No. 8 Waves to Finish out Record-Setting Regular Season at Home Against San Francisco
Friday marks Senior Day for Laura Cole, Karissa Garcia and Myriah Stockman.
Nov. 2, 2011
MALIBU, Calif. -- Despite suffering its first loss of the season at then-No. 10 Santa Clara, the Waves bounced back last Sunday with a 2-1 comeback victory over Portland. The Waves' historic record-setting regular season is set to finish on Friday in Malibu as they host San Francisco. With a victory over the Dons and a Santa Clara loss or tie to San Diego would give the Waves the West Coast Conference title. Friday's game will Senior Day for Laura Cole, Karissa Garcia and Myriah Stockman, who have all had storied careers in Malibu and will be playing their last regular season game at Tari Frahm Rokus Field.
MATCH #20 -- Friday (Nov. 4) San Francisco at No. 8 Pepperdine, Tari Frahm Rokus Field, 3 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.
AYSO SOCCER DAY -- Friday's match vs. San Francisco is AYSO Soccer Day at the Waves' game. AYSO teams can attend the match for free, as long as they submit their rosters to the ticket office ahead of time. Coaches that are interested in bringing their teams can contact the Ticket Office at (310) 506-4935.
ON THE WEB -- Live internet statistics via Gametracker will be available for all home matches at www.pepperdinesports.com.
LAST TIME OUT -- The Waves fell to Santa Clara on the road last Friday 1-0 in a hard-fought match. The loss was the first of the year for the Waves. The squad bounced back on Sunday at Tari Frahm Rokus Field as they defeated Portland 2-1, despite falling behind in the 13th minute to the Pilots. Freshman Lynn Williams netted the game-tying goal and senior Laura Cole put away a penalty kick to give the Waves the lead and the eventual victory.
SETTING RECORDS -- The Waves set a new school record with an 18 game winning streak, stemming back to the final game game of the 2010 season. The next longest women's soccer streaks include: 2002 - 12 games (10-0-2) 2001 - 11 games (8-0-3) 2005 - 10 games (9-0-1)
With a victory on Friday the Waves would have seven WCC wins, tying the conference record for most WCC wins in a season and setting a new Pepperdine record.
The Waves have only given up 10 goals so far this season. The previous lowest total was 12 in 2004.
The Waves have nine shutouts so far on the season, with the previous highest total being 10 in 2004.
IN THE RANKINGS -- The Waves remain in the top 10 for the sixth straight week as they were tabbed No. 8 in the NSCAA poll. In the Soccer Times poll, the Waves are ranked No. 8 and in the Soccer America poll, they come in at No. 14.
SAN FRANCISCO-- The Dons are 5-13 overall and 2-5 in conference play this season. The squad is led by Christina Moberg as she has netted five goals on the season. The Dons have played three goalkeepers this season, with Gabby Guaiumi earning the bulk of the minutes. She is 2-5 on the season with 41 saves. The squad comes to Malibu after two losses in San Francisco last weekend. The Dons lost to BYU on Thursday 5-1 and on Sunday to Saint Mary's 1-0. The squad's two conference wins came against Loyola Marymount 2-1 and at Gonzaga 1-0.
ON THE RECORD -- The Waves are 9-8-1 all-time against the Dons. Last season at home the Waves and Dons tied 0-0 in double-overtime. Prior to that the Waves won the previous three matches, including a 2-1 victory in San Francisco.
IN THE STATS -- As a team, the Waves are second in the conference in points (100), points per game (5.26), goals (36), goals per game (1.89) assists (28) and shutouts (9). Individually, JR F Anisa Guajardo is first in goals (9), goals per game (.50) and is tied for second in game-winning goals (3). FR F Lynn Williams leads in the shots per game category (3.83). JR GK Roxanne Barker leads with goals against average (0.56), save percentage (0.872) and shutouts (8) and shutouts per game (0.42). Barker has 23 career shutouts, moving into sole posession of second on the all-time Pepperdine list. In the nation Barker's goals against average of .56 ranks 15th and her save percentage is also 15th. Nationally the Waves rank 14th with a goals-against average of .553 and 15th with a save percentage of .874.
SCORING -- Wave strikers have gotten right to work in 2011, with four starting forwards netting a combined 25 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 six 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 also scored six goals for the Waves. JR F Michelle Manning has also scored four goals on the season.
COLE -- Stemming back to last season the Waves are undefeated at 11-0-2 when senior forward Laura Cole scores 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 5-0-1 with Cole scoring.
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 collegiate 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 Manning was 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). Barker was named to the TopDrawerSoccer Team of the Week for two straight weeks (Oct. 18) and (Oct. 25).
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.
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.
HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE -- The Waves are always extra tough at Tari Frahm Rokus field, owning an all-time record of 122-37-21. Through eight games this season, the Waves are 7-0-1. Stemming back to the 2009 season, the Waves are currently riding a 20-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.