The women’s soccer team has finished the regular season with an overall 12-6-0 record, winning five out of eight conference games in 2012.
The Waves were coming off of a 2011 WCC Championship win, and continued their success throughout this season. They scored an average of 1.85 goals per game and outscored opponents 37-25.
Senior forward Anisa Guajardo and sophomore midfielder/forward Amanda LeCave led the team in scoring with 10 goals each. Both Guajardo and LeCave also had four game winning goals apiece. Junior defender/forward Michelle Pao led the team with nine assists.
Other highlights from the season include the Waves 1-0 upset of No. 5 Boston College Sept. 29, a 1-0 double overtime win at Dartmouth Oct. 1, the 1-0 shutout of Gonzaga Oct. 28 and senior goalkeeper Roxanne Barker’s receiving the Player of the Week award on Oct. 15.
Aside from athletic success, the team was also recognized for outstanding academic achievement. The release of the 2012 CoSIDA Academic All-District 8 Team and the 2012 West Coast Conference All-Academic Team honored six Waves for their success in the classroom: Junior Kristin DeGrandmont received a WCC academic honorable mention, sophomore Kristine Hilliard earned All-District 8 second team accolades, sophomore Ally Holtz received a WCC academic honorable mention selection, sophomore Amanda LeCave earned first team All-District 8 honors, senior Ana Pontes earned second team All-District 8 honors and senior Callie Payetta received a WCC honorable mention selection.
“It’s tough enough to be a successful Division I student-athlete, but to do so while maintaining academic excellence is a testament to their intelligence and strength of character,” Head Coach Tim Ward told pepperdinesports.com.
The Waves look to carry this strength into the first round of the NCAA playoffs, taking on No. 23 Cal on Nov. 10 in Malibu. It is the Waves’ second consecutive postseason appearance and their seventh overall.