Arizona Women's Soccer Preview

Arizona

  

TEAM QUICK FACTS

2009 Overall Record: 4-15-1
2009 Pac-10 Record: 1-8-0 (T-9th)

Starters Returning/Lost: 6/5
Letterwinners Returning/Lost: 15/9
Newcomers: 12

Head Coach: Lisa Oyen
Alma Mater: Montana, 1998
Record at Oregon: First Season
Assistant Coaches: John Galas, Danielle Sunderhaus

 

PREVIEW

The Wildcats, under the leadership of first-year head coach Lisa Oyen, will look to return the program to winning ways in 2010. On the field the team will be led by junior forward Renae Cuellar, who was the Wildcat's leading scorer in 2009 with six goals. Sophomore forward Kristin Strother will provide an offensive push for the 'Cats as well. Redshirt senior forward/midfielder Alex Davis will provide leadership for the squad. She is a durable player, having appeared in all 20 games for the Wildcats in 2009. She will be joined by redshirt senior midfielder Macke Mutz, who's tenacious play will provide a strong presence in the midfield. Freshman midfielder Ana Montoya will look to make a splash as a true freshman. Montoya has international experience, as she enters the 2010 season fresh off a run with the Colombian National Team in the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Germany this summer. On the defensive end, sophomore defender Kirstyn Magyar appeared in 18 games for the squad and she will a strength for Arizona's defensive line. Sophomore defender Karli Hedlund should also be a contributor. Goalkeeper Devon Wharf was lost to graduation, but junior Ashley Jett appeared in four games in 2009, making 16 saves.

KEY MATCHUPS

Sept. 19 - Ohio State at Arizona, 1:00 p.m. MST
Oct. 15 - Arizona at Arizona State, 7:00 p.m. MST

Ohio State, who received votes in the NSCAA Preseason Poll, will be the first big test for Arizona and will be a good game to prepare the Wildcats for the difficult Pac-10 season. On Oct. 15 the 'Cats will face ASU, having beat the Sun Devils for the first time in school history in 2008 and repeating with a victory in 2009. This game will definitely be important to both sides, as Arizona tries to continue their winning streak.

 

PLAYER TO WATCH

#10, Renae Cuellar
Jr., F, La Puente, Calif.

Cuellar led the Wildcats with six goals in 2009, despite having injury keep her out of three games. The team will look to Cuellar as the offensive spark in 2010. The La Puente, Calif., native has spent the summer leading Mexico to the quarterfinals of the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Germany. She has continued her offensive power with Mexico, including netting the game-winner in a 1-0 win over England.  As a freshman in 2008, started in all 18 games she appeared in and was named to the All-Pac-10 Freshman team. She was also tied for the team-lead with five goals.

 

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