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No. 20 Women's Soccer Opens 2006 Season Against Idaho on Friday

Aug. 23, 2006

Malibu, Calif. -

PEPPERDINE OPENS 2006 SEASON: The Pepperdine women's soccer program opens its 14th collegiate season this weekend when it faces Idaho in a 3 p.m. home opener on Friday, August 25 at Tari Frahm Rokus Field. The Waves travel north to San Luis Obispo to take on Cal Poly in a 1 p.m. match on Sunday, August 27.

ABOUT THE WAVES: Head Coach Tim Ward begins his ninth season as head coach and welcomes back 21 letterwinners, including seven starters. This year's incoming class of six was ranked 18th in the nation and fifth in the west region by Soccer Buzz, which marked a program high. Seniors Jennifer Brewer, Caitlin Mitchell, Courtney Nelson, Lindsey Redlin and Lauren Treinen along with redshirt junior Ashlee Doi lead the Waves this season.

PEPPERDINE IN THE POLLS: For the fifth consecutive year, Pepperdine enters the season ranked in the Top 25 with a No. 20 ranking in both the Soccer Buzz and National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) preseason polls.

ANOTHER SEASON FOR THE RECORD BOOKS: Last year, Pepperdine compiled an overall record of 15-4-3, including a West Coast Conference record of 3-2-2. The Waves made their fifth consecutive trip to the NCAA tournament and advanced to the "Sweet 16" for the second time in program history.

HEAD COACH Tim Ward: Tim Ward enters his ninth season as head coach of the Pepperdine women's soccer program and has compiled an overall record of 99-45-18 (.666). In 2005, Ward guided Pepperdine to its fifth straight NCAA appearance and the program's second "Sweet 16" as the Waves finished the season with a 15-4-3 record.

ABOUT IDAHO: The Idaho Vandals struggled in 2005, concluding the season with a 3-16-0 record and finished seventh in the Western Athletic Conference. The Vandals return 12 letterwinners, including six starters. Pete Showler begins his second year has head coach with Idaho.

SERIES VS. IDAHO: The August 25th match marks the first meeting between the programs.

ABOUT CAL POLY: The Mustangs finished 10-5-4 in the 2005 season and return 17 letterwinners, including seven starters and welcome eight newcomers to the squad. Leading the team are returnees senior forward Sharon Day, who may sit out due to a foot injury, senior midfielder Kelsey Carroll, sophomore forward Leah Morales and junior midfielder Erica Zumbahlen. The Mustangs kick off their season at home as they face San Diego on Friday, August 25. In his 14th year, head coach Alex Crozier has compiled a 175-80-27 at Cal Poly.

SERIES VS. CAL POLY: The series between the two programs is tied at 3-3-1. Pepperdine and Cal Poly last met in 2002 when the Waves defeated the Mustangs, 2-1, in San Luis Obispo, Calif.

A CHALLENGING ROAD TO SUCCESS: The No. 20 Pepperdine women's soccer team faces a tough challenge this season as its schedule includes seven teams that appeared in the 2005 NCAA tournament, including the defending national champion Portland. The Waves will face four teams who fell in the first round including Wisconsin and Gonzaga at home on September 10 and November 4, and Utah (Sept. 29) and UNLV (Oct. 1) on the road. WCC foe Gonzaga, which made its first-ever NCAA appearance last year received a No. 25 ranking by Soccer Buzz. Pepperdine travels to local rival UCLA on September 24. The Bruins advanced to the final championship match where they fell to Portland, but are ranked No. 1 in this year's Soccer Buzz preseason poll. The Waves face perennial conference power Santa Clara, which fell in the quarterfinals to Penn State, on October 15 and defending national champion Portland on October 29. The Broncos earned a No. 2 rank by Soccer Buzz and a No. 7 Rank by the NSCAA, while Portland sat at the top of the NSCAA preseason poll and earned a No. 5 preseason rank by Soccer Buzz.

`RED' ALERT: After a top-notch junior season, senior Lindsey Redlin joined a group of Pepperdine elites as she moved into the career record and single-season record lists. Redlin is sixth for points (29) and shares a third-place tie with Jennifer Peterson (1996), Kristi DeVert (1993) and Megan Woods (2005) with 12 goals for single-season records. Redlin shares a ninth-place tie with Tasha Spangler (1999-02) with 15 career goals and sits at tenth place with 36 career points.

SIX OUT, SIX IN: The Waves lost six talented players, but as one door closes another opens, welcoming six incoming freshman who are already making waves. Soccer Buzz named the 2006 incoming class the 18th best in the nation and was ranked the fifth best class in the West region, which marked a program high. Included in this fresh crop of talent is goalkeeper Amanda Maes, forwards Sophia Medina and Krysten O'Dea, midfielders Kelly Reilly and Alexis Farler and defender Courtney Price.

COPP NAMED TO WCC ALL-FRESHMAN: For the second consecutive year, Pepperdine landed a player to the WCC All-Freshman team. In 2005, defender Ashley Copp was named to the team, while midfielder Samantha Hire earned the honor in 2004. Copp will be a key player in the Waves's stout defense as she started 21 of the 22 matches last year and had two goals and one assist for five points. Redlin also earned WCC honors as she was named to the first team, while Hire earned an honorable mention.

KICKING OFF STRONG: The Waves will look to open their 2006 season with as much punch as they did last year. In 2005, Pepperdine opened the season with a 10-match unbeaten streak before falling to local rival UCLA in a 2-1 heartbreaker. In those 10 games, Pepperdine defeated three nationally ranked opponents and scored 22 of the team's 38 total goals.

WHO'S IN GOAL?: With the departure of standout goalkeeper Anna Picarelli, Ward will look to junior Kathryn Cumming and sophomore Kayla Stolte to step in and take over in the net. The pair combined for six saves and shared a shutout last season. Junior Katie Rokus and newcomer Amanda Maes will undoubtedly serve as excellent back-ups in goal.

OPTIONS AND MORE OPTIONS: With a talented roster in hand, Ward feels confident in the depth of this year's squad. With Redlin, Brewer and sophomore Amanda Rupp returning as powerful forwards, sophomores Emily Wynne and Rosanna Podesta, along with newcomers Sophia Medina and Krysten O'Dea can also step in up front. Ward says to look for Treinen at midfield this year after serving as a solid defender for the last two years. She will be joined by Jenna Shay and Hire, while Wynne, Younkin and newcomers Kelly Reilly and Alexis Farler add their talent to the middle. Sophomores Erin Bay, Michaela Carrera and McKenzie Hill should also be key players off the bench. Defense has been key for Pepperdine and this year will not be any different with seniors Mitchell and Nelson leading in the back.

EUROPEAN VACATION: This summer the Waves had the opportunity to travel overseas and participate in matches abroad as well as witness history in Germany at the 2006 World Cup. The Waves competed against the U-19 Dutch National Team and saw the USA take on Italy and France play Togo in World Cup action. The team took in sites in Cologne and Aachen in Germany, Maastricht in The Netherlands, Amsterdam and ended their trip in Paris, France. With teambuilding exercises such as "adventure day", the Waves bonded and will certainly have memories of their trip as they begin the 2006 season.

MORE ON WARD: Ward guided the Waves to their best-ever record of 18-2-2, including a 6-1-0 mark in West Coast Conference (WCC) play in 2002. Pepperdine tied Santa Clara for the WCC title with a 6-1-0 record and Ward was named the conference's "Coach of the Year." He was also named the West Region's "Coach of the Year" by the NSCAA. Ward was named Pepperdine's third head coach in May of 1998, succeeding Kenny Dale, who served as the Waves' head coach from 1995-97. Ward played his collegiate career at nearby California Lutheran in Thousand Oaks where the Kingsmen compiled a 57-18-8 record during his four years. In addition to garnering academic All-American accolades in 1992, Ward was a first-team All-SCIAC selection in 1993 after earning second team honors in 1992.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM: Kicking off its 14th season of intercollegiate competition, the Pepperdine women's soccer program has compiled an overall record to date of 147-85-24 (.621). The Waves achieved a program first in 2002 as they set a single-season record for most wins with an 18-2-2 mark and earned a share of their first-ever West Coast Conference (WCC) title. Pepperdine made its first-ever "Sweet 16" appearance, posting road wins over Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Wisconsin. The Waves's season came to an end in the third round when they suffered a 2-0 loss to Michigan in Ann Arbor. In 2005, the Waves made their second quarterfinal appearance after defeating Mississippi and Samford in the first and second rounds, respectively. Their stellar season came to an end that year after falling to power North Carolina. Pepperdine received its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance in 2001, when it defeated USC, 1-0, on November 16. Pepperdine's season ended with a 2-1 loss to UCLA in a second-round match to finish the year with a 12-5-3 record. In 2003, the Waves made their third straight NCAA appearance, advancing to the second round and earned a fourth consecutive appearance the following year. After competing as a NCAA Division I independent team in 1993, the Waves surprised critics and finished with an impressive third place in their conference debut West in 1994. The Waves turned in the best-ever performance in WCC play in 2002 as they compiled a 6-1-0 record and became the conference's first team to defeat perennial national powers Portland and Santa Clara in the same season.

WAVES AT HOME: As it kicks of its 14th season of intercollegiate play, Pepperdine is 89-28-1 (.758) in matches played at Tari Frahm Rokus Field. Pepperdine posted its best-ever home mark in 2002, concluding the year with a 10-0-0 record. The team's previous best home records came in 1993 and 1996 when they went 8-1. Pepperdine finished the 2005 season with an 8-2-1 record at home, which included a 1-0 win over WCC power Santa Clara and a 1-1 tie against defending national champion Portland.

WAVES ON THE ROAD: Pepperdine has compiled a 63-57-13 (.523) record in matches played on the road. In 2005, the Waves went 7-2-2 on the road, including an undefeated 4-0-0 record in neutral territory, a program best. The 2005 season surpassed the team's best road record in 2002 when it went 6-2-2, including a 1-0-0 mark in neutral contests.

PEPPERDINE BEST D1-AAA SCHOOL, AGAIN: For the second time in as many years, Pepperdine claimed the NACDCA All-Sports Trophy for being the top-rated NCAA Division I institution not competing in football. Part of the prestigious Sports Academy Directors' Cup program for all NCAA Division I schools, Pepperdine competed in 15 sports. Pepperdine took home its ninth national title overall and first in the sport of men's tennis. Additionally, baseball ended the season ranked 21st, men's golf finished 22nd at the NCAA championships, men's volleyball posted a No. 7 ranking, men's water polo was No. 6, women's basketball advanced to the NCAA tournament, women's soccer and volleyball advanced to the third round of the NCAA championships, while women's tennis ended the year at No. 14.

ATHLETICS HOTLINE: For updated information concerning Pepperdine athletics, including results and a schedule of upcoming events, please contact the Pepperdine Hotline at 310-506-7373. The hotline will be updated on a regular basis throughout the course of the 2006-2007 school year.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION: For more information on the women's soccer program, or to arrange interviews with players and the coaching staff, please contact Jennifer Landes at the Pepperdine Sports Information Office by calling (310) 506-4160.