No. 17 Pepperdine Hosts No. 18 Santa Clara in Key WCC Battle
Oct. 10, 2012
MALIBU, Calif. — After opening defense of its West Coast Conference Championship with a convincing 2-1 decision at San Francisco, No. 17 Pepperdine returns home to host No. 18 Santa Clara Sunday, October 14 at Tari Frahm Rokus Field. Winners of their last four matches, the Waves play at home for the first time since a 2-0 shutout against UC Santa Barbara Sept. 21.
MATCH #14 — Sunday (Oct. 14) at Tari Frahm Rokus Field: No. 17 Pepperdine (10-3-0, 1-0-0 WCC) vs. No. 18 Santa Clara (7-2-4. 0-0-1 WCC) at 1:00 p.m.
TICKETS — Single-game prices are $8 for adults, $5 for students/seniors/children and free to all Pepperdine students, faculty and staff (and their dependents) with a valid Pepperdine ID.
FOLLOW ONLINE — For the first time, PepperdineSports.com is offering a free internet webcast of all home soccer games. Nick Law will have the call. Links to GameTracker/live statistics will also be available. Fans can also follow @PeppSoccer on Twitter for updates.
RANKINGS — Pepperdine is ranked No. 17 by the NSCAA.
SCOUTING SANTA CLARA — Santa Clara leads the all-time series 12-6-0 dating to 1993. The Waves and Broncos have split the last four meetings with each team winning on their home field. Pepperdine has won its last three home matches against SCU and owns a 6-3-0 record in Malibu.
LAST WEEK — Pepperdine traveled to San Francisco and kicked off defense of its West Coast Conference Championship with a 2-1 victory at USF. The Waves scored twice in the first half behind goals from Mandy Davis (Danville, Calif/San Ramon Valley HS) and Anisa Guajardo (Clovis, Calif./Buchanan HS). It was the second goal of the year for Davis and the sixth for Guajardo. Michelle Pao (Cupertino, Calif./Monte Vista HS) assisted on both and moved into a share of the team and WCC lead in assists with eight.
PAO HONORED — Junior forward Michelle Pao, a 2012 MAC Hermann Award Watch List selection earned CollegeSportsMadness.com Player of the Week honors for the WCC after recording assists on both goals in Pepperdine’s 2-1 league opener at USF.
LECAVE MAKES MORE NOISE — Amanda LeCave scored her 10th goal of the season in double-overtime at Dartmouth, to give Pepperdine a 1-0 victory. LeCave reached 10 goals in just 12 matches this season, joining some elite company. The Pepperdine record for fastest to double-digits strikes is held by Kristi Bissonnette (1999-02), who registered 10 in 11 matches. LeCave equaled 2012 Pepperdine Hall of Fame inductee Jennifer Evans (1993-96), who twice scored 10 goals in 12 matches (1993 & 1995).
GAME RECORDS — Amanda LeCave rewrote the Pepperdine single-game scoring record book with a four-goal game in a 5-0 win over Indiana on Sept. 2. She became the first Wave to score four goals in a game and her subsequent eight points also set a single-game record. Her hat trick in 26 minutes was the fastest any Wave has ever gotten to three goals in a game (and the first to do in the first half). The last time a Wave scored three goals in a game was 2003, when current assistant coach Jennifer Brewer accomplished the feat. Anisa Guajardo also got into the record books with three assists in the game, tying the school record.
ANOTHER LECAVE NOTE — So far this season, Amanda LeCave has 10 goals on 24 shots (.455) and 11 of her 22 attempts have been shots on goal. For her career, LeCave has 12 scoring strikes on 32 shots (.375).
CAREER RECORDS — Anisa Guajardo now has 23 goals for her career, good a share of fifth place in Pepperdine history with former standout Ali Pavoni (2001-04). With 60 career points, she’s in ninth place ... Roxanne Barker is the all-time leader in career goals-against average (0.79) and ranks second in victories (43), shutouts (29) and saves (274). Barker is two wins and two appearances from tying the program records currently held by Anna Picarelli (2002-05).
INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE — Roxanne Barker became the first Pepperdine women’s soccer player ever to compete at the Olympics when she played for South Africa this past summer in London. She was the starting goalkeeper for the South Africans in their first-ever Olympic appearance (a loss to Sweden). Anisa Guajardo almost joined Barker there, as she played with the Mexican National Team in the spring at the CONCACAF qualifying tournament (the Mexicans lost to Canada in a game that decided which of the two teams would go on to London).
HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE — The Waves are always extra tough at Tari Frahm Rokus Field, where they’ve never had a losing season and own an all-time record of 130-38-22. Going back to the 2009 season, the Waves are currently riding a 26-game home undefeated streak in regular-season matches. Last year the Waves finished 8-1-1 at home, with the only loss coming in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to Long Beach State.
COACH WARD — Part of the program from nearly the beginning, Tim Ward is in his 15th season as the Waves’ head coach. He entered the 2012 season with a 159-83-39 (.635) record and has recorded nine seasons of double-digit victories. His teams have posted 11 winning seasons, two WCC titles and six NCAA Tournament berths, including the Sweet 16 in 2002 and 2005. Ward has been with the women’s soccer program for 19 of its 20 seasons, as he was an assistant coach from 1994-97 before being elevated to head coach.
SCHEDULE — The Waves’ difficult slate features seven teams that advanced to the 2011 NCAA Tournament. The Waves have a particularly tough road schedule, including nonconference road games at perennial favorites UCLA and Boston College. They will also play at Portland in conference play. The Waves will face top teams from the Pac-12, Big 10 and Southeastern Conferences. Pepperdine will play a total of nine home games.
WCC PRESEASON POLL — The Waves were picked to finish second in the conference in a preseason vote of the league’s coaches. The predicted order went as follows: Santa Clara, Pepperdine, San Diego, BYU, Portland, Saint Mary’s, Loyola Marymount, San Francisco and Gonzaga. Santa Clara garnered seven first-place votes, with the Waves and Portland collecting one first-place vote apiece.
2011 IN REVIEW — The Waves went 15-2-4 in 2011 and were 7-1-0 in WCC play as they won their first WCC title since 2002 and second overall. The Waves finished the season ranked #10 nationally by the NSCAA. Pepperdine hosted an NCAA Tournament match for the first time, but fell to Long Beach State 1-0 in overtime. The Waves racked up the honors, including WCC Coach of the Year and NSCAA/Mondo West Region Coach of the Year for Tim Ward and WCC Freshman of the Year for Lynn Williams. Michelle Pao was also named a NSCAA All-America second teamer. Returning All-WCC selections include first teamer Pao, second teamers Williams, Roxanne Barker and Kelsea Smith and honorable mention selections Kristin DeGrandmont and Anisa Guajardo.
ABOUT PEPPERDINE — Pepperdine boasts a one-of-a-kind athletic department with unprecedented success for a school of its size. The Waves have won NCAA Division I championships in five different men’s sports — one of just 16 schools to have accomplished this feat — and nine overall. Of this elite group, Pepperdine has the smallest enrollment and is the only school not in a BCS-affiliated conference. Located in scenic Malibu, Calif., the university overlooks the Pacific Ocean and its campus and athletic facilities are regularly voted among the nation’s most beautiful. Pepperdine, which is affiliated with the Church of Christ, ranks #54 overall on U.S. News and World Report’s list of America’s best colleges.