No. 3 Waves Set for WCC Showdown at No. 10 Santa Clara and Home Match Against Portland
Friday's match at Santa Clara is a battle of top 10, conference undefeated teams.
Oct. 26, 2011
MALIBU, Calif. -- Pepperdine is unbeaten through 17 games this season, the longest unbeaten streak in one season in Waves history. The Waves will carry their 13-0-4 record overall and 5-0-0 record in West Coast Conference play into a huge late-season conference test. The squad will travel to No. 10 Santa Clara, also unbeaten in conference play, for a showdown on Friday at 5 p.m. The Broncos are the second-highest ranked team the Waves have faced all season, after tying then-No. 4 UCLA 1-1. On Sunday the Waves will return to Tari Frahm Rokus Field to host another power in Portland. The Pilots are 7-8-1 going into this weekend of action.
MATCH #18 -- Friday (Oct. 28) No. 3 Pepperdine at No. 10 Santa Clara, Buck Shaw Stadium, 5 p.m. PT
MATCH #19 -- Sunday (Oct. 30) Portland at No. 3 Pepperdine, Tari Frahm Rokus Field, 1 p.m. PT
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. An all-sports pass, which provides admission to all Pepperdine sporting events, with the exception of men's basketball, is $100. Call the Ticket Office at (866) WAVE-TIX for more information. Pets are not allowed in ticketed areas.
CLUB SOCCER DAYS -- Sunday's match vs. Portland is a Club Soccer Day at the Waves' game. Players may attend the game free of charge if they fill out the application form at least two days prior to the match. There will also be an autograph session following the game. The form is available at: http://www.pepperdinesports.com/tickets/pepp-w-soccer-tickets.html
ON THE WEB -- Live internet statistics via Gametracker will be available for all home matches at www.pepperdinesports.com.
LAST TIME OUT -- The Waves defeated Gonzaga 1-0 at Tari Frahm Rokus Field with freshman forward Ally Holtz putting away her first career game-winner. On Sunday the Waves travelled to Saint Mary's to face a tough Gael squad. The Waves went ahead on goals by senior forward Laura Cole and freshman forward Amanda LeCave in the first half. LeCave's first career goal proved to be the game-winner, as the Gaels put away a late goal and the game finished with a 2-1 score. Junior goalkeeper Roxanne Barker made six saves over both victories.
SETTING RECORDS -- Now 17 games into the season, the Waves are undefeated at 13-0-4, setting a new school undefeated streak stemming back to last season at 18 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 fifth straight week and have climbed into the top five at No. 3 in the NSCAA poll. In the Soccer Times poll, the Waves are ranked No. 6 and in the Soccer America poll, they come in at No. 10. The Waves remain one of only five Division I women's soccer teams still undefeated on the season.
SANTA CLARA-- The Broncos, ranked No. 10 nationally in the NSCAA poll are 11-1-5 on the season and 4-0-1 in WCC play. The squad is led by Julie Johnston and Sophia Huerta, as they have netted nine and seven goals, respectively. Senior goalkeeper Bianca Henninger has started 15 games this season, making 52 saves and allowing only 10 goals. Henninger was an NSCAA First Team All-American and WCC first team selection in 2010. Senior forward Bridgett Miller was named WCC Player of the Week last week after scoring game-winners against Gonzaga and Portland.
ON THE RECORD -- This is the highest ever ranking for Pepperdine in a meeting against Santa Clara. The previous high was when the Waves were ranked No. 7 for a showdown in Santa Clara on Oct. 19, 2003. The Broncos lead the all-time series record 11-6-0. The Waves won last season's matchup at Tari Frahm Rokus Field, 3-2. In 2009 the Waves lost 1-0 in overtime to the Broncos at Buck Shaw Stadium. Overall, the Waves have never won at Buck Shaw Stadium.
PORTLAND -- The Pilots come into the week with a 7-8-1 overall record and a 2-3 record in WCC action. Star forward Danielle Foxhaven leads the team with six goals scored and three other players, Micaela Capelle, Amanda Frisbie and Kaila Cameli have four goals each. The Pilots are coming off a 1-0 double-overtime victory at San Francisco on Sunday and a 2-1 loss at home to then-No. 12 Santa Clara on Friday. Before the travel to Malibu, the Pilots will visit Loyola Marymount on Friday in a 3 p.m. start.
ON THE RECORD -- Overall the Pilots lead in head-to-head matchups 14-2-1. The last time the Waves defeated the Pilots was in a 2-0 victory on the road in 2002. In 2005 at Tari Frahm Rokus Field the teams played to a 1-1 draw. The only time the Waves have defeated the Pilots in Malibu was in 1997 when they won 1-0.
TOPDRAWERSOCCER.COM TEAM OF THE WEEK -- For the second-straight week junior goalkeeper Roxanne Barkerwas named to the Team of the Week. She earned her eighth shutout of the season and only had two make two saves overall in a 1-0 victory over Gonzaga. Barker now sits alone in second place in the Pepperdine career solo shutouts category with 23 so far on her career.
IN THE STATS -- As a team, the Waves lead the conference in points (95), points per game (5.59), goals against (9), goals against average (.50), shutouts (9) and is second in assists (27). Individually, JR F Anisa Guajardo is first in goals (9), goals per game (.56) and is tied for second in game-winning goals (3). FR F Lynn Williams leads in the shots category (64) and shots per game (4.00). JR GK Roxanne Barkerleads with goals against average (0.51), save percentage (0.882) and shutouts (8) and shutouts per game (0.47). In the nation Barker's goals against average of .51 ranks 13th and her save percentage is also 13th. Nationally the Waves rank 11th with a goals-against average of .503 and 10th with a save percentage of .883.
SCORING -- Wave strikers have gotten right to work in 2011, with four starting forwards netting a combined 23 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 nine 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 five 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 13 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).
COLE -- Stemming back to last season the Waves are undefeated at 10-0-2 when senior forward Laura Colescores a goal. For the 2010 season the team was 6-0-1 when Cole found the back of the net and so far this season the Waves are 4-0-1 with Cole scoring.
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.
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.
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 121-37-21. Through seven games this season, the Waves are 6-0-1. Stemming back to the 2009 season, the Waves are currently riding a 19-game undefeated streak at home.
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.
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.