Arizona hits the road for season finale
Nov. 5, 2008
The Arizona soccer team (9-9, 2-5) will travel to Washington for its final regular season games of the season. The Wildcats will play the Washington State Cougars (8-5-5, 2-3-2) on Friday Nov. 7, at the Lower Soccer Field at 3:00 p.m. Then the Wildcats will travel to Seattle where they will play the No. 24 ranked Washington Huskies (12-5-1, 3-3-1) on Sunday Nov. 9, at Husky Soccer Field at 12:00 p.m. The Wildcats will need to wins to have any hope of making the postseason.
Scouting the Opposition:
Washington State- The Cougars (8-5-5, 2-3-2) are coming off a 0-0 tie against in-state rival Washington. The Cougars have not won a game since they defeated Oregon 2-1 in double overtime on Oct. 24. Junior midfielder Carly Dobratz leads the team in goals (6) and points (14). Sophomore goalkeeper has played in 17 games and 84 saves.
Washington- The Huskies (12-5-1, 3-3-1) are coming off a 0-0 tie against in-state rival Washington State. The Huskies are currently on a four-game unbeaten streak going 3-0-1 since its 1-5 defeat to No. 2 ranked Stanford. Junior forward Veronica Perez leads the team in goals (10), assists (5) and points (25). Junior goalkeeper Alex Philips has 25 saves through 12 games.
Washington State- The Cougars lead the all-time series 9-3-1. Currently, the Cougars are on a three-game winning streak over the Wildcats. The last time the Wildcats beat the Cougars in Pullman was Nov. 7, 2003 when they won 2-1.
Washington- The Huskies lead the all-time series 10-3. Currently, the Huskies are on a two-game winning streak over the Wildcats. The last time the Wildcats beat the Huskies in Seattle was November 2005 when they won 1-0.
Oregon State vs. Arizona (UA 2, ORE ST 1)
On senior night, the Wildcats welcomed the Beavers hoping to end its four-game losing steak. The Wildcats fell behind late in the first half when Brittany Sheffield scored. Then forward JASMINE NAMDAR scored off a rebound in the 75th minute to tie the game. Then five minutes later Namdar hit a streaking LONDON KING who headed in the game winning goal. Namdar’s goal ended the Wildcats 435:32 minutes without scoring a goal.
Oregon vs. Arizona (ORE 1, UA 0)
The Wildcats came into this game riding an emotional high after beating the Beavers on senior night. However, missed opportunities on the offense and defense ends cost the Wildcats its final home match of the 2008 season. The scored remained 0-0 until the 82nd minute when Jen Stoltenberg blasted the ball just out of the reach of Chelsea McIntyre to give the Ducks the victory.
Arizona 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 18 games, McIntyre has 96 saves and five shutouts.
In the game against Stanford, McIntyre had her career high in saves with 15. Her previous high was 14 in a game also against Stanford on Sept. 15, 2006.
Caceres Ties Record
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 22 times for 1.22 goals per game average.
Freshman RENAE CUELLAR is the co-leader for the Wildcats in goals through 18 games. Cuellar has started 16 of the 17 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.
For the second straight week the Wildcats were not in the NSCAA/adidas West Regional Polls. They also fell out of the top 15 soccerbuzz.com regional poll, but are still receiving votes.
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. Now the Wildcats have 101 victories in program history.
Coaching, One win 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 55 wins at Arizona and 99 for his career. His record at Arizona is 55-57-8 and his career record is 99-100-14.
Tobias is 2-3 against Washington State since becoming head coach at Arizona.
Tobias will be taking on his former team, Washington State. Tobias coached the Cougars from 1998-2002 complying a 44-45-6 record before deciding to coach Arizona. Tobias led the Cougars to the NCAA Postseason two times in 2000 and 2002. Tobias was the Pac-10 Coach of the Year in 2002.
The Arizona Wildcats are currently ranked 61st in the 2008 NCAA Women’s Soccer RPI. The Pac-10 has seven teams in the top 50.
Pac-10 Standings 11/4/08
1. UCLA 7-0 16-0-2
2. Stanford 7-1-0 17-1-2
3. USC 3-3-1 13-4-1
4. Washington 3-3-1 12-5-1
5. California 3-4-1 10-7-1
6. Washington St 2-3-2 8-5-5
7. Oregon 2-4-1 9-7-2
8. Arizona State 2-4-1 8-6-4
9. ARIZONA 2-5 9-9
10. Oregon St. 1-5-1 6-9-2