Women's Soccer Travels to East Coast for Two Matches
Waves Take on No. 5 Boston College and Dartmouth
Sept. 25, 2012
THE WEEK AHEAD: Pepperdine travels to the East Coast this weekend for a pair of tests in its final tune-ups prior to the start of the 2012 West Coast Conference season. The Waves tackle No. 5 Boston College Saturday, Sept. 29 and then face Dartmouth on Monday, Oct. 1. The Eagles are the second top-five opponent for Pepperdine in its last three contests, after facing No. 3 UCLA Sept. 16 in Westwood.
MATCH #11 -- Saturday (Sept. 29) at Harvard: No. 20 Pepperdine (7-3-0) vs. No. 4 Boston College (8-1-2) at 9 a.m. (PT).
MATCH #12 -- Monday (Oct. 1) at Dartmouth: No. 20 Pepperdine vs. Dartmouth (6-2-0)
TICKETS -- Single-game prices are $8 for adults, $5 for students/seniors/children and free to all Pepperdine students, faculty and staff (and their dependents) with a valid Pepperdine ID.
FOLLOW ONLINE -- For the the first time, PepperdineSports.com is offering a free internet webcast of all home soccer games. Nick Law will have the call. Links to GameTracker/live statistics will also be available. Fans can also follow @PeppSoccer on Twitter for updates.
RANKINGS -- Pepperdine is ranked No. 20 by the NSCAA for the second straight week.
BOSTON COLLEGE -- First meeting.
DARTMOUTH -- Pepperdine leads 1-0 in the all-time series. The Waves took a 2-1 decision at home (9/12/10) behind goals from Myriah Stockman and Laura Cole.
LAST WEEK -- Pepperdine remained unbeaten at home with a 2-0 shutout victory against UC Santa Barbara. MAC Hermann Trophy candidate Michelle Pao recorded the game winner, while Taylor Vargo scored her first collegiate goal. Roxanne Barker collected her third shutout of the season as the Waves remained perfect at home (5-0-0).
2012 HONORS -- Amanda LeCave has racked up the honors so far this season. She was named WCC Player of the Month for August (after three goals in four games) and was selected as the WCC's co-Player of the Week on Sept. 3 (after a school-record four goals vs. Indiana). LeCave was also named the L.A. Soccer News Net Women's Player of the Week for two straight weeks (Aug. 27 and Sept. 3), and to the TopDrawerSoccer.com Team of the Week (Aug. 27) ... Michelle Pao was named to the watch list for the prestigious MAC Hermann Trophy Award, given to the nation's top player ... Pao, Roxanne Barker and Lynn Williams were named to the preseason All-WCC team.
NCAA STATISTICS -- Nationally, Amanda LeCave ranks ninth in goals (nine), ninth in goals per game (0.9), 16th in game-winning goals (three) and 26th in points per game (1.8) ... Anisa Guajardo is fifth in assists per game (0.70) and 33rd in points per game (1.70) ... Michelle Pao is 11th in assists per game (0.60).
WCC STATISTICS -- The Waves lead the WCC in assists (2.0), are second in goals (2.20) and points (6.40) per game and fifth in goals-against average (1.20) ... Amanda LeCave leads the WCC in goals per game (0.90), points per game (1.80) and game-winning goals (three) ... Anisa Guajardo leads the conference in assists per game (0.70) and is second in points per game (1.70) ... Michelle Pao is tied for second in assists per game (0.60) ... Lynn Williams leads the league in shots (4.1) and is tied for eighth in points per game (1.00) ... Roxanne Barker is tied for sixth in saves per game (4.62), fourth in save percentage (.804) and shares third in goals-against average (1.12)
GAME RECORDS -- 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 Waves 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.
CAREER RECORDS -- Anisa Guajardo now has 22 goals for her career, good for sixth place in Pepperdine history. With 57 career points, she's in ninth place ... Roxanne Barker is second all-time in career goals-against average (0.82), victories (40), shutouts (27) and saves (259).
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 130-38-22. Going back to the 2009 season, the Waves are currently riding a 26-game home undefeated streak in regular-season matches. 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 entered the 2012 season with a 159-83-39 (.635) record and has had nine seasons of double-digit victories. His teams have posted 11 winning seasons, two WCC titles and six NCAA Tournament berths, including the Sweet 16 in 2002 and 2005. Ward has been with the women's soccer program for 19 of its 20 seasons, as he was an assistant coach from 1994-97 before being elevated to head coach.
SCHEDULE -- The Waves' difficult slate features seven teams that advanced to the 2011 NCAA Tournament. The Waves have a particularly tough road schedule, including nonconference road games at perennial favorites UCLA and Boston College. They will also play at Portland in conference play. The Waves will face top teams from the Pac-12, Big 10 and Southeastern Conferences. Pepperdine will play a total of nine home games.
WCC PRESEASON POLL -- The Waves were picked to finish second in the conference in a preseason vote of the league's coaches. The predicted order went as follows: Santa Clara, Pepperdine, San Diego, BYU, Portland, Saint Mary's, Loyola Marymount, San Francisco and Gonzaga. Santa Clara garnered seven first-place votes, with the Waves and Portland collecting one first-place vote apiece.
2011 IN REVIEW -- The Waves went 15-2-4 last season and were 7-1-0 in WCC play as they won their first WCC title since 2002 and second overall. The Waves finished the season ranked #10 nationally by the NSCAA. Pepperdine hosted an NCAA Tournament match for the first time, but fell to Long Beach State 1-0 in overtime. The Waves racked up the honors, including WCC Coach of the Year and NSCAA/Mondo West Region Coach of the Year for Tim Ward and WCC Freshman of the Year for Lynn Williams. Michelle Pao was also named a NSCAA All-America second teamer. Returning All-WCC selections include first teamer Pao, second teamers Williams, Roxanne Barker and Kelsea Smith and honorable mention selections Kristin DeGrandmont and Anisa Guajardo.
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 enrollment and is the only school not in a BCS-affiliated conference. 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 #54 overall on U.S. News and World Report's list of America's best colleges.