Waves Host Saint Mary's and BYU to Close 2012 Regular Season
Pepperdine Battles Gaels Thursday and No. 4 Cougars Saturday
Oct. 31, 2012
THIS WEEK — Pepperdine closes the 2012 West Coast Conference campaign and the regular season this weekend with a pair of league matches, beginning Thursday, Nov. 1 against Saint Mary’s. The Waves then welcome No. 4 Brigham Young to Malibu in Saturday’s finale. Prior to the match against the Cougars, Pepperdine will honor the careers of its seven-member senior class in a special ceremony.
MATCH #19 — Thursday (Nov. 1) at Tari Frahm Rokus Field: No. 24 Pepperdine (13-5-0, 4-2-0 WCC) vs. Saint Mary’s (6-10-2, 1-5-0 WCC) at 7:00 p.m.
On the Web: Live stats, streaming video (free)
MATCH #20 — Saturday (Nov. 3) at Tari Frahm Rokus Field: No. 24 Pepperdine (13-5-0, 4-2-0 WCC) vs. No. 4 Brigham Young (16-1-1, 5-0-1 WCC) at 1:00 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. 24 by the NSCAA.
SCOUTING SAINT MARY’S — Pepperdine leads the all-time series 9-6-3 dating to 1994. The Waves own a six match winning streak against the Gaels, including a 2-1 victory last season behind goals from Laura Cole and Amanda LeCave.
SCOUTING BRIGHAM YOUNG — Pepperdine owns a 2-1-0 lead in a three-game series dating to 1995. The Waves took a 1-0 win last season on an early goal from Lynn Williams during the Cougars inaugural year of competition in the WCC.
LAST WEEK — Pepperdine dropped a tough 3-1 West Coast Conference decision at perennial power Portland before bouncing back for a convincing 1-0 shutout victory at Gonzaga on Sunday. Anisa Guajardo (Clovis, Calif./Buchanan HS) scored against the Pilots off an assist from goalkeeper Roxanne Barker (Irvine, Calif./Woodbridge HS). Lynn Williams (Fresno, Calif./Bullard HS) scored her fifth goal of the year and third game-winner against the Zags.
BARKER SETS CAREER WINS RECORD — Senior goalkeeper Roxanne Barker (Irvine, Calif./Woodbridge HS) collected her 46th career win Sunday at Gonzaga and set the program wins record in the process. Anna Picarelli (2002-05) held the previous mark with 45 wins and owns the all-time record for shutouts (32), one ahead of Barker.
SENIOR SALUTE — Seven Waves will make their final regular season appearance Saturday, November 3 against No. 4 Brigham Young. Join Pepperdine soccer in celebrating the careers of Roxanne Barker (Irvine, Calif./Woodbridge HS), Anisa Guajardo (Clovis, Calif./Buchanan HS), Jennifer Karson (Frazier Park, Calif./Frazier Park HS), Callie Payetta (Huntington Beach, Calif./Huntington Beach HS), Ana Pontes (Houston, Texas/Clear Lake HS), Katie Rivers (Vancouver, Wash./Mountain View HS) and Kelsea Smith(Camarillo, Calif./Oaks Christian HS). The Waves will honor this special group in a pregame ceremony.
CAREER RECORDS — Anisa Guajardo now has 25 goals for her career, good for fifth place in Pepperdine history and her 64 career points rates sixth ... Roxanne Barker owns the all-time lead in career victories (46) and rates second in shutouts (31), goals-against average (0.83) and saves (297).
NO SENSE WASTING GOALS — Pepperdine dropped a 3-1 decision at Portland and scored for the first time in a loss all season. This year 31 of 32 goals have come in victory. After each of the Waves five losses this season they have responded with a shutout win.
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).
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.
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.