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Pepperdine Women's Soccer Faces Northridge and Portland on the Road

Oct. 24, 2006

Malibu, Calif. -

WAVES CONCLUDE ROAD TRIP: The Pepperdine women's soccer team concludes its schedule on the road for the regular season as it makes the short trip to Northridge to face the Matadors on Thursday before traveling to Portland to face the Pilots on Sunday in a pivotal West Coast Conference match.

ABOUT THE WAVES: Pepperdine posted a 1-1-0 record last week, defeating Saint Mary's, 2-1, before suffering a 2-0 loss at San Francisco. The Waves enter the week in a three-way tie with Santa Clara and Portland atop the league standings with a 3-1-1 conference record.

PEPPERDINE IN THE POLLS: Pepperdine received votes in this week's SoccerTimes poll and the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) 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 108-50-21 (.662). Ward has led the program to five consecutive NCAA tournament appearances, including two "Sweet 16" appearances.

SAINT MARY'S RECAP: Pepperdine freshman midfielder Kelly Reilly scored in the 86th minute to break a 1-1 tie and push the No. 22 Pepperdine women's soccer team past Saint Mary's. The Waves controlled most of the action in the first half as they out-shot the home team 14-4. Rupp took a pass from Emily Wynne and dribbled into the box where she shot from 12 yards out to put the ball into the right corner of the goal. Trailing a score, the Gaels responded quickly as Kira Copinga headed the ball from the right side just 49 seconds into the second half. As the clock neared zero, Rupp shot from 10 yards out as the ball was deflected off of a defender and put into the possession of Reilly, who one-timed it past Zenovich for the Wave victory.

SAN FRANCISCO RECAP: Pepperdine fell to San Francisco, 2-0, on Sunday. The Dons found themselves on the board within the first 10 minutes of the match after a shot by Alexis Mielke slipped in the net from five yards out. As both teams continued to play the ball back and forth in the first half, San Francisco had another opportunity at the 39:26 mark when Katherine Kimure found space in the upper corner of the net to put the Dons up 2-0. Trailing by two goals, the visiting team dominated in the second half as it out-shot the Dons 10-0. As time ticked down, Pepperdine was able to take three more shots in the last 10 minutes of regulation, but could not find room to get a score.

ABOUT CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE: The Matadors are 10-8-0 on the season and 3-4-0 in the Big West conference after posting a 0-2 record over the weekend. Kristal Phillips leads the team with 6 goals and 4 assists for 16 points, while Sara Davis adds six assists. Head Coach Keith West is in the midst of his first season with the program.

SERIES VS. CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE: The Waves lead the all-time series 5-0-2. The two programs first met in 1995 when the teams played to a 2-2 draw. After four consecutive wins by Pepperdine, the teams played to a scoreless tie in 2001. Last year, the Waves captured the 2-1 victory in Malibu.

ABOUT PORTLAND: The Pilots are 13-3-2 overall and 3-1-1 in the West Coast Conference. Ranked nationally at No. 6/7, Portland is coming off of a 3-2 loss by Santa Clara, but rebounded with a 2-1 overtime victory over San Diego. Michelle Enyeart leads the team with 15 goals and six assists for 36 points, while Angie Woznuk adds 10 assists. Garrett Smith is in his fourth year as the head of the women's soccer program.

SERIES VS. PORTLAND: The Pilots lead the all-time series 9-2-1. Last season, the Waves played No. 1 Portland, which went on to win the NCAA National Championship, to a 1-1 tie.

RUPP AND REILLY RULE: Forward Amanda Rupp and midfielder Kelly Reilly are having stellar seasons stepping up at the right moments. Both Waves scored during the 2-1 win over Saint Mary's on Friday, while Rupp recorded an assist on Reilly's game-winning goal. Reilly also has another game-winner during the 3-1 victory over Kansas, while Rupp knocked in the game-winner in overtime against San Diego.

SEEKING A WCC TITLE: The Waves currently are in a three-way tie for first place in the West Coast Conference (WCC) with a 3-1-1 record. Pepperdine has two WCC matches remaining, including this weekend's Portland match on the road. The Waves face Gonzaga at home on Nov. 4.

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.

LOOKING AHEAD: After a non-conference match against Cal State Northridge and road match against Portland, 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 156-90-27 (.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 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 66-62-14 (.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.

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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.