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Waves Travel to Bay Area For a Pair of WCC Matches

Oct. 18, 2006

Malibu, Calif. - WAVES TRAVEL TO BAY AREA FOR WCC ACTION: The Pepperdine women's soccer team kicks off a four-match road trip beginning on Friday when it travels to the Bay area to take on Saint Mary's in a 3 p.m. contest. On Sunday, the Waves face San Francisco in a 1 p.m. match.

ABOUT THE WAVES: Pepperdine holds an 8-4-3 overall record after posting wins over San Diego and nationally-ranked Santa Clara to gain a share of first place in the West Coast Conference. Pepperdine pulled even with fifth-ranked Portland for the WCC lead with a 2-0-1 record.

PEPPERDINE IN THE POLLS: Pepperdine is ranked at No. 22 in this week's Soccer America poll, No. 23 in the NSCAA poll and No. 24 in the Soccer Times poll. The Waves received votes in this week's Soccer Buzz poll.

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 107-49-21 (.664). Ward has led the program to five consecutive NCAA tournament appearances, including two "Sweet 16" appearances.

SAN DIEGO RECAP: Amanda Rupp's goal in the second overtime period lifted the Pepperdine women's soccer team past San Diego for a 2-1 come-from-behind victory in a West Coast Conference (WCC) match on Friday. The Toreros were on board first at the 30:04 mark as the home team trailed by one goal in the second half. Ashley Copp got her foot on the ball at the 49:25 mark to knock in the game-tying goal. Just when the match looked like it would end in a tie, Rupp, who received a pass from Sophia Medina sent the ball into the corner of the net for the game-winning goal.

SANTA CLARA RECAP: For the second year in a row, Pepperdine upset nationally-ranked Santa Clara at home. This time it was a late goal at the 80:24 mark by Sophia Medina which put the Waves past the third-ranked Broncos. Pepperdine took charge of the match as Jennifer Brewer and Lindsey Redlin took shots, while the Broncos' frustration was apparent. As Redlin received the ball, she lobbed it to freshman Sophia Medina who beat a defender to face Bronco goalkeeper Meagan McCray head on and sent the ball into the net for the lone goal of the match.

ABOUT SAINT MARY'S: The Gaels have struggled this season as they enter the weekend with a 3-10-2 overall record and are 1-2-0 in the WCC. The program fell to Gonzaga and Portland over the weekend. Sophomore Nikki Schrey leads Saint Mary's with five goals, while senior Joelle Gizzi adds a team-leading four assists. Head Coach Kelly Lindsey is in the midst of her first year with the Gaels.

SERIES VS. SAINT MARY'S: The Gaels lead the all-time series 6-3-3. Last season, the two programs deadlocked in a 2-2 tie in Moraga, Calif.

ABOUT SAN FRANCISCO: The Dons are 4-10-2 overall and stand in eighth place in conference with a 0-2-1 record. San Francisco played nationally-ranked Portland to a 1-1 tie before falling to Gonzaga over the weekend. Chelsea Hunt leads the team with four goals and three assists for 11 points. Head Coach Pamela Kalinoski is in the midst of her sixth year with the Dons.

SERIES VS. SAN FRANCISCO: The Dons lead the all-time series 7-6-0 and have posted wins over the Waves the last two years.

UNBEATEN AT HOME: The Waves remain unbeaten at Tari Frahm Rokus Field with a 6-0-2 (.875) record. Most recently, Pepperdine posted a 2-1 overtime victory at home over San Diego and a 1-0 upset over No. 3 Santa Clara. The Waves conclude the regular season at home on Nov. 4 with a match against Gonzaga.

CAREER FIRSTS FOR MEDINA: Freshman Sophia Medina recorded her first game-winning goal on Sunday to lift the Waves past No. 3 Santa Clara. Her performance over the weekend, which also included an assist on the game-winner during the 2-1 overtime win over San Diego, got the forward her first-ever West Coast Conference "Player of the Week" and was also named to the Soccer Buzz "Elite Team of the Week."

SEEKING A WCC TITLE: The Waves are only one of two West Coast Conference schools that remain unbeaten. With a 2-0-1 record, Pepperdine along with Portland are tied for first place in the league. The Waves have four more WCC matches, including power house Portland.

THE STREAK IS BROKEN: For the first time since 1998, the Waves went four consecutive games without scoring a goal. That season, Pepperdine saw a scoreless tie at LMU, followed by a 1-0 loss against San Francisco and a 5-0 loss at Portland. The Waves played Gonzaga to a 0-0 tie before breaking the streak with a 2-1 win over Denver. Over the weekend, Pepperdine broke the streak in victorious fashion with a 2-1 overtime victory over San Diego and a 1-0 upset over No. 3 Santa Clara.

LOOKING AHEAD: After conference matches against Saint Mary's and San Francisco on the road, the Waves continue road play against nationally-ranked Portland before making the short trip to Cal State Northridge for a non-conference game. Pepperdine concludes its regular season on Nov. 4 at home with a conference match against Gonzaga.

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.

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 155-89-27 (.622). 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 95-28-3 (.766) 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 6-0-2 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 2-4-1 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.