Oct. 24, 2013
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MALIBU, Calif. -
After closing out last week's road swing with a 2-1 win at San Diego, the Pepperdine women's soccer team returns to Tari Frahm Rokus Field to host its final two matches of the regular season. The Waves first entertain West Coast Conference newcomer Pacific on Friday at 3 p.m. followed by a 1 p.m. tilt vs. Saint Mary's on Sunday. Senior Day will be celebrated prior to the start of the match vs. the Gaels.A LOOK AT THE 2013 WAVES
- Pepperdine will play Pacific for the first time in league play and has won the four previous nonconference meetings vs. the Tigers.
- Pepperdine leads the WCC in overall shots (245/17.50) and saves (88/6.29) and rates fourth in corner kicks (72/5.14)
- 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.
- Pepperdine still boasts a 4-2 record when out-shot by opponents, including last week's 2-1 win over San Diego when the Toreros held a 20-10 edge in shots.
- 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. 25 in NCAA Division I saves per game (6.29).
- 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 11th goal of the year vs. San Diego.
- 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 (.789) and is No. 29 in points per game (1.79).
- Williams ranks sixth in career goals (25) and is seventh in points (64).
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.
- The Waves are 4-0-0 all time vs. Pacific, but this will be the first meeting as WCC opponents.
- The Tigers earned their first-ever WCC victory with a 1-0 OT win over Saint Mary's (10/11/13).
- SMC is hitting the road for the first time in over a month and is still in search of its first road win at 0-6
- The Gales rank second in the league with 5.00 saves/game.
- 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. 35 in RPI (as of 10/24).
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
- Pepperdine will honor its seniors Sunday, October 27 prior to its home finale against Saint Mary's.
- The Waves finish out the regular season with three road matches at USF (11/1), Santa Clara (11/3) and LMU (11/9).
LAST TIME OUT
- Pepperdine fought with No. 25 BYU to a 0-0 stalemate late into the second half, but the Cougars scored in the 84th minute for the win.
- Goals by Lynn Willians and Michelle Pao lifted Pepperdine to an intense 2-1 triumph over USD on the road.
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.