No. 5 Waves Set for Wells Fargo PCH Cup Showdown with Rival Loyola Marymount
Waves and Lions will kick at 12 p.m. on Sunday at Sullivan Field on the campus of LMU.
Oct. 12, 2011
MALIBU, Calif.-- No. 5 Pepperdine is set to travel to Westchester to take on crosstown rival Loyola Marymount at 12 p.m. PT on Sunday (Oct. 16). The Waves remain undefeated on the season at 10-0-4 and sit atop the West Coast Conference standings at 2-0. Loyola Marymount is 6-5-2 overall and 0-1-1 in conference play. The Waves jumped into the top five nationally for the first time since 2003 and are one of only six Division I women's soccer programs still undefeated on the season.
LAST TIME OUT -- After a 10 day layoff, the No. 5 Waves picked up right where they left off, earning a 1-0 victory in the WCC opener at Tari Frahm Rokus Field against San Diego. The win marked the first time the Waves have defeated the Toreros since 2006 and was the first WCC opener win for the team since 2005. Laura Cole netted the lone goal in the game for her fourth of the season. On Saturday in the first WCC match at BYU, freshman Lynn Williams put the Waves up 1-0 in the second minute of action. Her fifth goal of the season turned out to be the game-winner, as the Waves defeated BYU on the road, 1-0.
SETTING RECORDS-- Now 14 games into the season, the Waves are undefeated at 10-0-4, setting a new school undefeated streak stemming back to last season at 15 games. The next three-best undefeated records include: 2002 - 12 games (10-0-2) 2001 - 11 games (8-0-3) 2005 - 10 games (9-0-1)
IN THE RANKINGS-- The Waves remain in the top 10 for the fourth straight week and have climbed into the top five at No. 5 in the NSCAA poll. In the Soccer Times poll, the Waves are ranked No. 10 and in the Soccer America poll, they come in at No. 16.
LOYOLA MARYMOUNT -- The Lions are in search of their first WCC victory, as they lost at San Francisco 2-1 last Friday and tied Gonzaga 0-0 in double overtime at home on Sunday. The 6-5-2 Lions are led by sophomore forward Tawni Martino who has netted four goals and added two assists so far on the seson. She leads the team with 10 points. Sophomore goalkeeper Brittany Jagger has four shutouts so far this season had a career-high 13 saves against UCLA. The Lions and the Waves have played four common non-conference opponents this season. They defeated Long Island 3-0, tied Fresno State 0-0, beat Cal State Fullerton 1-0 and lost to UCLA 3-1.
ON THE RECORD-- Overall the Waves lead the all-time series 9-5-5. The past two years the Waves and Lions have played to draws through double overtime. At LMU the Waves are 3-3-4 all-time. Last year on the road the two teams played to a 1-1 tie through double overtime. The last time the Waves beat the Lions on the road was in 1996, when they won 2-1 in overtime.
WELLS FARGO PCH CUP-- Separated by 19.1 miles of scenic coastline, longtime crosstown rivals Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount have come together in an effort to boost their decades-long rivalry with the creation of the Wells Fargo Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) Challenge. The series, which is in its third year, serves as an annual scorecard for the NCAA-sponsored athletic contests between the Waves and Lions, and challenges each institution to rise above the other within the West Coast Conference. The Waves have won the Wells Fargo PCH Cup Challenge the past two seasons. LMU and Pepperdine will be represented by over 12 of their intercollegiate athletic teams through both regular and post-season competitions over the course of the academic calendar. Any head-to-head competition, including matches in the post-season and tournaments throughout the year, will be counted toward the scoring and added to the scorecard as they occur. For the sports in which the two teams do not meet head-to-head, the teams will battle for points that will be awarded on the basis of overall finish at their respective post-season championships. The Waves have won each of the first two competitions, and currently lead the Lions, 3-0-0, in 2011-12.
WCC PLAYER OF THE MONTH -- Junior forward Anisa Guajardo has led the Waves and the WCC with eight goals this season and for her efforts was named WCC women's soccer Player of the Month. In her previous two seasons in Malibu she had scored a total of eight goals. She also leads the conference with 0.62 goals per game. She has netted three game-winning goals, with two coming against 2010 NCAA Tournament participants California and Illinois.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK -- For her game-winning goal against San Diego and her assist on the game-winning goal at BYU, senior forward Laura Cole was named WCC Player of the Week for the second time this season, also the second of her career. Cole becomes the first Wave women's soccer player to earn two Player of the Week honors in one season. Overall the Waves have won three weekly conference honors so far this season, which is the most of any year. For her efforts Cole was also named SoccerSavings.com/Soccer News Los Angeles Women's College Player of the Week.
IN THE STATS -- As a team, the Waves lead the conference in goals (29), goals per game (2.07), points (81), goals against average (.53) , goals against (8) and is second in assists (23) and shots (202). Individually, FR F Lynn Williams sits atop the rankings in mulitple categories, including assists (7), assists per game (.54), shots (53), and shots per game (4.08). JR F Anisa Guajardo is first in goals (8) and goals per game (.62). JR GK Roxanne Barkerleads with goals against average (0.54) and save percentage (0.881).
SCORING -- Wave strikers have gotten right to work in 2011, with four starting forwards netting a combined 21 goals. JR F Anisa Guajardo has scored two goals in a game twice this season, once at California (8/19) and at home against Michigan (9/4) and leads the team with eight goals. FR F Lynn Williams has scored five goals for the Waves, including what proved to be the game-tying goal on against UCLA and the game-winner against BYU. SR F Laura Cole has scored four goals for the Waves. JR F Michelle Manning has also scored four goals on the season.
LINEUPS -- The 2011 Waves feature an excellent mix of experienced letterwinners and newcomers ready to make an impact. Seven freshmen made their collegiate debuts in F Lynn Williams, F Amanda LeCave, MF Micaela Cervantes, MF Ally Holtz, MF Kristine Hilliard, D Jackie Pedrazza and D Nikki McKee. Williams has made 12 starts for the Waves so far this season. LeCave saw her first colleigate start against Long Island. Holtz saw her first collegiate start on Sept. 23 against Lamar.
2011 ROSTER-- The Waves bring back 15 of 24 letterwinners (including nine of 11 starters) as well as one redshirt, while 10 newcomers complete the roster. Returning players account for 25 of the 26 goals (96%) and 13 of the 19 assists (68%). The roster consists of four seniors, seven juniors, four sophomores, one redshirt freshman and 10 true freshmen.
2011 HONORS --Sophomore defender Michelle Pao was named to the 2011 preseason All-WCC squad. She picked up WCC All-Freshman honors and All-WCC first team honors in 2010, becoming the first freshman to be named first team since 1996. For her part in preserving a shutout against Arizona, JR GK Roxanne Barker was named SoccerSavings.com/LA Soccer News Women's College Player of the Week for the week ending August 21. After collecting 10 saves against UCLA to preserve the double-overtime tie, Barker was then named to collegesoccer360.com's Primetime Players of the Week list. SR F Laura Cole was bestowed with the honor of WCC Player of the Week (Sept. 12) after being named Offensive MVP of the LSU Invitational. She was also named SoccerSavings.com/LA Soccer News Women's College Player of the Week. JR F Michelle Manningwas named WCC Player of the Week (Sept. 19) after a two-goal performance against UC Santa Barbara. Guajardo was named the WCC Player of the Month for September after netting eight goals to start the season. Cole earned her second WCC Player of the Week honor (Oct. 10) and was named SoccerSavings.com/LA Soccer News Women's College Player of the Week (Oct. 11).
SCHEDULE-- 10 of Pepperdine's 20 matches come against teams that posted a .500 record or better in 2009, and eight advanced to the NCAA Tournament. 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 sixth in the conference in a preseason vote of the league's coaches. The predicted order went as follows: Portland, Santa Clara and BYU tied for second, San Diego, Loyola Marymount, Pepperdine, Saint Mary's and Gonzaga and San Francisco tied for eighth.
Tim Ward -- Part of the program from nearly the beginning, Tim Wardis in his 14th season as the Waves' head coach. He enters the 2011 season with a 144-81-35 (.621) record with eight seasons of double-digit victories. His teams have posted ten winning seasons and five NCAA Tournament berths, including the Sweet 16 in 2002 and 2005. Ward has been with the women's soccer program for 18 of its 19 seasons, as he was an assistant coach from 1994-97 before being elevated to head coach.
HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE-- The Waves are always extra tough at Tari Frahm Rokus field, owning an all-time record of 120-37-21. Through six games this season, the Waves are 5-0-1. Stemming back to the 2009 season, the Waves are currently riding a 18-game undefeated streak at home.
2010 IN REVIEW -- The Waves went 9-6-5 last season. Pepperdine narrowly missed out on an NCAA Tournament berth after finishing 2-3-2 in the WCC, good for a tie for fifth place. Michelle Pao made the NSCAA All-West Region second team, All-WCC first team and WCC All-Freshman honors. Roxanne Barker, Laura Cole, Kristin DeGrandmont, Kelsea Smith and Myriah Stockmanall received All-WCC honorable mention nods.
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 major 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 #55 overall on U.S. News and World Report's list of America's best colleges. The 2011-12 school year marks Pepperdine's 75th anniversary.