Women's Soccer Season Reaches Conclusion
At 7-9-2 (2-3 WCC), Pepperdine's women's soccer team is set on winning its last two matches to finish the year at .500 and 4-3 within the West Coast Conference.
Week 11 Â October 27 - Nov. 8, 2008
Sunday, November 2 at 1 p.m. PT
Pepperdine (7-9-2, 2-3 WCC) at Saint Mary’s (8-7-2, 1-3-1 WCC)
Saturday, November 8 at 1 p.m. PT
Pepperdine (7-9-2, 2-3 WCC) vs.
UP NORTH TO MORAGA: Pepperdine begins its final week of competition with a road game Sunday, Nov. 2 at Saint Mary’s ... The Waves trail in their all-time series with the Gaels, 5-6-3, but haven’t lost to the Navy, Red and Silver outright since 2001 ... Pepperdine has won the last two meetings in this series and four of the last six ... Last year, the Waves had one of their biggest days on offense against the Gaels as five different players scored in a 5-1 home victory.
HOME AND SEASON FINALE VS. SAN FRANCISCO: Pepperdine’s final match of the 2008 campaign is slated for Saturday Â not Sunday Â Nov. 8 at 1 p.m. vs. San Francisco ... The Waves trail in their all-time series vs. the Dons, 7-8, but won last year’s meeting, 2-0 ... Pepperdine’s win against USF was its first since 2003.
REMEMBER THE SENIORS: Pepperdine’s 2008 senior class will be honored during a pre-game ceremony prior to the match vs. San Francisco ... This year’s senior class, which features Kelsey Baker, Michaela Carrera, Ashley Copp, Samantha Hire, Amanda Rupp, Kayla Stolte and Emily Wynne, has guided Pepperdine to a 38-27-14 record and one NCAA postseason appearance over the past four years.
TOREROS WIN AGAIN AT TARI FRAHM: #16 San Diego escaped Tari Frahm Rokus Field with a 1-0 victory over the Waves last Friday, improving their 2008 season record in Malibu to 3-0 ... USD also won matches vs. Iowa (1-0) and Northwestern (3-2) earlier this year at September’s Pepperdine Nike Challenge ... Against the Waves, the Toreros received the game-winner from Ashley Kirk just inside the 25th minute off a set piece, and their goalkeeper Brittany Cameron came through with six saves in the shutout.
EARLY GOALS BUCKLE BRONCOS: First-half goals from Alexis Farler and Amanda Rupp were enough to hold off Santa Clara in Pepperdine’s 2-1 victory over the Broncos last Sunday ... Farler’s goal was her first of 2008, but it was the ninth for Rupp ... Rupp also assisted on Farler’s score, giving the senior her eighth multi-point match of the season ... Sophia Medina, Ashley Copp and Myriah Stockman also contributed assists ... Kayla Stolte made four saves, including three in the second half as SCU launched seven shots ... Stolte’s lone miss was a Katherine Reynolds’ penalty kick in the 48th minute.
RUPP REACHES 50-POINT PLATEAU: Amanda Rupp’s three-point game Sunday vs. Santa Clara lifted her career point total to 50 ... Rupp is one of 10 Pepperdine soccer players to attain this milestone and the first since Lindsey Redlin, who reached this level in 2006 ... Redlin finished her career with 54 points, which is the ninth-highest total in school history ... Jennifer Evans, who played from 1993-96, is Pepperdine’s all-time leading scorer with 125 points on 54 goals and 17 assists.
CAREER MILESTONE WATCH: Amanda Rupp needs two more goals to become the ninth Wave to reach 20 in a career ... Emily Wynne needs one assist to reach 20 for her career and seven points to join Rupp in the 50-point club ... With 19 career assists, Wynne currently ranks fourth all-time at Pepperdine in this category behind only Lacey Ubaldi (24), Kristi Bissonnette (23) and Megan Woods (23) ... Sophia Medina needs one more goal to reach 10, and Samantha Hire is an assist shy of 10 as well.
WAVES AMONG WCC LEADERS: Senior Emily Wynne leads the conference with 60 shots and is in a five-person tie for sixth with four assists ... Senior Amanda Rupp is fourth in the WCC with 51 shots, second to Portland’s Danielle Foxhoven (30) with 24 points, is tied for second with San Diego’s Jen Mello with nine goals (Foxhoven leads with 14), and sits in fourth place with sixth assists ... Freshman Laura Cole is in a four-way tie for 10th in the conference with four goals ... Goalkeeper Kayla Stolte is fifth in the WCC with 62 saves and four shutouts and ranks third with a 1.07 goals-against average.
WAVES WITHIN THE WEST COAST CONFERENCE (2-3): Pepperdine, currently in a tie for fourth place with Gonzaga, was projected to finish fifth in the 2008 WCC standings according to a preseason poll voted on by the conference’s coaches ... First-place Portland led the way with 49 points and seven first-place votes, and were followed by Santa Clara with 42 points and one first-place vote ... The Broncos have been a disappointment this season with a 4-11-3 record and 1-3-1 conference mark.
WAVES AT TARI FRAHM ROKUS FIELD (5-4-1): The Waves are 102-35-17 (.718) in 15 seasons of playing at Tari Frahm Rokus Field, including a 4-3-4 mark in 2007 ... Pepperdine, which has yet to post a losing record at Rokus Field in any season, has recorded two unbeaten and four one-loss campaigns on its home pitch since the program’s inception in 1993 ... The Waves collected their 100th home victory on Sept. 14, 2008 with a 1-0 win over Washington State.
WAVES ON THE ROAD (2-5-1): Pepperdine finished its three-week road trip from Sept. 28 to Oct. 19 with a 2-4 record ... The Waves won games at Cal State Bakersfield (2-1) and Gonzaga (2-0) but suffered all one-goal defeats at UC Irvine (2-1), #4 UCLA (1-0), Loyola Marymount (1-0) and #3 Portland (2-1) ... What made this road swing even more frustrating was that matches at Irvine, LMU and Portland were all lost following the 80th minute.
TICKETS FOR NEXT HOME GAME: Single-match tickets to all home women’s soccer games are $8 for adults, $5 for students and seniors and free to all Pepperdine students and faculty with an university ID ... Pepperdine’s next home match is Saturday, Nov. 8 vs. San Francisco at 1 p.m.
THE HEAD COACH: The Waves are 122-68-29 (.623) under the direction of Tim Ward, who has served as Pepperdine’s skipper since 1998 ... Under Ward, the Waves have made the NCAA Tournament in five of the last seven years ... Ward has been with Pepperdine from nearly the beginning, as the program was established in 1993 and he became an assistant coach in 1994 before being elevated to the head position in 1998.
THE WAVES’ TRI-CAPTAINS: For 2008, the team captains are junior goalkeeper Kayla Stolte, senior midfielder Ashley Copp and junior forward Courtney Price ... The tri-captains were voted to their current position by their teammates just weeks before the start of the 2008 spring season ... Their leadership helped the Waves rebound from a disappointing 5-8-6 record in 2007, by guiding the club to an 8-1 mark against its exhibition opponents.
ACADEMIC All-AMERICA NOMINEES: Congratulations are in order for Ashley Copp, Kelly Reilly, Amanda Rupp and Kayla Stolte, all of whom were nominated earlier this month for Academic All-America ... This title, one of the most prestigious in all of college athletics, is sponsored by ESPN The Magazine and organized through CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America ... To be nominated, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) at his/her current institution ... No student-athlete is eligible until he/she has completed one full calendar year at his/her current institution and has reached sophomore athletic eligibility.
WAVES CRASH AWARDS’ STAGE: Amanda Rupp and Lacey Heck received a slew of national awards the week of Sept. 15 as result of their efforts in victories against Tennessee (9/12) and Washington State (9/14) ... Rupp was one of five forwards nationally to be named to the Soccer Buzz Magazine Elite Team of the Week, and was one of three tabbed to the Soccer America Team of the Week ... Heck, a goalkeeper, was named Player of the Week by both TopDrawerSoccer.com and the West Coast Conference.
200 SAVES FOR STOLTE: Kayla Stolte’s eight-save night against UCLA on Oct. 3 gave her 200-plus for her career ... Stolte currently ranks third all-time at Pepperdine with 229 career saves, trailing only Anna Picarelli (319) and Sumon Nicole (239) ... Earlier this season, Stolte passed Dianna Prince (187) and Lindsey Brouillette (170) for third and fourth place.
A MAGNIFICENT SEVEN: Senior Amanda Rupp posted one of the very best individual performances in the history of Pepperdine soccer with her seven-point outing vs. Idaho State on Sept. 26 ... Rupp’s single-game effort matched that of former Wave Katie Desmond, who totaled seven points against the The Master’s on Oct. 12, 1998 ... Rupp scored two goals and provided three assists against the Bengals, increasing her team-best point total to 18 ... Rupp also led the Waves in scoring in 2007 with 15 points ... Rupp’s two-goal game was the first of her career, and her three assists tied a Pepperdine record held by four players ... Prior to Rupp, Emily Wynne had been the last Wave to serve up three assists in match, accomplishing this feat against Gonzaga on Nov. 3, 2006.
PRIZED RECRUITS: Pepperdine’s recruiting class was ranked 34th in the nation (out of 320 programs) and ninth in the West Region (out of 49 teams) by Soccer Buzz Magazine ... Head coach Tim Ward’s 2008 recruiting class includes Soccer Buzz Top 100 recruit and defender Kelsea Smith as well as Top 200 recruits forward Laura Cole and defender/midfielder Myriah Stockman ... As a conference, the WCC ranked fourth (out of 31) in the Soccer Buzz conference team rankings behind only the ACC, Big Ten and Pac 10.
ABOUT PEPPERDINE: Pepperdine boasts a one-of-a-kind athletic department with unprecedented success for a school of its size. The Waves have won a total of nine NCAA championships in five different men’s sports Â one of just 14 schools to have accomplished this feat. Of the 14, Pepperdine is the only non-BCS school and has by far the smallest enrollment. The majority of Pepperdine’s teams are ranked nationally year after year and compete for conference and national titles.