Michelle Pao
Michelle  Pao


Cupertino, Calif.

High School:
Monta Vista HS





77 Waves Earn WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll Status

More than 1,200 WCC student-athletes received the award.


2013-14 Pepperdine Athletics Year in Review

The school year was highlighted by sand volleyball's national championship and baseball's postseason run.


Pao Drafted by NWSL's Sky Blue FC in Third Round

This is the second straight year a Wave has been drafted into the NWSL.


Pao, Williams Named to NSCAA All-West Region First Team

Both Michelle Pao and Lynn Williams have earned All-West Region honors three times.


Pao, Williams Earn All-WCC First Team Honors

Michelle Pao became the first Pepperdine women's soccer player ever to make the All-WCC first team four times.


Women's Soccer vs. Saint Mary's (10/27/13)

Stephen Wandzura's photos of the Waves' 3-1 victory over the Gaels.


No. 4 UCLA at Pepperdine

Pepperdine hosted No. 4 UCLA Friday, Sept. 20 and dropped a hard-fought 2-0 decision.


Women's Soccer at USC (9/13/2013)

Photos of Pepperdine's 1-0 overtime victory at USC.


Women's Soccer vs. Cal

Pepperdine opened the 2013 season with a 1-1 draw vs. No. 18 Cal (8/26/13).


Pepperdine vs. LMU 10/19/12

No. 15 Pepperdine drops a 3-0 decision to crosstown rival Loyola Marymount in a Wells Fargo PCH battle.

Michelle Pao Career Stats Get Acrobat Reader

CAREER: The first Pepperdine soccer player ever to earn four-time All-WCC first team honors ... Also a four-time NSCAA All-West Region pick and a 2011 All-American ... Had six career goals, including three game-winners ... Her 18 assists ranked tied for fifth in Pepperdine history ... Had 30 career points.

PEPPERDINE 2013: Capped off an outstanding career by being named to the NSCAA All-West Region and All-WCC first teams as a senior ... One of three players to start all 19 games ... Had two goals and three assists for seven points ... Took 44 shots ... Scored the game-winner on a long-distance blast in a 2-1 win at San Diego (10/19) ... Also scored at Santa Clara (11/3) and added an assist ... Other assists were vs. San Diego State (9/15) and vs. Pacific (10/25) ... Attempted seven shots on three occasions ... A Pepperdine Scholar-Athlete.

PEPPERDINE 2012: Named to the NSCAA All-West Region second team and All-WCC first team as a junior ... Led the WCC in assists (nine) before missing final two contests with an injury ... Ranked in the top-30 nationally among Division I assist leaders through 19 matches ... Nine assists in were good for a share of fourth place on the Waves' single-season list and were the most by a Wave since 2006 ... Turned in a pair of two-assist matches - vs. San Diego (8/17) and at San Francisco (10/7) ... Recorded six assists in first eight matches ... Scored first goal of the season with a game-winner against UC Santa Barbara (9/21) ... Scored opening goal in a 2-1 victory vs. #17 Santa Clara (10/14) ... Fired a season-high five shots at San Diego (10/21).

PEPPERDINE 2011: During her sophomore campaign, Pao started all 21 games for the Waves from her outside back position ... Earned NSCAA All-America second team honors, marking the highest individual award any Wave has ever achieved ... Also earned NSCAA All-West Region first team honors and was named All-WCC first team ... Scored first career goal in 6-0 win over Lamar (9/23) and added a second goal in a 4-0 victory over San Francisco (11/4) ... Finished second on the team with five assists ... Fourth on the team with 31 shots.

PEPPERDINE 2010: After a standout rookie campaign was named to the NSCAA All-West Region second team, the All-WCC first team and to the WCC All-Freshman team ... Became Pepperdine's first freshman to earn All-WCC first team honors since 1996, and only the second to do so in school history ... Saw most of her playing time at defender as she started 14 of 19 games ... Took 12 shots ... Recorded an assist on Pepperdine's final goal in a 4-2 win vs. Arizona (8/29) ... Helped Pepperdine to a team goals-against average of 0.76, the second-best mark in school history ... Named to the all-tournament team at the Hawaii Outrigger Hotels Soccer Classic.

CLUB: Played with the De Anza Force for about a decade ... Won the 2009 U-16 national championship and two state titles.

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Monta Vista High School, located in Cupertino, Calif., in 2010 ... A forward who played four years on the varsity ... Career totals of 46 goals and 24 assists ... Earned all-county and All-SCVAL honors as a senior ... Named the SCVAL's De Anza Division MVP as a junior ... Earned all-league first team honors as a sophomore ... Team won the CIF Central Coast Section title in 2009.

PERSONAL: Born in Taiwan ... Daughter of Yao-kuo Pao and Liven Lin ... Has two siblings, Wayne and Jessie ... Majoring in sports medicine ... Chose to attend Pepperdine "to get a good education and the strong soccer program."

FAVORITES: Enjoys playing basketball and other sports, going to the beach and watching television ... Favorites include Mia Hamm (pro soccer player), Manchester United (pro soccer team), Toy Story 3 (movie), Family Guy (TV show), Jack Johnson (musical artist), chicken noodle soup (food) and basketball (sport other than soccer) ... Favorite things about soccer are "the team aspect, the thrill of accomplishment and the bond created with your life-long friends."

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