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Women's Soccer Hosts Tulsa and Wisconsin This Weekend

Sept. 6, 2006

Malibu, Calif. -

PEPPERDINE SOCCER CONCLUDES FOUR-MATCH HOMESTAND: The Pepperdine women's soccer team concludes its four-match homestand this weekend when it hosts Tulsa on Fri., September 8 at 3 p.m. and Wisconsin on Sun., September 10 at 1 p.m.

ABOUT THE WAVES: Pepperdine holds a 2-1-1 record heading into this weekend's action after hosting Dayton, Ohio State and San Diego in the Puma Classic. The Waves played Dayton to a 2-2 tie and ended the weekend with a 1-0 shutout over Ohio State. The Waves led all teams in the tournament with a 1-0-1 record.

HEAD COACH Tim Ward: Tim Ward, who picked up his 100th career win in the 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 101-46-19 (.666). Ward has led the program to five consecutive NCAA tournament appearances, including two "Sweet 16" appearances.

WEEKEND RECAP: No. 20 Pepperdine hosted Dayton, Ohio State and San Diego in the Puma Classic over the weekend. After seeing Ohio State defeat San Diego 4-1in the first match of the tournament, the Waves played Dayton to a 2-2 tie. In the first period, sophomore Emily Wynne scored both goals with senior Lindsey Redlin receiving assists on each goal. Junior goalkeeper Kathryn Cumming recorded five saves in the first period, while sophomore Kayla Stolte also recorded five saves after starting the second period and keeping the Flyers out of the net for the remainder of the game. In Sunday's action, San Diego defeated Dayton 2-1, while the Waves shutout Ohio State 1-0 to conclude tournament play. Wynne scored the goal on a free kick after a handball foul was called on the Buckeyes. Pepperdine's resilient defense, which included Kelsey Baker, Ashley Copp, Caitlin Mitchell and Courtney Nelson, helped Stotle to her first solo shutout.

ABOUT TULSA: The Golden Hurricanes head into the weekend with a 3-2 record. Tulsa kicked off the 2006 season with a 3-1 win over Wyoming and has since recorded victories over Oral Roberts (3-0) and Georgia Southern (5-0). Tulsa fell to Utah Valley State and TCU. Freshman Megan Cash leads the Hurricanes with three goals for six points, while senior Katie Ward and sophomore Jennifer Kacergis each add two goals and an assist for five points. Head Coach Rena Richardson is in her third season with Tulsa.

SERIES VS. TULSA: Friday's match will mark the first meeting between the two programs.

ABOUT WISCONSIN: The Badgers hold a 1-1-1 record and face UC Santa Barbara on Friday before traveling to Malibu. Wisconsin kicked off its season with a win over Creighton, but fell to California and most recently tied Nebraska 2-2. Krista Liskevych and Taylor Walsh lead the team with two goals each with Walsh adding two assists. Head coach Dean Duerst is in his 13th season with the Badgers and led his team to the first round of the NCAA tournament last year.

SERIES VS. WISCONSIN: Pepperdine leads the all-time series 1-0. The Waves and the Badgers met in 2002 in the second round of the NCAA tournament. The Waves captured the 2-1 win in overtime, sending the team to its first-ever "Sweet 16."

THREE WAVES NAMED TO ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM: Three Waves were named to the Puma Classic All-tournament team after head coaches voted on Sunday. Jennifer Brewer, Lindsey Redlin and Tournament MVP Emily Wynne were named to the squad. Over the weekend, Wynne led the team with three goals, including the game-winning goal on Sunday's 1-0 win over Ohio State as Pepperdine led all teams in the tournament (Dayton, Ohio State and San Diego) with a 1-0-1 record.

MAKING A MARK IN THE WCC: The Waves are proving their power as they are among the Top 5 in numerous West Coast Conference statistics. Emily Wynne stands second in points (10) and goals (4) and leads the conference in game-winning goals with two. Lindsey Redlin leads the conference with four assists and isn't far behind Wynne in points, standing at fourth with six points. Pepperdine goalkeeper Kayla Stolte has had a great start to her sophomore year as she is second in the conference with 15 saves.

DAZZLING DEFENSE: For a number of years, Pepperdine's defense has been one of the best on the West Coast and this year is no different. Seniors Caitlin Mitchell and Courtney Nelson and sophomores Kelsey Baker and Ashley Copp have helped the team to a 0.94 goals against average so far on the season and have helped Stolte and Kathryn Cumming to two shutouts this season.

A FIRST FOR STOLTE: Kayla Stolte recorded her first solo shutout on Sunday when the Waves defeated Ohio State, 1-0. Stolte and Cumming shared a shutout when Pepperdine defeated Idaho, 5-0, in its season opener and also shared a shutout last season. Stolte recorded four saves in the victory against the Buckeyes and has totaled 15 on the season.

LOOKING AHEAD: After concluding four home games, the Waves face Kansas and Arizona State on the road on Fri., September 15 and Sun., September 17 before returning to Malibu for a home match on Fri., September 22 against San Diego State at 3 p.m.

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 149-86-25 (.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 kicked of its 14th season of intercollegiate play, Pepperdine is 91-28-2 (.760) 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 2-0-1 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.

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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.