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No. 20 Waves Face No. 23 Utah and UNLV on the Road This Weekend

Sept. 27, 2006

Malibu, Calif. -

PEPPPERDINE SOCCER ON THE ROAD: The No. 20 Pepperdine women's soccer team concludes non-conference play on the road this weekend as it travels to Salt Lake City to face No. 23 Utah on Friday in a 6:30 p.m. (PST) match before traveling to Las Vegas to take on UNLV in a 1 p.m. (PST) match on Sunday.

ABOUT THE WAVES: Pepperdine holds a 6-2-2 record as it heads into this weekend's action on the road. The Waves extended their unbeaten streak to seven on Friday after defeating San Diego State, 1-0, but No. 3 UCLA snapped the streak after defeating Pepperdine, 3-0, on Sunday.

PEPPERDINE IN THE POLLS: The Waves are ranked No. 20 in this week's Soccer America poll and No. 27 in the Soccer Buzz poll. Pepperdine 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 105-47-20 (.667). Ward has led the program to five consecutive NCAA tournament appearances, including two "Sweet 16" appearances.

SAN DIEGO STATE RECAP: McKenzie Hill's late goal at the 78:13 mark broke a scoreless tie to lift No. 19 Pepperdine past San Diego State, 1-0, on Friday afternoon. The Aztecs came out strong from the start as they immediately put pressure on the Waves' defense, recording two shots on goal. After 45 minutes of play, the score remained tied with both teams taking five shots. The visiting team battled to get Pepperdine out of the box as the Waves repeatedly took corner kicks. The home team ultimately took the lead after a Wynne shot hit the crossbar, but Hill followed through to knock in the loose the ball past San Diego State goalie Cat Burson.

UCLA RECAP: Pepperdine fell to No. 3 UCLA, 3-0, on Sunday afternoon at Frank W. Marshall Field in Los Angeles, Calif. Immediately, UCLA led the offense taking four shots and three corner kicks before taking the lead at the 11:04 mark. Midfielder McKenzie Hill stormed forward to pressure the Bruin defense taking two shots, one on frame and one that hit the post, as she attempted to equal the score. At the 32:24 mark UCLA went up 2-0 as the first period ended. Pepperdine goalkeeper Kayla Stolte stopped five shots in the second 45 minutes to total seven saves for the match, but the Bruins would add one more goal at the 84:25 mark.

ABOUT UTAH: Utah is 6-4 on the season after going 2-0 over the weekend and is ranked No. 23 in this week's NSCAA poll. The Utes kicked off the season with a 2-1 win over then-No. 19 Stanford, but most recently fell to nationally-ranked Colorado, Purdue and Illinois. Adele Letro leads the team with four goals and two assists, while Amanda Feigt adds four assists. Head Coach Rich Manning is in the midst of his fifth season with the program.

SERIES VS. UTAH: Pepperdine leads the all-time series 1-0-1. The two programs met last year when the Waves won 1-0 at home. The Utes and the Waves first met in 1995 when the teams played to a 2-2 tie.

ABOUT UNLV: The Rebels went 2-0 over the weekend to improve to a 4-4-2 record, and face Arizona State on Friday before hosting the Waves. Katie Carney leads the team with three goals and four assists for 10 points, while Armani Rice adds three more goals. Katherine Mertz is in the midst of her second season as the head coach.

SERIES VS. UNLV: The Waves lead the all-time series 2-0-0. Last year, Pepperdine defeated the Rebels at home, 1-0, and in the first meeting in 1998, the Waves won 2-1.

IT'S STILL HILL: Junior McKenzie Hill has led the Waves in two victories, including their most recent 1-0 win over San Diego State on Sept. 22 at home. Hill, who has scored in the last three of four matches, knocked in her fourth goal of the season and her second game-winner against the Aztecs to extend the Waves unbeaten streak to seven. The midfielder kicked off the season with her first career goal during the Waves' 5-0 rout of Idaho and scored a game-winning goal in the 1-0 win over Arizona State. Hill has appeared in all ten of the Waves' matches and started the last four.

ANOTHER SHUTOUT FOR STOLTE: Sophomore goalkeeper Kayla Stolte earned her third shutout of the season on Friday after leading the Waves to a 1-0 victory over San Diego State. Stolte, who was named the conference's "Player of the Week" last week, recorded two saves in the win.

MORE ACCOLADES FOR STOLTE: After being named the conference's "Player of the Week" after leading the team to two victories, including a 3-1 upset of No. 18 Kansas last week, sophomore goalkeeper Kayla Stolte was named to Soccer America's National Team of the Week on Sept. 20. She is the second Wave to receive national weekly honors--Emily Wynne was named to the Soccer Buzz Elite Team of the Week on Sept. 5.

UNBEATEN AT HOME: After playing six matches at home, the Waves remain unbeaten at Tari Frahm Rokus Field. The squad is 4-0-2 when playing in Malibu and have three more home matches in the regular season, including San Diego, No. 3 Santa Clara and Gonzaga.

SINGLE-SEASON RECORDS: With six assists on the season, senior Lindsey Redlin and sophomore Emily Wynne are on their way to Pepperdine's Top 5 single-season records in assists. In 2005, recent graduate Megan Woods set the record with 10 assists in a single season.

LOOKING AHEAD: After playing Utah and UNLV on the road, the Waves open West Coast Conference (WCC) play at Loyola Marymount on Oct. 8 in a 1 p.m. match. The following weekend, Pepperdine hosts San Diego and Santa Clara at home to continue WCC action.

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.

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.

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 153-87-26 (.624). 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 93-28-3 (.762) 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 65-59-13 (.522) 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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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.