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Women's Soccer Hosts San Diego and No. 3 Santa Clara This Weekend

Oct. 11, 2006

Malibu, Calif. -

WAVES HOST WCC TEAMS: The Pepperdine women's soccer team returns home as it hosts San Diego and Santa Clara in West Coast Conference action. The Waves face the Toreros on Friday in a 3 p.m. match and the nationally-ranked Broncos at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

ABOUT THE WAVES: Pepperdine holds a 6-4-3 overall record and a 0-0-1 conference record as it heads into this weekend's action. The Waves opened West Coast Conference play on Sunday at Loyola Marymount. After 110 minutes of play, neither team could find the back of the net as the game ended in a scoreless tie. PEPPERDINE IN THE POLLSPepperdine does not appear in the polls this week.

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 105-49-21 (.660). Ward has led the program to five consecutive NCAA tournament appearances, including two "Sweet 16" appearances.

LMU RECAP: After 110 minutes of play, the Pepperdine women's soccer team played No. 21 Loyola Marymount to a scoreless tie at Sullivan Field in both team's West Coast Conference (WCC) opener. The Waves came out strong in the first half as shots from McKenzie Hill and Lindsey Redlin set the fast rhythm of play. Forward Amanda Rupp's shot on frame set up a flood of offense for the Waves. Emily Wynne and Redlin took a total of three shots on goal within a 90 second period, but could not get the ball past Lion goalkeeper Joslyn Slovek. Despite the home team out-shooting the Waves, 7-0, in overtime, Wave goalkeeper Kayla Stolte kept the Lions out of the box as she grabbed six saves as the game ended.

ABOUT SAN DIEGO: The Toreros hold an 8-5-0 overall record and a 0-1-0 record in the West Coast Conference. San Diego fell to power house Santa Clara, 2-0, in both team's WCC opener. Leigh Ann Robinson leads the team with six goals and three assists for 15 points, while Veronica Ambort adds four goals. Head Coach Ada Greenwood is in the midst of his fourth season with the program.

SERIES VS. SAN DIEGO: The all-time series between the two schools is deadlocked at 6-6-1. Last season, the Waves took the 2-0 victory in San Diego and have gone unbeaten against the Toreros since 2002. The two programs first met in 1993 when the Waves won 4-2.

ABOUT SANTA CLARA: The Broncos, nationally-ranked at No. 3, hold an 11-2 record and are 7-2 against nationally ranked opponents. The program extended its win streak to six matches after opening conference play with a 2-0 win over San Diego. Meagan Snell leads the team with nine goals and two assists for 20 points, while goalkeeper Meagan McCray has seven shutouts on the season. Head Coach Jerry Smith is in the midst of his 20th season at the helm of the Bronco program.

SERIES VS. SANTA CLARA: Santa Clara leads the all-time series 9-3-0. The Waves have upset the Broncos twice in the last four seasons. In 2002, the Waves defeated the Broncos, 1-0, in overtime and last year, Pepperdine upset Santa Clara,1-0, at home.

A CAREER HIGH: Kayla Stolte has proved her talent in the Waves' net this year. The sophomore recorded a career high 13 saves against LMU on Sunday in both team's West Coast Conference opener to move her total saves to 60 on the season. The Wave has a 6-4-2 record, including four shutouts.

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 hosting San Diego and Santa Clara in WCC play, the Waves begin a four-match road trip, which includes three conference matches against Saint Mary's, San Francisco and Portland and a non-conference match against Cal State Northridge.

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 153-89-27 (.619). 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 65-61-14 (.514) 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.