No. 22 Waves Host No. 23 Cal Saturday to Open 2012 NCAA Tournament
Nov. 7, 2012
THIS WEEK -- 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.
MATCH #21 -- Saturday (Nov. 10) at Tari Frahm Rokus Field: No. 22 Pepperdine (14-6-0) vs. No. 23 California (15-5-0) at 1:00 p.m.
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TICKETS -- 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.
FOLLOW ONLINE -- PepperdineSports.com will offer a free internet webcast of its NCAA Tournament match against No. 23 California. Roger Horne will have the call for the Waves as they battle the Golden Bears. Links to GameTracker/live stats will also be available. Fans can also follow @PeppSoccer on Twitter for updates.
RANKINGS -- Pepperdine is ranked No. 22 and Cal is ranked No. 23 by the NSCAA.
SCOUTING CALIFORNIA -- Pepperdine owns a 1-0-2 lead in a three-game series dating to 1999. The Waves took a 2-1 victory in the 2011 season opener in Berkeley behind a pair of goals from junior Anisa Guajardo. This is the first postseason meeting between the two teams.
PEPPERDINE VS. 2012 NCAA FIELD -- Pepperdine posted a 3-5-0 overall record against the 2012 NCAA Tournament field. The Waves posted wins against Santa Clara (2-1), Boston College (1-0) and Auburn (2-1). Pepperdine fell to Brigham Young (2-0), UCLA (4-0), San Diego State (1-0), Portland (3-1) and Arizona State (1-0).
SIX WAVES NAMED ALL-WCC -- Six Waves earned individual honors from the West Coast Conference. 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. 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. Senior goalkeeper Roxanne Barker (Irvine, Calif./Woodbridge HS) and senior defender Kelsea Smith (Camarillo, Calif./Oaks Christian HS) earned honorable mention selection, while forward Mandy Davis (Danville, Calif./San Ramon Valley HS) was an All-Freshman pick.
LAST WEEK -- Pepperdine kicked off the final weekend of the 2012 regular season with a 5-3 victory against Saint Mary's. Lynn Williams recorded her first career hat trick and Anisa Guajardo scored a pair of goals to the win. The Waves dropped a tough 2-0 decision to No. 4 Brigham Young in the regular season finale for both teams.
DOUBLE DIGIT GOAL SCORERS -- Anisa Guajardo and Amanda LeCave share the team lead in goals scored this year with 10, making this the first time two Pepperdine players have reached double-digit goals in the same season since 2005 when Linsey Redlin and Megan Woods each recorded 12 to pace the Waves. Lynn Williams enters the 2012 NCAA Tournament with eight, including four in her last three matches.
BARKER SETS CAREER WINS RECORD -- Senior goalkeeper Roxanne Barker (Irvine, Calif./Woodbridge HS) collected her 46th career win Sunday at Gonzaga and set the program wins record in the process. Anna Picarelli (2002-05) held the previous mark with 45 wins and owns the all-time record for shutouts (32), one ahead of Barker.
CAREER RECORDS -- Anisa Guajardo now has 27 goals for her career, good for fourth place in Pepperdine history and her 64 career points rates fifth ... Roxanne Barker owns the all-time lead in career victories (47) and rates second in shutouts (31), goals-against average (0.87) and saves (304).
SINGLE-SEASON RECORDS -- At the conclusion of the 2012 regular season, all-American Michelle Pao shares fourth place on the single-season assists list with nine, while Anisa Guajardo is tied for eighth place with eight assists. Guajardo also rates eighth on the single-season points list with 28. Roxanne Barker sits in sixth place on the single-season saves list with 82 and is fifth in wins with 12 and shares sixth place in shutouts with 7.0.
BIG DAY AGAINST THE HOOSIERS -- 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.
MAKING HISTORY VS. SAINT MARY'S -- When Lynn Williams and Anisa Guajardo both turned in a multi-goal match against Saint Mary's, the pair made some history in the process becoming the first Pepperdine teammates to score multiple goals in the same match in more than a decade. The last time more than one Wave scored two or more goals in the same match came in a 10-0 shutout win against The Master's College (10/12/98) when three registered a pair of scores. The only time Pepperdine has accomplished the feat against a Division I opponent was in the inaugural season in a 7-2 triumph against USC (9/22/93).
NO SENSE WASTING GOALS -- Pepperdine dropped a 3-1 decision at Portland and scored for the first time in a loss all season. This year 36 of 37 goals have come in victory. After each of the Waves six losses this season they have responded with a shutout win. The road loss to the Pilots was also the first time Pepperdine lost a match when scoring first, dropping the Waves to 14-1-0 in those contests.
SAYING NO TO BONUS SOCCER -- Pepperdine matched a program record when it played just one overtime match during the 2012 regular season, a 1-0 win at Dartmouth (10/1). The previous low for Pepperdine bonus soccer came in 1996 when the Waves played one overtime contest, a 2-1 victory against Loyola Marymount.
A PAIR OF HAT TRICKS -- Lynne Williams recorded her first career hat trick against Saint Mary's (11/1), joining teammate Amanda LeCave, who scored a school record four goals against Indiana (9/2). Williams and LeCave are the first teammates to register hat tricks in the same season in program history. Hall-of-Famer Jennifer Evans recorded a mind-boggling four during the 1993 campaign en route to a school record 20 goals.
WAVES SMART, VERY SMART -- Pepperdine women's soccer earned recognition for academic excellence with the release of the 2012 CoSIDA Academic All-District 8 Team and the 2012 West Coast Conference All-Academic Team. Six Waves were honored for their exploits in the classroom. Amanda LeCave earned CoSIDA Academic All-District 8 First Team and WCC honorable mention selection. Joining LeCave on the all-district squad were second team picks Ana Pontes and Kristine Hilliard. Pontes earned first team WCC All-Academic, while Kristin DeGrandmont , Allyson Holtz and Callie Payetta earned honorable mention nods from the league.
HALL-OF-FAMER JENNIFER EVANS -- Jennifer (Evans) Lilley became the first women's soccer player inducted into the Pepperdine Athletics Hall of Fame Sunday, October 21 at the Woodland Hills Marriott. Evans ranks No. 1 all-time in points (125), points per game (1.76), goals (54), goals per game (0.76) and shots (297).
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 131-40-22. The Waves posted a 27-game home undefeated regular season streak snapped by Loyola Marymount, 3-0 Oct. 19. 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 enters the 2012 postseason with a 173-89-39 (.640) record and has recorded 10 seasons of double-digit victories. His teams have posted 12 winning seasons, two WCC titles and seven NCAA Tournament berths, including the Sweet 16 in 2002 and 2005. Ward has been part of Pepperdine soccer for 19 of 20 seasons, serving as an assistant coach (1994-97) before being elevated to head coach.
NCAA TOURNAMENT PROGRAM -- The NCAA has created an online-only digital tournament program. To access the program, visit: http://www.ncaa.com/diwomenssoccer