Sept. 20, 2006
Malibu, Calif. -
PEPPERDINE SOCCER IN ACTION: The Pepperdine women's soccer team returns to Malibu for a home match against San Diego State on Friday for a 3 p.m. match before making a short trip to Los Angeles, to face local rival and nationally-ranked UCLA on Sunday for a 1 p.m. match.
ABOUT THE WAVES: Pepperdine holds a 5-1-2 record as it heads into this weekend's action on the road. The Waves extended their unbeaten streak to six as they upset No. 18 Kansas 3-1 on the road and followed with a 1-0 shutout of Arizona State in Tempe, Ariz.
PEPPERDINE IN THE POLLS: After going 2-0 over the weekend, including a 3-1 win over nationally-ranked Kansas, the Waves are back in the polls. Pepperdine is ranked 19th in this week's Soccer America poll and 28th in this week's Soccer Buzz poll. The Waves received votes in both the NSCAA and Soccer Times polls.
HEAD COACH Tim Ward: Tim Ward, who picked up his 100th career win in the season opener, is in the midst of his ninth season as head coach of the Pepperdine women's soccer program and has compiled an overall record to date of 104-46-20 (.671). Ward has led the program to five consecutive NCAA tournament appearances, including two "Sweet 16" appearances.
KANSAS RECAP: In its first road match in three weeks, the Pepperdine women's soccer team came from behind to upset No. 18 Kansas, 3-1, on Friday. The Jayhawks got on board first and led at the half, but the game quickly took a turn in the second 45 minutes. Senior Jennifer Brewer scored the equalizing goal from 45 yards out, placing the ball carefully in the top corner of the net. Freshman Kelly Reilly found a loose ball in front of the net and chipped it in to give the Waves the 2-1 lead. Junior McKenzie Hill added one more goal to secure the Waves' 3-1 victory.
ARIZONA STATE RECAP: Stretching its unbeaten streak to six, the Pepperdine women's soccer team picked up its second win on the road this weekend as it shut out Arizona State, 1-0. After an Emily Wynne shot was saved, Pepperdine pushed forward and at the 16:42 mark, junior McKenzie Hill scored her second goal of the weekend after receiving a pass from Wynne to put the Waves on board. The Waves stellar defense kept their opponents out of the box for the remainder of the match as Pepperdine goalkeeper Kayla Stolte earned her second solo shutout as she recorded four saves in the victory.
ABOUT SAN DIEGO STATE: The Aztecs head into Friday's match with a 4-5 record after splitting its last two matches. San Diego State defeated Creighton, but fell to Cal Poly on Sunday. Erika Sutton and Jen Mello lead the team with three goals each and combine for six assists. Head Coach Mike Giuliano is in his third season with the Aztecs.
SERIES VS. SAN DIEGO STATE: Pepperdine leads the all-time series 3-2-0. The two programs last met in 2002, when the Waves defeated the Aztecs 4-1 in Malibu. The Aztecs took the first two matches, while the Waves have won the last three.
ABOUT UCLA: Nationally-ranked UCLA is 6-1 on the season and after falling to then-No. 3 Penn State, 3-1, in its season opener, the Bruins have won their last six games. No. 3 UCLA most recently defeated then-No. 4 Texas A&M, 2-1, and then-No. 12 Connecticut, 3-0. Lauren Cheney, Kristina Larsen and Danesha Adams lead the team with three goals each. Head Coach Jillian Ellis is in her eighth season with the Bruins and holds a record-to-date of 138-28-7.
SERIES VS. UCLA: The Bruins have dominated the series as they lead 9-2-0. The series first began in 1993, when the Waves faced the Bruins twice that season, taking both matches. The two programs met last season with UCLA defeating Pepperdine 2-1 in Malibu.
STOLTE NAMED WCC POW: Sophomore goalkeeper Kayla Stolte was named the West Coast Conference "Player of the Week" after two top performances in the net. The Wave helped lead the team to two victories, including a 3-1 upset of No. 18 Kansas and a 1-0 shutout over Arizona State. The Santee, Calif. native recorded nine saves over the weekend and picked up her second solo career shutout.
SOCCER BUZZ SIDE NOTE: With the Waves back in the polls this week, Pepperdine has reached a milestone with the Soccer Buzz publication. The No. 28 ranking in this week's poll marks the Waves 50th appearance (non-consecutive) in the publication's rankings, 26th among all Division I programs for most appearances.
HILL ON A ROLL: Junior McKenzie Hill has made a mark in her third season with the Waves. The midfielder currently stands second in goals with three and third in points with six on the season. Hill kicked off the season with her first career goal during the Waves' 5-0 rout of Idaho and scored a goal in the last two matches, including the game-winning goal in the 1-0 win over Arizona State. Hill has appeared in all eight of the Waves' matches thus far and started the last two.
A FIRST FOR REILLY: Freshman Kelly Reilly not only scored her first career goal as a Wave, but recorded the game-winning goal during the Waves' 3-1 upset of No. 18 Kansas on Sept. 15. The midfielder is the second newcomer to get the Waves on board. Freshman Sophia Medina scored two goals in her collegiate debut against Idaho on Aug. 25.
CONTINUING THE STREAK: The Waves look to extend their unbeaten streak, which currently stands at six matches. After falling to Cal Poly in overtime, Pepperdine has tied Dayton and Wisconsin, and defeated Ohio State, Tulsa, Kansas and Arizona State. Pepperdine leads the West Coast Conference with its unbeaten streak of six. Portland, San Francisco and Saint Mary's trail behind the Waves with an unbeaten streak of two matches.
LOOKING AHEAD: After playing UCLA on the road, the Waves continue action away from home as they travel to Salt Lake City to face Utah on Sept. 29 and then face UNLV in Las Vegas. Pepperdine kicks off West Coast conference play on Oct. 1 when it faces Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles.
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 152-86-26 (.625). 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 92-28-3 (.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 3-0-2 when playing at home.
WAVES ON THE ROAD: Pepperdine has compiled a 65-58-13 (.526) 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 2-1-0 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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