Oct. 15, 2013
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After closing out its six-match homestand with a split on the opening weekend of West Coast Conference play, Pepperdine takes to the road for the first time in more than a month when it takes on No. 25 Brigham Young under the lights in Provo Thursday, October 17. The Waves then head to Southern California to take on San Diego Saturday night at Torero Stadium. Both matches will be broadcast live at 6:00 p.m. with the Waves and Cougars on BYUtv and Pepperdine vs. USD will be the WCC Game of the Week on TheW.tv.
A LOOK AT THE 2013 WAVES
- Pepperdine will play its seventh top-25 opponent Thursday at No. 25 BYU.
- Pepperdine leads the WCC in overall shots (229/19.08) and saves (72/6.0) and rates third in corner kicks (68/5.67)
- The Waves have fired 30-plus shots in consecutive matches vs. Fresno State (33/15 SOG) and CSU Fullerton (34/17 SOG).
- In its last six-match homestand, Pepperdine out-shot opponents 133 (22.2) to 66 (11.0), including a season-high 34 shots vs. CSU Fullerton.
- The Waves took back-to-back shutouts at No. 23 USC (1-0) and vs. SDSU (2-0).
- Pepperdine has started at least four true freshmen and two redshirt freshmen in each match this season.
- Fr. GK Hannah Seabert made 15 saves vs. SDSU (9/15), the second most in Pepperdine single-match history.
- Seabert ranks No. 42 in NCAA Division I saves per game (6.0).
- The Waves were NSCAA (No. 22) & Soccer America (No. 23) polls in week two.
WILLIAMS ON A TEAR FOR PEPPERDINE
- Junior forward Lynn Williams scored her 10th goal of the year vs. Gonzaga.
- Williams scored back-to-back game-winners vs. Wright State and at No. 19 Texas A&M en route to Disney Soccer/NSCAA National Player of the Week honors.
- Williams turned in her fifth career multi-goal game vs. San Diego State (9/15).
- Williams has three braces this season - at Texas A&M, at Toledo & vs. SDSU.
- The Fresno native ranks No. 17 in NCAA Division I goals per game (0.83) and is No. 22 in points per game (1.92).
- Williams ranks sixth in career goals (24) and is seventh in points (62).
WILLIAMS NAMED TO 2013 MAC HERMANN AWARD WATCH LIST
- Junior forward Lynn Williams earned a spot on the 2013 MAC Hermann Award Watch Preseason List presented to the nation’s top collegiate soccer player
- All-American Michelle Pao made the list in 2012.
WAVES BROADCAST IN CYBERSPACE
- All home matches during the 2013 regular season will include free live streaming video via WaveCasts and live stats via GameTracker on PepperdineSports.com.
- The Waves will be featured in the West Coast Conference Match of the Week twice: Friday, Oct. 11 vs. Gonzaga and Friday, Nov. 1 at San Francisco streamed live on the WCC Digital platform.
- Follow @PeppSoccer, the official Twitter account for Waves Soccer, for live in-game updates.
- The West Coast Conference just launched its official digital network at TheW.tv.
- Pepperdine makes its second TheW.tv appearance Saturday night at San Diego.
- Pepperdine and BYU are tied in the all-time series 2-2-0. The Waves are 1-1 in Provo.
- The Cougars have outscored their opponents 19-11. The 11 goals allowed equals the WCC-low.
- Pepperdine owns a modest three-match winning streak vs. USD, but is 4-6-1 in San Diego.
- The Toreros rank third in the WCC in scoring, averaging 1.62 goals per match (21 total).
- Pepperdine will play one of the toughest schedules in the country this season.
- The Waves square off against seven opponents ranked in the NSCAA preseason top-25, including two (No. 5 UCLA and No. 6 BYU) in the top-10.
- All told the Waves play eight matches against teams that advanced to the 2012 NCAA postseason, including five teams that reached the Sweet-16 and two quarterfinalists.
- Pepperdine rates No. 38 in RPI (as of 10/15).
TON OF OFFENSE RETURNS
- Pepperdine welcomes back the bulk of its offense from a year ago.
- Returners accounted for 24 of 37 goals in 2012, 17 of 31 assists and 65 of 105 total points.
YOUTH IS SERVED
- Pepperdine’s 2013 roster features 12 freshmen and 13 newcomers overall.
- The Waves only have two sophomores.
- There are 11 upperclassmen with five seniors.
WAVES WCC WEEK THREE AHEAD
- After taking on Brigham Young and San Diego on the road, Pepperdine returns to Malibu for its final two home matches of the season against Pacific (10/25) and Saint Mary’s (10/27).
- Pepperdine will honor its seniors Sunday, October 27 prior to its home finale against the Tigers.
LAST TIME OUT
- Pepperdine turned in a strong first half against No. 7 Portland and created several legitimate scoring opportunities, but could not convert.
- Kristin DeGrandmont recorded her first goal of the season converting a penalty kick.
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 undergraduate enrollment and is the only school not affiliated with a BCS-level conference. The Waves have earned the Division I-AAA All-Sports Trophy, an award based on postseason success that’s given to the top non-football school, three times (most recently in 2011-12). 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 #57 overall on U.S. News and World Report’s list of America’s best colleges.