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Pepperdine stretches unbeaten streak to 14 games

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The No. 8 Pepperdine women’s soccer team has been unbeatable so far this season.

The Waves set a new unbeaten streak record of 14 games after defeating San Diego 1-0 on Thursday in the Waves West Coast Conference season opener at Tari Frahm Rokus Field in Malibu.

Pepperdine senior forward Laura Cole delivered a shot to the lower, left corner in the 68th minute of play after receiving a pass from midfielder Michelle Manning. Cole, who led the Waves in scoring in 2010, now has four goals this season.

The win, which came after a 10-day break for the Waves, marks the first time that the Waves have won their season-opener since 2005, and also snaps a three-game losing streak to San Diego.

Now at 9-0-4, Pepperdine is one of only eight Division I women’s soccer teams that are still undefeated this season.

And, the Waves schedule hasn’t been a cakewalk, either. Pepperdine has won some key nonconference matches, defeating Arizona 2-0, Cal 2-1, Michigan 3-0, and No. 18 Illinois 4-2. The Waves also managed to tie LSU 1-1, and more impressively, then #4 UCLA 1-1.

Ranked eighth in the NSCAA poll for the third straight week, Pepperdine is ranked 12th in the Soccer Times poll, and 17th in the Soccer America poll.

Experience may be a big reason for the team’s success, as the Waves returned nine of 11 starters from last season.

Head coach Tim Ward told pepperdinesports.com that he thinks his squad is deep with talent, as well.

"We have amazing depth," Ward said. "It has been maybe five years since we have had this kind of depth and athleticism across the board. We are not short on athleticism, depth or industriousness."

The Waves have already scored 27 goals this season, from 10 different players. Last year the team netted 26 goals in the entire season.

Junior forward Anisa Guajardo was named one of the WCC September Players of the Month and she leads the Waves and the conference in scoring with eight goals. Freshman forward Lynn Williamshas seven assists to lead the team and the WCC.

Pepperdine’s experience and depth will be tested today as the Waves take on Brigham Young University in the first-ever matchup between these two teams.

BYU, the WCC’s newest member, made a strong statement by defeating Portland 2-1 on Thursday, breaking the Pilots 28-game unbeaten streak in the WCC.

The game is scheduled for 12 p.m. PT and will be broadcast on BYUtv.

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