Pepperdine with Friday Night Date at #4 UCLA
The Waves' women's soccer team has only one game this week, but it's a big one at No. 4 UCLA Friday night at Drake Stadium.
Week 7 Â September 29 - October 5, 2008
Friday, October 3 at 7 p.m. PT
Pepperdine (4-5-2, 0-0 WCC) vs. #4 UCLA (7-0-2, 0-0 Pac 10)
WAVES VS. UCLA AND THE PAC 10: The Waves head to #4 UCLA Friday for a 7 p.m. match with the Bruins, who are one of two top-five teams (the other is Portland) on the Waves’ 2008 schedule ... UCLA leads the all-time series 10-2-1 ... Pepperdine won the first two matches in this 15-year rivalry, and then lost 10 straight before last season’s 1-1 tie at Tari Frahm Rokus Field ... Sophia Medina scored the equalizer in 2007’s titanic struggle and Kayla Stolte came though with four saves ... Pepperdine is 18-18-6 all-time vs. the Pac 10, which includes a 1-1 vs. Arizona State earlier this season.
WAVES AMONG WCC LEADERS: Emily Wynne is ranked third with 34 shots and tied for seventh with three assists ... Amanda Rupp is second to Portland’s Danielle Foxhoven (24) with 18 points and Laura Cole is in a three-way tie for eighth with eight points ... With seven goals, Rupp is tied with San Diego’s Jen Mello for second behind Foxhoven’s 11 and her four assists place her in a three-way tie for third ... Kayla Stotle’s three shutouts are tied for second with three other goalkeepers and she’s third with a 1.14 goals-against average.
A MAGNIFICIENT SEVEN: Senior Amanda Rupp posted one of the very best individual performances in the history of Pepperdine soccer with her seven-point outing vs. Idaho State last Friday ... Rupp’s single-game effort matched that of former Wave Katie Desmond, who totaled seven points against the The Master’s on Oct. 12, 1998 ... Rupp scored two goals and provided three assists against the Bengals, increasing her team-best point total to 18 ... Rupp also led the Waves in scoring in 2007 with 15 points ... Rupp’s two-goal game was the first of her career, and her three assists tied a Pepperdine record held by four players ... Emily Wynne was the last Wave to serve up three assists in match, accomplishing this feat against Gonzaga on Nov. 3, 2006.
ONLY THE BEGINNING: Freshman Melissa Trammell found herself in the right place at the right time in scoring her first collegiate goal on her first career shot Friday afternoon against Idaho State ... With the announcer counting down the final 10 seconds of the first half, Trammell dug into the goalmouth and put back a Samantha Hire shot that deflected off the heel of a Bengal defender ... Trammell’s goal came with six ticks remaining on the clock and gave Pepperdine a 2-0 lead heading into the break.
PLAY IT AGAIN SAM: Lost in between Amanda Rupp’s record-breaking day and Melissa Trammell’s debut was Samantha Hire’s two-assist game ... Hire not only served up an assist to Trammell, but also helped put the game out of reach by delivering a perfect pass in the 51st minute to Rupp who raced the ball almost half the length of the field before beating the Idaho State goalkeeper in a one-vs.-one situation ... Hire’s two-assist match was the second of her career; she also provided two against Idaho in August of 2006.
CASE OF MISTAKEN IDENTITY: Freshmen Karissa Garcia, listed in every media guide, game-day program and stat roster as #23, is now wearing #24 ... Garcia made her collegiate debut Friday against
FROM GREAT TO GUH: The memories of Pepperdine’s phenomenal 6-0 performance over Idaho State were quickly wiped away following a 2-1 loss Sunday night at UC Irvine ... The Waves’ trailed most of the match until freshman Laura Cole banged home the equalizer in 77th minute from 30-yards away, energizing the Pepperdine bench ... But then, just 4 minutes and 5 seconds later, the Anteaters took the lead for good after a free kick taken outside the 18-yard box was redirected over the head of goalkeeper Kayla Stolte ... Pepperdine outshot UCI, 14-8, including 11-4 in the second half, but opposing netminder Erica Quevedo made five saves, plus two shots were blocked and two others hit the post.
WAVES AT TARI FRAHM ROKUS FIELD (4-3-1): The Waves are 101-34-17 (.720) in 15 seasons of playing at Tari Frahm Rokus Field, including a 4-3-4 mark in 2007 ... Pepperdine, which has yet to post a losing record at Rokus Field in any season, has recorded two unbeaten and four one-loss campaigns on its home pitch since the program’s inception in 1993 ... The Waves collected their 100th home victory on Sept. 14 with a 1-0 win over Washington State.
WAVES ON THE ROAD (0-2-1): Pepperdine is still in search of its first road victory of the season ... The Waves didn’t have a match away from Tari Frahm Rokus Field until Sept. 19 when they lost 3-1 at Wisconsin ... Luckily, Pepperdine was somewhat able to salvage its Midwest roadtrip by playing Marquette to a 0-0 tie ... The Waves last road victory was Oct. 11 at UC Santa Barbara, winning 2-1.
WAVES CRASH AWARDS’ STAGE: Amanda Rupp and Lacey Heck received a slew of national awards the week of Sept. 15 as result of their efforts in victories against Tennessee (9/12) and Washington State (9/14) ... Rupp was one of five forwards nationally to be named to the Soccer Buzz Magazine Elite Team of the Week, and was one of three tabbed to the Soccer America Team of the Week ... Heck, a goalkeeper, was named Player of the Week by both TopDrawerSoccer.com and the West Coast Conference.
THE HEAD COACH: The Waves are 119-64-29 (.630) under the direction of Tim Ward, who has served as Pepperdine’s skipper since 1998 ... Under Ward, the Waves have made the NCAA Tournament in five of the last seven years ... Ward has been with Pepperdine from nearly the beginning, as the program was established in 1993 and he became an assistant coach in 1994 before being elevated to the head position in 1998.
THE WAVES’ TRI-CAPTAINS: For 2008, the team captains are junior goalkeeper Kayla Stolte, senior midfielder Ashley Copp and junior forward Courtney Price ... The tri-captains were voted to their current position by their teammates just weeks before the start of the 2008 spring season ... Their leadership helped the Waves rebound from a disappointing 5-8-6 record in 2007, by guiding the club to an 8-1 mark against its exhibition opponents.
TICKETS FOR NEXT HOME GAME: Single-match tickets to all home women’s soccer games are $8 for adults, $5 for students and seniors and free to all Pepperdine students and faculty with an university ID ... Pepperdine’s next home match is Friday, Oct. 24 at 3 p.m. vs. San Diego.
ABOUT PEPPERDINE: Pepperdine boasts a one-of-a-kind athletic department with unprecedented success for a school of its size. The Waves have won a total of nine NCAA championships in five different men’s sports Â one of just 14 schools to have accomplished this feat. Of the 14, Pepperdine is the only non-BCS school and has by far the smallest enrollment. The majority of Pepperdine’s teams are ranked nationally year after year and compete for conference and national titles.