No. 15 Pepperdine Hosts LMU, Plays at San Diego
Waves Welcome Lions in Wells Fargo PCH Cup Battle Friday in a "PINK Match"
Oct. 17, 2012
MALIBU, Calif. — Pepperdine won its fifth straight with a 2-1 victory against No. 18 Santa Clara Sunday at Tari Frahm Rokus Field. Now the Waves turn their attention to a busy weekend, starting Friday, October 19 when crosstown rival Loyola Marymount visits for a West Coast Conference battle in the next installment of the Wells Fargo PCH Cup. Friday’s match will be a “PINK Match” to raise awareness and funds for the fight against breast cancer. Pepperdine travels south Sunday to take on league-leading San Diego in a noon start at Torero Stadium.
MATCH #15 — Friday (Oct. 19) at Tari Frahm Rokus Field: No. 15 Pepperdine (11-3-0, 2-0-0 WCC) vs. Loyola Marymount (7-5-2. 1-2-0 WCC) at 3:00 p.m.
On the Web: Live stats, streaming video (free)
MATCH #16 — Sunday (Oct. 21) at Torero Stadium: No. 15 Pepperdine (11-3-0, 2-0-0 WCC) vs. San Diego (7-7-0. 3-0-0 WCC) at 12:00 p.m.
On the Web: Live stats, streaming video (free)
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 — PepperdineSports.com is offering a free internet webcast of all home soccer games. Nick Law will have the call. Links to GameTracker/live stats will also be available. Fans can also follow @PeppSoccer on Twitter for updates.
RANKINGS — Pepperdine is ranked No. 15 by the NSCAA.
SCOUTING LOYOLA MARYMOUNT — Pepperdine leads the all-time series 10-5-5 dating to 1993. The Waves own a modest three match unbeaten streak, including a 2-0 road triumph last season behind goals from Karissa Garcia and Anisa Guajardo.
SCOUTING SAN DIEGO — Pepperdine trails the all-time series 8-9-2 in a series dating to 1993. The Waves took a 1-0 win last season at home on a goal from Laura Cole, snapping a three-game losing streak to the Toreros.
LAST WEEK — No. 17 Santa Clara returned for its first home match in more than three weeks and secured a 2-1 victory against No. 18 Santa Clara Sunday in West Coast Conference action at Tari Frahm Rokus Field. The Waves shook off a slow start to win their fifth consecutive match and improve to 6-0-0 at home. It was Pepperdine’s seventh straight home win against the Broncos.
BARKER HONORED — Senior goalkeeper Roxanne Barker (Irvine, Calif./Woodbridge HS) captured West Coast Conference Player of the Week honors and was named to the CollegeSoccer360.com Primetime Player list. Barker made six saves to preserve the Waves’ 2-1 victory vs. No 18 Santa Clara.
LECAVE MAKES MORE NOISE — Amanda LeCave scored her 10th goal of the season in double-overtime at Dartmouth, to give Pepperdine a 1-0 victory. LeCave reached 10 goals in just 12 matches this season, joining some elite company. The Pepperdine record for fastest to double-digits strikes is held by Kristi Bissonnette (1999-02), who registered 10 in 11 matches. LeCave equaled 2012 Pepperdine Hall of Fame inductee Jennifer Evans (1993-96), who twice scored 10 goals in 12 matches (1993 & 1995).
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 Wave 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.
JENNIFER EVANS SET FOR INDUCTION — Jennifer (Evans) Lilley will be the first women’s soccer player inducted into the Pepperdine Athletics Hall of Fame. The ceremony will be held at the Warner Center Marriott in Woodland Hills, Calif Sunday, October 21. Evans ranks #1 all-time in points (125), points per game (1.76), goals (54), goals per game (0.76) and shots (297)
ANOTHER LECAVE NOTE — So far this season, Amanda LeCave has 10 goals on 24 shots (.455) and 11 of her 24 attempts have been shots on goal. For her career, LeCave has 12 scoring strikes on 34 shots (.353).
CAREER RECORDS — Anisa Guajardo now has 23 goals for her career, good a share of fifth place in Pepperdine history with former standout Ali Pavoni (2001-04). With 60 career points, she’s in ninth place ... Roxanne Barker is the all-time leader in career goals-against average (0.79) and ranks second in victories (44), shutouts (29) and saves (280). Barker is two wins and two appearances from taking sole possession of the program records currently held by Anna Picarelli (2002-05).
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 27-game home undefeated streak in regular-season matches after defeating No. 18 Santa Clara Oct. 14. 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 recorded 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 part of Pepperdine soccer for 19 of 20 seasons, serving as an assistant coach (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.
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 (7), Pepperdine (1), San Diego, BYU, Portland (1), Saint Mary’s, Loyola Marymount, San Francisco and Gonzaga.
2011 IN REVIEW — The Waves went 15-2-4 in 2011 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.