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No. 24 Pepperdine Hosts Gonzaga on Saturday to Close Out Regular Season

Nov. 1, 2006

Malibu, Calif. - WAVES CONCLUDE REGULAR SEASON AT HOME: The Pepperdine women's soccer team returns to Malibu to host Gonzaga in a West Coast Conference match as both team's close out regular season play on Saturday, Nov. 4. The first kick is set for noon. Prior to the game, Pepperdine's seven seniors will be recognized.

ABOUT THE WAVES: After defeating Cal State Northridge, 3-1, in a non-conference match on Thursday, Pepperdine traveled to Oregon to face the No. 6 Portland Pilots for a pivotal West Coast Conference (WCC) match. The Pilots defeated the Waves, 3-1, to remain in first place, along with Santa Clara, in the WCC standings with 4-1-1 records. Pepperdine moved into third place with a 3-2-1 record.

PEPPERDINE IN THE POLLS: Pepperdine is ranked at No. 24 in this week's National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll and received votes in the Soccer Times and Soccer Buzz 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 109-51-21 (.660). Ward has led the program to five consecutive NCAA tournament appearances, including two "Sweet 16" appearances.

NORTHRIDGE RECAP: Pepperdine received goals from three different players as it trounced Cal State Northridge, 3-1, in a non-conference match on Thursday. Lindsey Redlin got the scoring in motion as she rocketed the ball from 25 yards out past Matador goalkeeper April Cline to put the Waves up 1-0. Less than 10 minutes later, sophomore Amanda Rupp crossed the ball to Sophia Medina, who netted the goal on the left side. Devon Nizich scored on a penalty kick to close the gap to just one goal. With less than five minutes left to play in regulation, the Waves regained their two-goal lead when sophomore Emily Wynne scored her fifth of the season as she headed in the ball off of an Ashley Copp free kick at the 86:23 mark.

PORTLAND RECAP: Pepperdine's Jennifer Brewer scored in the 81st minute to pull the Waves within one, but the No. 6-ranked Portland Pilots added an insurance goal to secure the 3-1 victory. Entering the second period in a scoreless tie, the home team took possession and was the first on board at the 66:59 mark. Less than five minutes later, the Pilots added another goal for the 2-0 lead. From 20 yards out, Brewer capitalized on a corner kick as she knocked in the ball at the 80:34 mark to narrow the lead. The home team took the two-goal lead again at the 87:42 mark when Angie Woznuk secured the victory after scoring on a free kick outside the box.

ABOUT GONZAGA: The Bulldogs are 10-8-1 overall, including a 3-3-0 mark in conference. Gonzaga most recently lost to LMU, 1-0, on Sunday. Nanda McCormick leads the team with seven goals and two assists for 16 points. Head Coach Shannon Stiles is in the midst of her eighth season with the program.

SERIES VS. GONZAGA: The Waves lead the all-time series 9-3-1. The two programs first met in 1993 when Pepperdine recorded the 4-1 win at home. Since 2003, the Bulldogs have posted three consecutive shutout victories over the Waves.

SEVEN SENIORS HONORED: Prior to Saturday's match, Pepperdine will recognize seven seniors for their impressive careers. Forwards Jennifer Brewer, Ashlee Doi and Lindsey Redlin, midfielders Lauren Treinen and Loretta Younkin and defenders Caitlin Mitchell and Courtney Nelson have led the Waves to an overall record of 48-23-10 (.654). The seniors have led the program to three consecutive NCAA tournament appearances, including a "Sweet 16" appearance last season.

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. With a win on Saturday, the Waves will have gone unbeaten at home for the first time since 2002 when the program went 10-0.

2006 NCAA's: The 64-team field will be announced Monday, Nov. 6 on ESPNews between 12-1 p.m. (PT). Pepperdine has appeared in the NCAA's the last five seasons. In 2005, the Waves made their second "Sweet 16" appearance.

STOLTE'S SAVES: Pepperdine goalkeeper Kayla Stolte has tallied 85 saves on the season, which moves her into fourth all-time in the Waves' single-season records. Recent graduate Anna Picarelli holds the single season record with 119 saves set last season. Stolte also leads the conference with her 85 saves and stands at fourth in the league with five shutouts on the 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.

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 157-91-27 (.620). 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 67-63-14 (.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 4-6-1 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.