No. 18 Waves Travel to Pacific Northwest for WCC Tests

Michelle Pao and the Waves take on Portland and Gonzaga this weekend

Oct. 24, 2012

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MALIBU, Calif. — Pepperdine continues its final regular season road trip when it travels to the Pacific Northwest for a pair of matches, beginning Friday, October 26 at Portland. The Waves took a league split last weekend, falling at home to crosstown rival Loyola Marymount 3-0 before bouncing back for a convincing 2-0 road victory at San Diego. After taking on the Pilots at Merlo Field, Pepperdine wraps up its three-game WCC road trip with a Sunday matinee at Gonzaga.

MATCH #17 — Friday (Oct. 26) at Merlo Field: No. 18 Pepperdine (12-4-0, 3-1-0 WCC) at Portland (8-4-3, 2-1-1 WCC) at 7:00 p.m.
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MATCH #18 — Sunday (Oct. 28) at Gonzaga Soccer Stadium: No. 18 Pepperdine (12-4-0, 3-1-0 WCC) at Gonzaga (6-9-0, 0-4-1 WCC) at 1:00 p.m.
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RANKINGS — Pepperdine is ranked No. 18 by the NSCAA.

SCOUTING PORTLAND — Portland leads the all-time series 14-3-1 dating to 1994. The Waves beat the Pilots for the first time since 2002 in a 2-1 victory in Malibu last season behind goals from Lynn Williams and Laura Cole.

SCOUTING GONZAGA — Pepperdine owns a 13-5-1 lead in a series dating to 1993. The Waves took a 1-0 win last season at home on a goal from Ally Holtz.

LAST WEEK — Pepperdine saw two streaks come to an end last Friday when crosstown rival Loyola Marymount took a 3-0 victory in a Wells Fargo PCH Cup match in Malibu. A five-match winning streak and a 27-match home regular season string were halted by the Lions. Pepperdine rallied in impressive fashion and took a dominating 2-0 shutout victory at San Diego, dispatching the Toreros for the second time in 2012. Anisa Guajardo (Clovis, Calif./Clovis HS) and Mandy Davis (Danville, Calif./San Ramon HS) scored to lead the way, while Roxanne Barker (Irvine, Calif./Woodbridge HS) collected her sixth shutout of the year.

BARKER MATCHES ALL-TIME MARKS — Senior goalkeeper Roxanne Barker (Irvine, Calif./Woodbridge HS) collected her 45th career win Sunday at San Diego and matched the program wins record in the process. Former standout Anna Picarelli (2002-05) also registered 45 wins and owns the all-time record for shutouts (32), two ahead of Barker.

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.

HALL-OF-FAMER JENNIFER EVANS — Jennifer (Evans) Lilley became the first women’s soccer player inducted into the Pepperdine Athletics Hall of Fame Sunday, October 21 at the Woodland Hills Marriott. Evans ranks No. 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 24 goals for her career, good for fifth place in Pepperdine history and her 62 career points rates sixth ... Roxanne Barker shares the all-time lead in career goals-against average (0.81) and victories (45) and rates second in shutouts (30) and saves (283). 

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 130-39-22. The Waves posted a 27-game home undefeated regular season streak snapped by Loyola Marymount, 3-0 Oct. 19. 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.

The Last Meeting
October 30, 2011
Malibu, Calif.
No. 3 Waves Fight to 2-1 Home Victory Over Portland
No. 3 Pepperdine scored two goals late in the first half to earn a come-from-behind victory over visiting Portland 2-1 on Sunday afternoon. The tying goal was scored by freshman Lynn Williams and the go-ahead goal was netted by Laura Cole off a penalty kick. With the win the Waves get back on track to winning ways and are 14-1-4 on the season and 6-1-0 in West Coast Conference play.

The Last Meeting
October 21, 2011
Malibu, Calif.
No. 4 Waves Earn Fourth WCC Shutout in 1-0 Victory Over Gonzaga
The No. 4 Pepperdine women's soccer squad held onto a 1-0 shutout victory over West Coast Conference foe Gonzaga on Friday at Tari Frahm Rokus Field. Freshman forward Ally Holtz's second half goal proved to be the difference for the Waves in the win.

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.



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