UA Soccer to participate in Sun Devil Desert Classic
Sept. 2, 2009
Arizona vs. Virginia
4:30 p.m. | Friday, Sept. 4
Arizona vs. Old Dominion
11:00 a.m. | Sunday, Sept. 6
TEAM QUICK FACTS 2008 Overall Record: 9-11
2008 Pac-10 Record/Finish:2-7/9th
Starters Returning/Lost: 5/6
Letterwinners Returning/Lost: 15/13
Newcomers: 10 Head Coach: Dan Tobias (7th year)
Alma Mater: Hamilton University '87
Record at Arizona: 55-59-8 (6 years)
Assistant Coaches: Lisa Oyen, John Galas
Last time out: Last Friday in Flagstaff, Arizona tied 2-2 in their sixth meeting with in-state rival Northern Arizona, before heading home Sunday and losing a 4-1 decision to the University of San Diego.
About the Cavaliers: The University of Virginia Cavaliers opened their season 2-1, with two shut-out wins over Liberty and Hofstra, and a loss to Penn State. Virginia is currently ranked No. 14 in the nation.
About the Monarchs: The Old Dominion University Monarchs opened their season 2-1, with wins over High Point and George Washington, and a loss to North Carolina State. In their first match of the Sun Devil Desert Classic, The Monarchs will take on Arizona State Friday, September 4.
Head Coach Dan Tobias: Dan Tobias led his team to a 9-11 record in 2008, giving him a 55-59-8 record in his six years at Arizona. Tobias coached the Wildcats to the program's first appearance in the Sweet 16 in 2005. In 2004, Tobias led the Wildcats to a 15-6 overall record. Additionally, his 6-3 Pac-10 record gave Arizona its first Pac-10 championship in history of the program and was named Pac-10 Coach of the Year for the second time.
2008 Season Review: The University of Arizona women's soccer team started out the season red hot winning seven of its first 10 games. However, playing in the nation's best conference the Wildcats only managed to win two of its remaining 11 games to finish the season 9-11. On the bright side, one of the final two games the Wildcats won was against in-state rival Arizona State, in which Arizona won 2-1 in double overtime. The win marked the first win over the Sun Devils in 14 years and the program 100th victory.
The one constant for the Wildcats all season was Chelsea McIntyre in the net. The redshirt junior led the Pac-10 in saves with 100 and saves per game with 5. McIntyre had her career high in saves when she saved 15 against then-No. 2 Stanford Cardinal in a 3-1 defeat. On the season McIntyre registered five shutouts. In the ever difficult Pac-10, the Wildcats did not lose a game by more than two goals mainly because of the solid play of McIntyre.
During non conference play the Wildcats scored 17 goals in 11 games (1.55/per game), but managed only six goals in nine Pac-10 games (0.67/per game). For the season, eight different Wildcats were able to find the back on the net. London King, Karina Camacho and Renae Cuellar all tallied five goals for the team lead. Arizona's inability to score goals was one of the main reasons why they finished 2-7 Pac-10 record for the second straight year.
All-Pac-10: Freshman Renae Cuellar was named to the All-Pac-10 Freshman team. In addition, Cuellar earned an All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention selection. Cuellar was the only Wildcat to be named to a post season conference award.
All-Academic: Sophomore midfielder Leila Amini was selected to the Pac-10 All-Academic First Team. She was also named to the Second Team Academic All-American for District 8 Region according to ESPN the Magazine. Amini was one of 11 players from the Pac-10 chosen from the District 8 Region.
Step It Up: The Wildcats will look to step up their play against their better opponents this season. A season ago, UA struggled against teams that qualified for the NCAA tournament, losing all nine of its contests. However, the Wildcats were 9-2 against all other opponents. If UA can find a way to win a few games against top-notch teams, it hopes to find itself back in the postseason picture.
Winning in OT: Arizona won three games in overtime in 2008, which set a new school record for such victories. The Wildcats defeated Michigan 1-0, Cal State Northridge 2-1 and Arizona State 2-1.
Next Up: Next weekend, the Wildcats return home to host the Marriott Tucson University Park Tournament, and will go up against Brown and Rutgers September 11th and 13th. Friday’s match against Brown in slated for 7:30 p.m., and Sunday’s match against Rutgers will start at 1:30 p.m.