No. 4 Waves Have Two WCC Contests on the Slate This Weekend
Oct. 19, 2011
MALIBU, Calif.-- The Waves remain one of six teams nationally that are still undefeated on the season as they boast an 11-0-4 record. Last weekend the Waves defeated rival Loyola Marymount 2-0 at the Lions' Sullivan Field to earn Wells Fargo PCH Cup points. This week the Waves return to Tari Frahm Rokus Field to host Gonzaga on Friday and then travel to the Bay Area to face Saint Mary's on Sunday. Friday's game is the Waves annual "PINK" match to promote breast cancer awareness.
MATCH #16-- Friday (Oct. 21) Gonzaga at No. 4 Pepperdine, Tari Frahm Rokus Field, 3 p.m. PT
MATCH #17-- Sunday (Oct. 23) No. 4 Pepperdine at Saint Mary's, Saint Mary's Stadium 1 p.m. PT
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. An all-sports pass, which provides admission to all Pepperdine sporting events, with the exception of men's basketball, is $100. Call the Ticket Office at (866) WAVE-TIX for more information. Pets are not allowed in ticketed areas.
LAST TIME OUT -- For the first time since 2005 overall and the first time at Loyola Marymount's Sullivan Field since 1996, the Waves defeated the Lions 2-0 on Sunday. Senior midfielder Karissa Garcia broke the tie when she followed through on a shot by Laura Cole that hit the left post. The goal was Garcia's second of her career and the season. The Waves put away an insurance goal in the second half when junior forward Anisa Guajardocrashed the goal on another Pepperdine shot that hit the post, as she put away her team-leading ninth goal of the season.
SETTING RECORDS-- Now 15 games into the season, the Waves are undefeated at 11-0-4, setting a new school undefeated streak stemming back to last season at 16 games. The next three-best undefeated records include: 2002 - 12 games (10-0-2) 2001 - 11 games (8-0-3) 2005 - 10 games (9-0-1)
IN THE RANKINGS-- The Waves remain in the top 10 for the fourth straight week and have climbed into the top five at No. 4 in the NSCAA poll. In the Soccer Times poll, the Waves are ranked No. 7 and in the Soccer America poll, they come in at No. 11.
GONZAGA-- The Bulldogs are 7-6-2 on the season and 0-2-2 in the WCC as they visit Malibu on Friday. The Cougars fell last weekend to San Francisco 1-0 and their comeback bid against BYU on Saturday fell short as they lost 3-2. The squad is led by Sarah Rhodes and Emma Dolcetti who have four goals apiece. Rhodes has also added seven assists to lead the Bulldogs. Goalkeeper Susan Brown has made 79 saves on the season with seven shutouts. On the road so far this season the Bulldogs are 3-2-2 overall.
ON THE RECORD-- The Waves lead the overall series record with Gonzaga, 12-5-1. At Tari Frahm Rokus Field the Waves are 7-2-0 all-time against the Bulldogs. The last time the two faced off in Malibu the Waves won 2-1 in 2009. The Waves will look to avenge last season's 1-0 overtime loss at Gonzaga.
SAINT MARY'S-- The Gaels enter the weekend with a record of 9-5-2 overall, 0-3-1 in the WCC. Last weekend they fell to Portland on the road 7-4 and to Loyola Marymount 2-1 at home. Before Sunday's meeting with the Waves the Gaels will travel to San Diego to face the Toreros on Friday. The squad is led by Jordan Marada who has netted eight goals on the season and added nine assists. She leads the WCC with 25 points overall and 1.56 points per game.
ON THE RECORD-- The Waves are 8-6-3 all-time against Saint Mary's and are riding a five game unbeaten streak against the Gaels into Sunday's game. The last time the Waves played in Moraga was in 2008 when they earned a 4-0 victory.
TOPDRAWERSOCCER.COM TEAM OF THE WEEK -- Junior goalkeeper Roxanne Barkerearned her seventh shutout of the season and only had two make two saves overall against rival Loyola Marymount. Barker now sits alone in second place in the Pepperdine career solo shutouts category with 22 so far on her career.
IN THE STATS -- As a team, the Waves lead the conference in goals (31), goals per game (2.07), points (87), goals against (8), shutouts (8) and is second in assists (25) and goals against average (.50). Individually, JR F Anisa Guajardo is first in goals (9), goals per game (.64) and is tied for second in game-winning goals (3). JR GK Roxanne Barkerleads with goals against average (0.51), save percentage (0.884) and is tied for first in shutouts (7) and shutouts per game (0.47). In the nation Barker's goals against average of .51 ranks 11th and her save percentage is 12th. Nationally the Waves rank 12th with a goals-against average of .503 and 11th with a save percentage of .886.
COLE -- Stemming back to last season the Waves are undefeated at 9-0-2 when senior forward Laura Colescores a goal. For the 2010 season the team was 6-0-1 when Cole found the back of the net and so far this season the Waves are 3-01 with Cole scoring.
SCORING -- Wave strikers have gotten right to work in 2011, with four starting forwards netting a combined 22 goals. JR F Anisa Guajardo has scored two goals in a game twice this season, once at California (8/19) and at home against Michigan (9/4) and leads the team with nine goals. FR F Lynn Williams has scored five goals for the Waves, including what proved to be the game-tying goal on against UCLA and the game-winner against BYU. SR F Laura Cole has scored four goals for the Waves. JR F Michelle Manninghas also scored four goals on the season.
LINEUPS -- The 2011 Waves feature an excellent mix of experienced letterwinners and newcomers ready to make an impact. Seven freshmen made their collegiate debuts in F Lynn Williams, F Amanda LeCave, MF Micaela Cervantes, MF Ally Holtz, MF Kristine Hilliard, D Jackie Pedrazza and D Nikki McKee. Williams has made 13 starts for the Waves so far this season. LeCave saw her first colleigate start against Long Island. Holtz saw her first collegiate start on Sept. 23 against Lamar.
2011 ROSTER-- The Waves bring back 15 of 24 letterwinners (including nine of 11 starters) as well as one redshirt, while 10 newcomers complete the roster. Returning players account for 25 of the 26 goals (96%) and 13 of the 19 assists (68%). The roster consists of four seniors, seven juniors, four sophomores, one redshirt freshman and 10 true freshmen.
2011 HONORS --Sophomore defender Michelle Pao was named to the 2011 preseason All-WCC squad. She picked up WCC All-Freshman honors and All-WCC first team honors in 2010, becoming the first freshman to be named first team since 1996. For her part in preserving a shutout against Arizona, JR GK Roxanne Barker was named SoccerSavings.com/LA Soccer News Women's College Player of the Week for the week ending August 21. After collecting 10 saves against UCLA to preserve the double-overtime tie, Barker was then named to collegesoccer360.com's Primetime Players of the Week list. SR F Laura Cole was bestowed with the honor of WCC Player of the Week (Sept. 12) after being named Offensive MVP of the LSU Invitational. She was also named SoccerSavings.com/LA Soccer News Women's College Player of the Week. JR F Michelle Manning was named WCC Player of the Week (Sept. 19) after a two-goal performance against UC Santa Barbara. Guajardo was named the WCC Player of the Month for September after netting eight goals to start the season. Cole earned her second WCC Player of the Week honor (Oct. 10) and was named SoccerSavings.com/LA Soccer News Women's College Player of the Week (Oct. 11). Junior goalkeeper Roxanne Barkerwas named to the TopDrawerSoccer.com Women's Soccer Team of the Week (Oct. 18).
SCHEDULE-- 10 of Pepperdine's 20 matches come against teams that posted a .500 record or better in 2009, and eight advanced to the NCAA Tournament. 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 sixth in the conference in a preseason vote of the league's coaches. The predicted order went as follows: Portland, Santa Clara and BYU tied for second, San Diego, Loyola Marymount, Pepperdine, Saint Mary's and Gonzaga and San Francisco tied for eighth.
Tim Ward -- Part of the program from nearly the beginning, Tim Wardis in his 14th season as the Waves' head coach. He enters the 2011 season with a 144-81-35 (.621) record with eight seasons of double-digit victories. His teams have posted ten winning seasons and five NCAA Tournament berths, including the Sweet 16 in 2002 and 2005. Ward has been with the women's soccer program for 18 of its 19 seasons, as he was an assistant coach from 1994-97 before being elevated to head coach.
HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE-- The Waves are always extra tough at Tari Frahm Rokus field, owning an all-time record of 120-37-21. Through six games this season, the Waves are 5-0-1. Stemming back to the 2009 season, the Waves are currently riding a 18-game undefeated streak at home.
2010 IN REVIEW -- The Waves went 9-6-5 last season. Pepperdine narrowly missed out on an NCAA Tournament berth after finishing 2-3-2 in the WCC, good for a tie for fifth place. Michelle Pao made the NSCAA All-West Region second team, All-WCC first team and WCC All-Freshman honors. Roxanne Barker, Laura Cole, Kristin DeGrandmont, Kelsea Smith and Myriah Stockmanall received All-WCC honorable mention nods.
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 major 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 #55 overall on U.S. News and World Report's list of America's best colleges. The 2011-12 school year marks Pepperdine's 75th anniversary.