Women's Soccer at Home Against Gonzaga This Week
The Waves have not allowed a goal in WCC play this season.
This Week: The No. 17 Pepperdine women’s soccer team stays returns to Malibu for its lone game this week, taking on Gonzaga on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Game #13: Sunday (Oct. 15) at Tari Frahm Rokus Field in Malibu, Calif.: Pepperdine (9-2-2, 3-0-0) vs. Gonzaga (10-3-1, 2-2-0) at 1 p.m.
Multimedia: Sunday’s game will be broadcast live on TheW.tv. Links to the broadcast and live stats will be available on the Pepperdine soccer schedule page at PepperdineWaves.com. Fans can follow @WavesSoccer on Twitter for live, in-game updates.
Series vs. Gonzaga: Pepperdine leads, 17-5-2. The Waves are 10-2 at home against the Bulldogs and have not lost to Gonzaga since 2010, going 5-0-1 in that span.
Last Week: The Waves played one game against PCH Cup rival LMU, beating the Lions 1-0 on the road thanks to a 74th minute goal from Calista Reyes. LMU was the second highest ranked team in the WCC coming into the game.
On a Roll: Pepperdine is unbeaten in its last seven games, going 6-0-1 during that stretch. The Waves have also not allowed a goal in its last four games, including all three WCC matchups so far.
On the Defensive: The Pepperdine defense has been stellar this year, giving up just five goals in 13 games and posting eight shutouts. The Waves currently have a 434 minute scoreless streak going and had a 338 minute scoreless streak snapped earlier in the year. The team’s 0.37 goals against average ranks 6th in the country and first in the WCC.
Waves in the Rankings: Pepperdine busted into the national rankings last week at No. 18 in the coaches poll and moved up to No. 17 this week. The Waves also sit at No. 22 in the Top Drawer Soccer rankings, No. 25 in the Soccer America Rankings and are No. 15 in RPI. Pepperdine is ranked fourth in the West Region coaches poll.
Beating the Broncos: Pepperdine’s 5-0 win at Santa Clara marked the team’s largest offensive output of the season and also gave the Waves their first-ever road win in the series between the teams. Neither team had won a road game in the series since 2000. The 5-0 victory was also the worst loss at home for the perennial powerhouse since 2008.
Drawing the Bruins: Pepperdine picked up a thrilling draw at top-ranked UCLA earlier this year, breaking a seven-game win streak for the then undefeated Bruins. Jamie Van Horn scored the equalizing goal in the 77th minute and Brielle Preece made a career-high nine saves.
The Road Ahead: Pepperdine hits the road again next week for its final two road games of the regular season, before closing WCC play with three games at home.
WCC Preseason Poll: Pepperdine was selected to finish third in the WCC Preseason Poll. Santa Clara edged BYU for the top spot in the poll. Bri Visalli was also named to the preseason all-conference team. It was the third straight year the Waves have been picked to finish third in the WCC preseason poll. Pepperdine outperformed that prediction last year with a WCC Championship.
2017 Roster: Pepperdine returns 18 players from its 2016 roster and brings in an 11-player freshman class. The Waves lost 10 players from last year’s roster.
WCC Title: Pepperdine is coming off of its third WCC title last year. The Waves won their previous titles in 2011 and in 2002 before that. Pepperdine and BYU shared the championship with 7-1-1 records, but the Waves earned the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament by beating the Cougars in their lone meeting last year.
25th Anniversary: Pepperdine women’s soccer is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year and to commemorate the program’s silver season, the Waves are releasing messages on social media from various alumni. To check out the messages follow the Waves on @WavesSoccer via Twitter, Pepperdine Women’s Soccer on Facebook or head to PepperdineWaves.com.
Tim Ward: Ward picked up his fourth WCC Coach of the Year award and second in the last three years in 2016 and now heads into his 20th year at the helm for Pepperdine. He guided the Waves to a third conference title and ninth NCAA Tournament appearance last year. Ward now has 219 career wins as the winningest coach in program history. He has overseen 15 winning seasons and has led the Waves to 13 10-win seasons and nine years with at least 12 wins.
About Pepperdine University: 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 18 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 #46 overall on U.S. News and World Report’s list of America’s best colleges.