Wildcats Travel to the Bay Area
Oct. 22, 2008
The Arizona soccer team (8-6, 1-2) travels to the Bay Area this weekend. First up is the No. 2 Stanford Cardinal (14-0-1, 4-0) in Palo Alto Calif., on Friday, Oct. 24 at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium. The Wildcats will then play the California Golden Bears (9-5, 2-2) in Berkeley, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 26 at Edwards Stadium.
Scouting the Opposition:
Stanford- The Cardinal (14-0-1, 4-0) are ranked second in the national polls and have not lost a game all season. They ran their winning streak to nine games. The Cardinal have outscored their opponents 48 to 4. Last weekend, Stanford beat the Washington Huskies 5-1 on Friday, then beat the Washington State Cougars 3-0 on Sunday. Freshman Lindsay Taylor is their leading scorer with 12 goals.
California- The Golden Bears (9-5, 2-2) are on two-game losing streak. Last Friday, the Golden Bears lost to Washington State 2-1, then on Sunday lost to Washington 3-2. Sophomore Alex Morgan is the team’s leader in goals (8), assists (5) and points (21). The Golden Bears are 6-1 at Edwards Stadium.
Stanford- The Cardinal lead the all-time series 11-2. Currently the Cardinal are on a two-game winning streak. The last win Arizona had against Stanford was a 2-1 victory on Oct. 23, 2005. The last time the Wildcats won at Stanford was Oct. 15, 2004. They won a 1-0 thriller in double overtime.
California- The Bears lead the all-time series 11-0-2. Last season, the Golden Bears defeated the Wildcats in Tucson behind goals from Caitlin Hannegan and Nikki Schrey. The Wildcats tied the Golden Bears on Oct. 13, 2006 in Berkley 1-1, the last time the Cats played at Edwards Stadium.
USC @ Arizona (USC 2, UA 0)
The Wildcats lost to the defending national champion Women of Troy 2-0. Senior Ashley Nick scored both goals for the Women of Troy and the Wildcats were out shot 20-to-4. The Women of Troy had ten shots on goal, while redshirt junior Chelsea McIntyre recorded eight saves.
UCLA @ Arizona (ULCA 2, UA 0)
Coming into the game, the Bruins had outscored their opponents 32-2. In the fifth minute, Lauren Cheney scored her first of two goals on the day when she spun away from the defender and put the ball in the back of the net. Cheney sealed the win for the Bruins in the 77th minute with another goal. McIntyre had three saves in the loss.
100 victories and counting…
Arizona’s victory over Arizona State on Oct. 10, 2008 was the first time in program history that the Wildcats defeated their in-state rivals. It also gave the Wildcats their 100th victory in the program’s history.
Arizona also set the record for most overtime wins with three. Arizona has overtime victories over Michigan, Cal State Northridge and Arizona State. The Wildcats are one overtime game away from trying the school record for most overtime games in a season with six. The mark has been done three times (2000, 2005, 2006).
In the Net
Redshirt junior Chelsea McIntyre is one of the reasons the Wildcats have already surpassed last year’s win total. Through 14 games, McIntyre has 67 saves and five shutouts.
Last season the Wildcats had trouble putting the ball in the net. They averaged 1.07 goals/game. This year is a different story. With more playmakers in the lineup, Arizona has found the back of the net 19 times for 1.35 goals per game average.
Freshman RENAE CUELLAR leads the Wildcats in goals and points through ten games. Cuellar has started 12 of the 13 games she has played in. For the season she has five goals and two assists. She also scored the game-winning goal against Cal State Northridge in double overtime on Sept. 21.
The Wildcats are ranked 10th in the soccerbuzz.com West Rankings. They dropped one spot from the previous week. The Wildcats dropped from the NSCAA/adidas West Regional Rankings.
Coaching, Two wins shy of 100
Dan Tobias, the winningest coach in Arizona history, continues to add to his numbers. With eight victories this season Tobias now has 54 wins at Arizona and 98 for his career. His record at Arizona is 54-54-8 and his career record is 98-99-14.
The Arizona Wildcats are currently ranked 40th in the 2008 NCAA Women’s Soccer RPI. The Pac-10 has eight teams in the top 40.
Soccerbuzz.com West Rankings 10/14/08
School Record Prev Rank
1) Stanford 14-0-1 1
2) UCLA 13-0-2 2
3) Portland 13-1 3
4) USC 12-2-2 4
5) San Diego 11-3-2 5
6) Washington St. 7-4-4 8
7) Washington 10-5 7
8) California 9-5 6
9) Arizona State 7-4-3 10
10) Arizona 8-6 9
11) Long Beach St. 10-4-3 11
12) BYU 12-5 13
13) UC Santa Bar 10-5-1 12
14) Loyola Mary 7-5-3 14
15) UNLV 11-5-1 RV
Pac-10 Standings 10/20/04
1. Stanford 4-0 14-0-1
2. UCLA 4-0 13-0-2
3. USC 2-1-1 12-2-1
4. California 2-2 9-5
5. Washington St. 1-2-1 7-4-4
6. Arizona 1-2 8-6
6. Arizona State 1-2 7-4-3
8. Washington 1-3 10-5
9. Oregon 0-2-1 7-5-2
10. Oregon State 0-2-1 5-6-2