Four Waves Capture NCAA Division I All-West Region Selection
Lynn Williams (First), Michelle Pao (Second), Roxanne Barker (Third) and Anisa Guajardo (Third) Selected to Elite Group
Dec. 4, 2012
MALIBU, Calif. – Four standouts on the Pepperdine women’s soccer team were selected to the 2012 NCAA Division I All-West Region Team as announced by the organization Tuesday. Lynn Williams (Fresno, Calif./Buchanan HS) earned first team honors, while Michelle Pao (Cupertino, Calif./Monta Vista HS) was a second team pick. Seniors Roxanne Barker (Irvine, Calif./Woodbridge HS) and Anisa Guajardo (Clovis, Calif./Clovis HS) earned third team honors.
Williams captures all-region selection for the second straight season after earning second team honors as a freshman. An All-WCC First Team pick in 2012, Williams led the league in shots (4.62), ranked tied for sixth in goals (8) and shared ninth in points (19). Williams recorded her first career hat trick against Saint Mary’s (11/1) and registered three game-winners, two coming in WCC play: against No. 17 Santa Clara (10/14) and at Gonzaga (10/28).
“Lynn had a remarkable season for us, especially considering she played most of the season with a knee injury,” Pepperdine head coach Tim Ward said. “The thing that makes Lynn such an amazing athlete and soccer player is that mentally she is so, so tough. She was able to get her share of goals, but she’d be the first to tell you that she should’ve scored more. She affected every single game just by her mere presence in it.”
A member of the 2012 MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List, Pao earned all-region selection for the third straight season, despite missing a pair of games with an injury. A 2011 NSCAA All-American (Second), Pao led the WCC in assists (9) and assists per game (0.47). The nine helpers rated in a share of fourth place for the most by a Wave in a single season and gave Pao 15 in her career, just one shy of cracking the top-10 all-time list.
“Michelle emerged this year as one of the most impactful players on any team in the country,” Ward said. “I think anyone that has seen her play understands what a dynamic, versatile player she is. Not only is she an unbelievable defender, but she excels as an attacker and a set-piece specialist. She simply impacts the game.”
Barker wrapped up a strong career as a four-year starter in goal for the Waves and departs Malibu ranked first in wins (47) and starts (79) and second in GAA (0.87), shutouts (31.0) and saves (311). A member of the 2012 South African Olympic Team, Barker rated in the top-three among WCC leaders in nearly every meaningful category, including shutouts (7.0/T-2nd), GAA (1.20/3rd) and saves (90/2nd).
“In my opinion, Roxy has the ability and the talent to play at the highest level in the world,” Ward said. “She has already played in one Olympics and has the opportunity to play professionally if that is what she wants to do. She provided such a presence for us and was so strong. Some of the results we had this season looked lopsided, but she made three unbelievable saves against Indiana, at Boston College in a 1-0 shutout and had amazing saves in a win against Santa Clara.”
Guajardo completed one of the most prolific offensive careers in program history with a flourish, sharing the team lead in goals (10), the most by a Wave since 2008. A member of the Mexican National Team, Guajardo ranked second among league leaders in goals (10) and points (28), fourth in assists (8) and was eighth in shots (49). Guajardo scored a pair of goals against San Diego (8/17) and Saint Mary’s (11/1), departing Malibu ranked fourth in career goals (27) and fifth in career points (68).
“Anisa’s numbers are incredible this year considering that we’ve asked her to play as a wide midfielder for the majority of the year,” Ward said. “She really took one for the team and I will never forget that. The way she sacrificed for the team is a huge testament to her character. She’s a tremendous soccer player and a tremendous attacking talent. She does two of the toughest things to do in soccer exceptionally well: score goals and head the ball. When she is on her game, there are few better in the country.”
PEPPERDINE IN 2012: Pepperdine rolled to its second consecutive postseason and hosted an NCAA opening round contest for the second straight year. The Waves achieved a national top-25 ranking in every poll throughout the 2012 regular season and posted a 14-7 record, highlighted by three top-25 victories, including a 1-0 shutout at No. 5 Boston College.