Wildcats Prepare for Texas Tech
Sept. 11, 2008
Junior goalkeeper Chelsea McIntyre has led the Arizona defense with an impressive three shutouts, each resulting with a win. Last year McIntyre was forced to redshirt the season due to a season ending injury obtained in her first game.
At this point last season, the Cats had already given up six goals. McIntyre has made her presence felt by cutting that number in half. The California native has yet to give up a first half goal and has tabbed a total of 24 saves.
Arizona got their third win of the season Friday night in an offensive outburst over Weber State, winning 4-0. Netting goals for the Cats were freshman forward RENAE CUELLAR, sophomore defender Lauren Bennett, junior midfielder Jacqueline Broussard and senior forward LONDON KING, last year's leader (4).
Sunday night the Wildcats suffered a double overtime loss to No. 8 Texas, 2-1. Head Coach Dan Tobias said, 'I am proud of the team. Their performance and their effort were both fantastic.'
Arizona moves forward and looks to defeat the Texas Tech Red Raiders this Friday in Lubbock, Texas. One week later the Wildcats will host the Michigan Wolverines in Arizona at Mulcahy Stadium.
Friday, September 12 - at Texas Tech, 7 p.m. CT
Friday, September 19 - vs. Michigan, 7 p.m. MST
Noting the Opponent
The Red Raiders are currently sitting on a 3-1-1 record. A key return for Texas Tech is junior defender Brittney Harrison. Harrison started in all 17 of Tech's matches last season, made the move from forward to defender in her first season under head coach Tom Stone, received All-Big 12 second team honors and made All-Big 12 Tournament team.
Coaching Texas Tech is Tim Stone, who enters his second season. Last year he lead the Red Raiders to four out of five conference victories down the stretch to qualify for the Big 12 Championship for the first time since 1999, while also matching the most conference wins in school history.
The Wolverines are currently 2-3-1 overall, 1-2-1 away. Leading Michigan is sophomore defender Amanda Bowery. In 2007, Bowery was named Big Ten All-Freshman while making 18 starts. She also led team with five goals and 12 points.
Greg Ryan, the former U.S. Women's National Team coach, accepted the position of head coach for the Michigan women's soccer early this February. He became just the second head coach in the program's 14-year history. Ryan is especially known for leading the U.S. Women's National Team to a 45-1-9 record in three years.