. LOYOLA MARYMOUNT: Pepperdine is 9-4-3 all-time vs. Loyola Marymount, but have not beat the Lions since 2005 or on the road since 1996 ... Six matches in this series have gone to overtime, including three of the last four ... Additionally, nine contests have been decided by one goal ... Since joining the WCC in 1994, Pepperdine is 2-9-3 in conference lid-lifters, which includes a 2-2-2 record against LMU ... Pepperdine has opened conference season vs. Loyola Marymount the last seven seasons.
WAVES WITHIN THE WEST COAST CONFERENCE: Pepperdine is projected to finish fifth in the WCC in 2008 according to the preseason poll voted on by the conference’s coaches ... Portland led the way with 49 points and seven first-place votes and were followed by Santa Clara with 42 points and one first-place vote ... The Waves, who are seeking their sixth NCAA Tournament bid in the last eight seasons, return eight starters and 14 letterwinners overall.
ANOTHER NAIL BITER WITH THE BRUINS: Pepperdine allowed one goal to #4 UCLA in the fifth minute and that’s all the Bruins would need to escape Drake Stadium with a 1-0 victory ... The Waves hit as many shots as the Bruins, but one of those attempts ricocheted off the crossbar an another collided with the upper 90 before being kicked away by UCLA goalkeeper Ashley Thompson ... Pepperdine netminder Kayla Stolte had a fine game in goal, finishing with a season-high eight saves ... Defender Kelsey Baker also made a clutch team save early in first half, keeping the Waves within striking distance ... Seven games in the UCLA and Pepperdine series have been decided by one goal.
200 SAVES FOR STOLTE: Kayla Stolte’s eight-save night against the Bruins Friday gave her 201 for her career ... Stolte currently ranks third all-time for goalkeeper saves on Pepperdine’s career record list behind Anna Picarelli (319) and Sumon Nicole (239) ... Earlier this season, Stolte passed Dianna Prince (187) and Lindsey Brouillette (170) for third and fourth on the career records list.
WAVES AMONG WCC LEADERS: Amanda Rupp and Emily Wynne are tied for fourth with 35 shots each ... Rupp is second to Portland’s Danielle Foxhoven with 18 points, in a tie for second with San Diego’s Jen Mello with seven goals, and in a four-person tie for third with four assists ... Wynne is tied with six others with three assists ... Laura Cole is in a three-way tie for ninth with eight points ... Kayla Stolte ranks sixth in the conference with 34 saves and fifth with a 1.13 goals-against average.
A MAGNIFICIENT SEVEN: Senior Amanda Rupp posted one of the very best individual performances in the history of Pepperdine soccer with her seven-point outing vs. Idaho State on Sept. 26 ... Rupp’s single-game effort matched that of former Wave Katie Desmond, who totaled seven points against the The Master’s on Oct. 12, 1998 ... Rupp scored two goals and provided three assists against the Bengals, increasing her team-best point total to 18 ... Rupp also led the Waves in scoring in 2007 with 15 points ... Rupp’s two-goal game was the first of her career, and her three assists tied a Pepperdine record held by four players ... Prior to Rupp, Emily Wynne had been the last Wave to serve up three assists in match, accomplishing this feat against Gonzaga on Nov. 3, 2006.
WAVES AT TARI FRAHM ROKUS FIELD (4-3-1): The Waves are 101-34-17 (.720) 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 on Sept. 14 with a 1-0 win over Washington State.
WAVES ON THE ROAD (0-3-1): Pepperdine is still in search of its first road victory of the season, although it came close to surprising UCLA in a 1-0 defeat, and was edged at UC Irvine, 2-1 ... The Waves didn’t have a match away from Tari Frahm Rokus Field until Sept. 19 when they lost 3-1 at Wisconsin ... Luckily, Pepperdine was somewhat able to salvage its Midwest road trip by playing Marquette to a 0-0 tie following a loss to Wisconsin ... The Waves last road victory was Oct. 11 at UC Santa Barbara, winning 2-1.
WAVES CRASH AWARDS’ STAGE: Amanda Rupp and Lacey Heck received a slew of national awards the week of Sept. 15 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.
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.
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.
THE HEAD COACH: The Waves are 119-65-29 (.610) 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.
PEPPERDINE HISTORY: The Waves have made five NCAA Tournament appearances in their 15-year history, with all of them coming in the last seven years ... Pepperdine advanced to the Sweet 16 in both 2002 and 2005 ... The Waves also captured a share of the 2002 WCC title.
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 Â 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.