Women's Soccer Announces 2018 Schedule
The Waves will be trying to win a third straight WCC title.
MALIBU, California – The Pepperdine women’s soccer team will face a challenging non-conference schedule that includes local foes UCLA and USC before attempting to win its third consecutive West Coast Conference title, as head coach Tim Ward announced the 2018 schedule today.
The Waves will have 10 games at Tari Frahm Rokus Field.
“It’s tough, as always,” said Ward, a five-time WCC Coach of the Year who is heading into his 21st season. “Every year we try to build a schedule that’s going to test us prior to the WCC. If we can get results against some of those schools, then it puts us in a good position perhaps to get an at-large bid for the NCAA Tournament should we not win the WCC. But that’s another goal of ours, to three-peat.”
The Waves went 15-3-3 overall and won the WCC outright with an 8-0-1 record. They reached the second round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament and finished with a #16 national ranking. Pepperdine returns seven of 11 starters and 17 of 23 letterwinners this season.
Pepperdine’s 2018 non-conference opponents posted a .601 winning percentage in 2017, going a combined 106-66-27.
After an exhibition at CSUN (Friday, August 10), the 2018 regular-season schedule begins with a road trip through Big XII country, with stops at Kansas (Friday, August 17) and Texas Tech (Sunday, August 19). The Waves are then home for three consecutive games, facing Brown (Friday, August 24), USC (Sunday, August 26) and Indiana (Friday, August 31).
Pepperdine will head back to UCLA on Friday, September 7. Last year, the Waves and then-#1 Bruins played to a 1-1 tie at Drake Stadium. UCLA went on to become the national runner-up.
Then, the Waves host St. John’s (Sunday, Sept. 9), visit San Diego State (Friday, Sept. 14), host UC Irvine (Sunday, Sept. 16) and finally close out non-conference play at UC Santa Barbara (Friday, Sept. 21).
Five of the nine WCC games will be at home this season: San Francisco (Friday, Oct. 5), Santa Clara (Sunday, Oct. 7), BYU (Saturday, Oct. 13), Loyola Marymount (Saturday, Oct. 20) and San Diego (Saturday, Nov. 3).
The Waves will travel to Pacific (Friday, Sept. 28), Saint Mary’s (Sunday, Sept. 30), Gonzaga (Friday, Oct. 26) and Portland (Oct. 28).