Six Waves Earn All-West Coast Conference Honors
Nov. 6, 2012
MALIBU, Calif. – Yesterday Pepperdine earned one of the top team awards when it was selected to appear in the 2012 NCAA Tournament. Today, six Waves earned individual honors from the West Coast Conference with the unveiling of the all-league teams for women’s soccer.
“We try at Pepperdine to celebrate individual achievements at the end of the year, but these players – all of them – are truly deserving of these accolades,” Waves head coach Tim Ward said. “Each of them had tremendous seasons. I wish there could be more, but we happen to play in one of the toughest soccer conferences in the country, so to be named to any team on this list in West Coast Conference balloting is a big, big deal.”
Senior midfielder Anisa Guajardo (Clovis, Calif./Clovis HS), junior defender Michelle Pao (Cupertino, Calif./Monta Vista HS) and sophomore forward Lynn Williams (Fresno, Calif./Bullard HS) earned first team selection. It is the third straight selection for Pao, a member of the 2012 MAAC Hermann Trophy Watch List and the first for Guajardo and Williams, the 2011 WCC Freshman of the Year. Williams was a second team pick last season while Guajardo earned WCC honorable mention selection as a junior.
This is the first time in program history three Waves have earned first team all-WCC honors. Pepperdine has collected two first teamers seven times and has placed at least one on the top team in each of the last five consecutive seasons.
Guajardo completed the 2012 regular season ranked among the top-10 program leaders in both career goals (27/3rd) and points (68/5th). A member of the Mexican National Team, Guajardo is a three-year starter and shared the team lead with 10 goals this season to go along with eight assists for a team-high 28 points.
“Anisa’s numbers are incredible this year considering that we’ve asked her to play as a wide midfielder for the majority of the year,” Ward said. “The way she has done that and sacrificed for the team is a huge testament to her character. She’s a tremendous soccer player and a tremendous attacking talent.”
Pao continues to build on a remarkable career at Pepperdine and leads the Waves and the WCC in assists with nine this season to go along with a pair of goals. A 2011 NSCAA All-American, Pao already ranks in the top-10 in career assists with 15.
“I consider Pao to be one of the most impactful players on any team in the country,” Ward said. “Not only is she a defender, but an attacker and a set-piece specialist. She simply impacts the game.”
Williams turned in a strong season, ranking third on the team in goals (8) and led the league in shots (4.75). Williams notched her first career collegiate hat trick in a 5-3 victory against Saint Mary’s (11/1) and produced three game-winners.
“Lynn has the ability to change the field with her very presence on it,” Ward said. “Every single team has to account for Lynn on their game plan. She has improved so much as a soccer player this year and with her speed and her ability to possess has improved greatly.”
Senior goalkeeper Roxanne Barker (Irvine, Calif./Woodbridge HS) earned honorable mention selection, capturing all-league accolades for the fourth time in her record-setting career in Malibu. Senior defender Kelsea Smith (Camarillo, Calif./Oaks Christian HS) also earned all-league honors for the fourth time in her standout career. Forward Mandy Davis (Danville, Calif./San Ramon Valley HS) appeared in all 19 matches as a first-year Wave and earned selection on the All-Freshman squad.
“In my opinion, Roxy and Kelsea can play at the highest level in the world,” Ward said. “They’re amazing players. For four years they have been first team selections for us. To be considered honorable mention in this conference is a big accomplishment. Everybody knows how good these two players are and have been for Pepperdine. Mandy had a great freshman year. To ask a freshman to come in and play three different positions is tough and she’s done it with grace and quality. To get two goals in conference in limited minutes is impressive. There are big things ahead for Mandy.”
UP NEXT FOR THE WAVES: Pepperdine earned its second consecutive NCAA Tournament berth and will host No. 23 Cal on Saturday, November 10 in a 1:00 p.m. match at Tari Frahm Rokus Field. The No. 22 Waves earned the opportunity to host for the second consecutive year in their seventh overall postseason appearance. The winner of Saturday’s match will advance to take on the victor in the Cal State Northridge at No. 2 seed San Diego State contest. Site and date of the second round is to be determined.
TICKET INFORMATION: Tickets to Saturday's match at Tari Frahm Rokus Field are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors, students and children. Individuals with a valid Pepperdine faculty, staff or student ID will receive free admission to the game. Tickets are available at the gate, or prior to the match (to be picked up at will-call). To order tickets over the phone please contact Jamil Macias, Athletic Ticket Manager at 310-506-4935.