Waves Set For 2014 Season Opener This Week
The Waves first four games this season will be played at Tari Frahm Rokus Field.
Aug. 20, 2014
SEASON OPENER: The Pepperdine women's soccer team opens the 2014 season at home this week, hosting Cal Poly on Friday at 3 p.m. and Maryland on Sunday at 1 p.m. Both contests will be broadcast live on WaveCasts.
PROMOTIONS: At Friday's game the first 500 fans in attendance will receive a Pepperdine scarf. On Sunday the first 400 fans will receive a Malibu Yogurt and Ice Cream gift card, and the first 300 fans in attendance will get a Waves Gameday T-shirt.
A LOOK AT THE 2014 WAVES
- · Pepperdine returns 18 players from last year's squad and brings in eight newcomers (seven freshmen and one transfer).
- · The Waves' roster features seven seniors, two redshirt juniors, one junior, one redshirt sophomore, eight sophomores and seven freshmen.
- · Pepperdine graduated five seniors from last year's squad; Michelle Pao (D/F), Katie Gallanes (D/M), Katie Rivers (M/F), Kristin DeGrandmont (D) and Carolyn Dapper (GK). The group combined for 10 goals and 22 assists in 249 games played over their careers.
- · The Waves return their two leading scorers from last season in seniors Lynn Williams and Ally Holtz.
- · Williams: Was on the verge of a historic season before missing the last four games of the season due to injury ... Was still named to the NSCAA All-West Region first team and the All-WCC first team ... Started the first 15 games of the season and posted 11 goals and three assists for 25 points ... In the WCC, finished first in goals per game (0.73, which is third in Pepperdine history), tied for second in game-winning goals and third in points per game (1.67, which is fourth in Pepperdine history).
- · Holtz: Made the All-WCC second team as a junior ... Was second on the team in goals (six) and points (16) while leading the squad in assists (four) ... Tied for 10th in the WCC in goals ... One of three players to start all 19 games.
- · After taking over the starting job as a freshman last season, Hannah Seabert returns for the Waves following a breakout rookie campaign.
- · Seabert: Played 1,732 of the 1,752 minutes ... Posted a 10-7-2 record and had 114 saves, five shutouts and a 1.40 goals-against average ... The 114 saves were the second-most in Pepperdine history and her average of 6.0 saves per game ranked third ... Ranked first in the WCC in save percentage (.809), total saves and saves per game and sixth in goals-against average
- · Pepperdine plays 11 non-conference games before opening West Coast Conference play in October.
- · The Waves open the season with four home games and feature seven NCAA National Tournament participants on the 2014 schedule.
- · Perennial NCAA Powerhouse North Carolina makes its first ever trip to Malibu on Aug. 31.
- · WCC play opens on Oct. 3, when conference co-champion Santa Clara comes to town.
- · The Waves play five home games and four road games in conference play this season.
- · Pepperdine takes on the other two co-champions when it heads to Portland on Oct. 24 and then closes the season at home against BYU on Nov. 8.
- · NCAA tournament play begins on Nov. 14, with the first, second, third and quarterfinal rounds being played at campus sites, and the Women's College Cup being held in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (Dec. 5-7).
- · The Waves are coming off a 2013 campaign where the team finished the year 10-7-2 overall and 5-4-0 in WCC competition.
- · Pepperdine finished the season tied with San Diego for fourth in the conference standings, but owned the head-to-head tie-breaker courtesy of a 2-1 road win over the Toreros.
- · Thanks to Seabert's 114 saves last year, the Waves led the WCC in that category. Pepperdine was also third in the conference in total shots (324) and posted the fewest yellow cards (2) and fouls (128) on the year.
All of the Waves home games this season will be broadcast live on WaveCasts at PepperdineSports.com. Live stats for all home games will also be carried on PepperdineSports.com.
Preseason WCC Poll/All-Conference:
The Waves were tabbed fourth in the WCC Preseason Coaches Poll this year. The Waves, who finished fourth in the conference standings last season, garnered 57 points in the coaches poll. Defending conference champs BYU took first in the poll with a total of 73 points and three first place votes. Portland was tabbed second (72 points) and Santa Clara was picked third (69 points), with each school receiving three first place votes. Pepperdine's Holtz and Williams were both named to the preseason All-WCC squad. Williams is coming off an All-WCC first team nod last year and Holtz is coming off an all-conference second team honor last season.
MAC Hermann Watch List:
The Waves' Williams was one of 63 players named to the preseason MAC Hermann Award Watch List this season. The MAC Hermann Trophy is the most prestigious individual award in NCAA soccer presented annually to one male and one female athlete. The winners will be announced Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, at the trophy presentation banquet at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis.
Alvarado on Mexico U-20 Squad:
The Waves' Taylor Alvarado was named to the Mexican National Team U-20 squad this past summer and competed with the team at the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Canada this August. Mexico went 0-1-2 in group stage play, with Alvarado making an appearance in the team's final game against Korea. She had previously competed for Mexico in the CONCACAF U-20 Championship and at the 2012 U-17 World Cup in Azerbaijan.
The Waves added assistant coach Max Rooke to the staff this past summer. Rooke joins the Waves' staff after most recently serving as assistant coach at Illinois-Springfield and prior to that at his alma mater, Mercer. Rooke played collegiately at Mercer, as well as professionally with the Reading Football Club, in his native Reading, England, and also with the Great Britain National Team.
Cal Poly: The Mustangs are coming off an 11-7-1 campaign in 2013 in which they went 7-1-0 and finished first in the Big West Conference. Cal Poly missed out on a chance to grab an NCAA Tournament bid when they fell to Cal State Fullerton in the conference tournament on penalty kicks. The Mustangs return six primary starters from last season's team, plus 11 more players who saw time in 2013, joined by four redshirts who've returned, as well as 11 freshmen.
Maryland: The Terrapins are coming off a 10-10-0 season in which they went 6-7 in ACC play. Maryland fell in the opening round of the conference tournament, losing to Virginia to end their season. Joining the Big 10 this year, the Terrapins were selected third in the Preseason Conference Poll. Additionally, senior Cory Ryan and juniors Aubrey Baker and Rachelle Beanlands were selected as Players to Watch by the conference office.
Waves at Tari Frahm Rokus Field:
- · After posting a 6-2-2 record at home in 2013, Pepperdine still has not experienced a losing season on its home pitch.
- · The Waves went a perfect 10-0-0 in 2002 and have not lost a home match in 2006 (7-0-2) and 2010 (6-0-3).
- · The Waves concluded their 21st season at Tari Frahm Rokus Field in 2013, with a record of 138-43-24 (.731).
- · Posted a 27-match regular season unbeaten string from 2009-2012.
Waves in the NCAA Tournament:
- · Pepperdine has advanced to seven NCAA Tournaments, including a five-year streak from 2001-05.
- · The Waves have marched to the postseason in each of the last two seasons.
- · Pepperdine has advanced to the Sweet-16 twice in program history (2002 & 2005).
- · The Waves are 6-7 all-time in the NCAA Postseason and have won at least one match in four of seven tournaments.
- · Pepperdine has served as host for the NCAA first round in each of the last two seasons.
- · The Waves own five shutout victories in NCAA Tournament play.
- · Hired as the third head coach in program history in 1998 after spending four seasons as an assistant for the Waves.
- · Guided Waves to five consecutive NCAA Postseasons from 2001-05 and back-to-back berths in 2011-12.
- · Directed Pepperdine to a share of the program's first West Coast Conference title in 2002 and matched the feat in 2011.
- · Has recruited and coached five All-Americans, including 2011 NSCAA second team selection Michelle Pao.
- · Waves have earned All-WCC honors on 80 occasions since 1998.
- · Since 1998, 24 Waves have earned NSCAA All-West Region accolades.
- · Waves have earned 31 WCC All-Academic Team awards since 1998.
- · Named NSCAA West Region Coach of the Year in 2002.
- · Guided Waves to 12 winning seasons and 10 campaigns with 10 or more victories.
- · Directed Pepperdine to two NCAA Sweet-16 appearances (2002 & 2005). The Waves own a 6-7 overall record in the NCAA Postseason.
- · Four-year letter-winner at Cal Lutheran, helping the Kingsmen to a 57-18-8 slate.
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.