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No. 20 Women's Soccer Hosts Puma Classic This Weekend

Aug. 31, 2006

Malibu, Calif. -

PEPPERDINE HOSTS PUMA CLASSIC: The Pepperdine women's soccer team hosts Dayton, Ohio State and San Diego this weekend in the Puma Classic. All matches will be played at Tari Frahm Rokus Field in Malibu, Calif. Ohio State and San Diego will kick off Friday's action at 1 p.m, followed by a 3:30 p.m. match between Dayton and Pepperdine. On Sunday, September 3, Dayton will meet San Diego at 11 a.m. and Ohio State and Pepperdine round up the tournament action with a 2 p.m. match.

ABOUT THE WAVES: Pepperdine holds a 1-1-0 record heading into this weekend's action after kicking off the 2006 season on Friday, August 25 with a 5-0 rout over Idaho at home. The five-goal victory marked a program high for a season and home opener. Pepperdine suffered its first loss on the road as it fell to the Mustangs, 2-1, in the first overtime period on Sunday.

PEPPERDINE IN THE POLLS: Pepperdine remains in the Top 25 with a No. 20 ranking in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll and is ranked at No. 23 in the SoccerTimes poll.

HEAD COACH Tim Ward: Tim Ward, who picked up his 100th career win in Friday's season opener, began his ninth season as head coach of the Pepperdine women's soccer program and has compiled an overall record to date of 100-46-18 (.665). Ward has led the program to five consecutive NCAA tournament appearances, including two "Sweet 16's".

WEEKEND RECAP: No. 20 Pepperdine opened its 2006 season with a 5-0 win over Idaho. After the first half, the Waves led 1-0 with sophomore Emily Wynne getting the first goal. The Waves would add four more goals in the second period with freshman Sophia Medina recording two, while senior Jennifer Brewer and McKenzie Hill totaled one each. Seniors Caitlin Mitchell and Lindsey Redlin, and juniors Samantha Hire and Jenna Shay all totaled two assists each, while Emily Wynne notched one. The Waves faced their first test on the road as they traveled to Cal Poly on Sunday. Defense played a major role in the match as both team were held scoreless for more than 70 minutes of play, but the Mustangs got on the board to take the 1-0 lead. Redlin forced the game into overtime with a late goal in the second period, but the Waves fell 2-1 after Cal Poly scored in the first overtime.

ABOUT DAYTON: The Dayton Flyers head into the weekend with a 0-0-1 record after knotting a 2-2 tie with Toledo in their season opener. In the match Mandi Back led with three shots and added one goal, while Natalia Walters recorded the second goal and added two shots. Mike Tucker, the two-time Atlantic-10 Coach of the Year has a 164-62-9 lifetime record and is in his 12th year with the Flyers.

SERIES VS. DAYTON: The September 1 match marks the first meeting between the programs.

ABOUT OHIO STATE: Ohio State holds a 1-0-1 record after playing Kent State to a 0-0 tie in its season opener, but followed with a 2-0 shutout over Xavier on Sunday. Forward Lisa Grubb led the Buckeyes with 14 shots over the weekend and had one assist, while Lauren Dickenmann and Ali Schwach scored goals in Sunday's win. Head Coach Lori Walker is in her 10th season with the Buckeyes and caputered her 100th OSU win on August 27.

SERIES VS. OHIO STATE: Sunday's match will mark the first meeting between the two programs.

LOOKING FOR A `WYNNE': After enjoying a solid rookie season in 2005 with two goals and two assists for six points, sophomore Emily Wynne has already notched more than half of last season's total points after only two matches. Wynne recorded the game-winning goal in the 5-0 victory over Idaho and also was credited with an assist during the match. She notched another assist in the 2-1 overtime loss to Cal Poly making her total points thus far four (one goal and two assists). Wynne also leads all Pepperdine players with 11 shots, including seven shots on goal.

EYES ON NO. 21: After scoring two goals in her collegiate debut in Friday's season opener, freshman Sophia Medina proved that she will be a major factor in Pepperdine's scoring front this season. In just two games, Medina is one of Pepperdine's leading scorers with two goals for four points.

OUT-SHOOTING THE OPPONENT: In just two games, Pepperdine has out-shot its opponents 35-13, with 21 shots coming in the first match. The Waves out-shot Idaho 21-6 in the 5-0 victory, and despite the loss against Cal Poly, Pepperdine out shot the Mustangs 14-7. Wynne led all players in both matches, as she took six shots against Idaho and five against Cal Poly.

MAY WE HELP YOU?: While goals get the points, assists make goals happen and with 11 total assists on the season, the Waves are undoubtedly making it happen. In Friday's season opener, five players on the field recorded nine total assists, while two assists were credited against Cal Poly. Five players have a total of two assists each, including Wynne, senior Lindsey Redlin, junior Samantha Hire, redshirt Jenna Shay and senior Caitlin Mitchell. Freshman defender Courtney Price recorded her first assist as a Wave in Sunday's match.

LOOKING AHEAD: The Waves conclude their four-game homestand next weekend when they take on Tulsa on Friday, September 8 and Wisconsin on Sunday, September 10. Wisconsin is the first team Pepperdine will face which appeared in the 2005 NCAA tournament; the Badgers fell in the first round to Marquette.

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.

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 148-86-24 (.620). 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 kicked of its 14th season of intercollegiate play, Pepperdine is 90-28-1 (.761) 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. In 2006, the Waves are 1-0-0 when playing at home.

WAVES ON THE ROAD: Pepperdine has compiled a 63-58-13 (.519) 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. Currently, the Waves are 0-1-0 on the road.

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.

ON THE WEB: For updated information concerning Pepperdine athletics, including results and schedules of upcoming events, on the Internet, please bookmark the following address: http://www.PepperdineSports.com.

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.