Wildcat Soccer Games Postponed

Sept. 12, 2001

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WHAT'S HAPPENING: The University of Arizona women's soccer team (2-1-0) was scheduled to play at West Virginia and at Pittsburgh this weekend, but in light of the week's events, both matches have been postponed. University of Arizona athletics director Jim Livengood announced on Wednesday that UA teams will not participate in scheduled events this week in sympathy for the national tragedy and concern for the safety and welfare of its student-athletes.

No plans have been made to reschedule either soccer match.

The Wildcats are scheduled to return to action on Friday, Sept. 21, at home against Pepperdine at 7 p.m., then they face UNLV at home on Sunday, Sept. 23, at 1 p.m.

ABOUT ARIZONA: On a modest two-game win streak, the Wildcats improved to 2-1-0 overall with home victories over New Mexico (3-0) and Southern Utah (9-1) last weekend. Those wins marked Arizona's first back-to-back victories since early last season. The win over UNM ended an 11-game winless streak that dated back to Oct. 6, 2000.

After scoring a school-record five goals against Southern Utah, senior forward Kristi Loro�a has taken over the UA scoring lead with 10 points. Freshman forwards Candice Wilks (three goals) and Cassie Daniels (two goals, two assists) are tied for second on the scoring chart, with six points each. Another freshman, Vanesha Bailey is fourth in scoring with two goals and one assist (five points).

Sophomore forward Liz Bartlett has one goal and one assist (three points), while junior transfer Tymarie Novak has one goal (two points). Sophomore defender Samantha Bartlett, senior defender Erin Nelson and senior midfielder Katie Winship have notched one assist each.

In the nets, senior goalkeeper Shannon Monti has played all 270 minutes of the season thus far, tallying 11 saves, one shutout and a 1.67 goals-against average.

LORO�A NAMED PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK: After a record-setting scoring performance during last weekend's home games, senior forward Kristi Loro�a was named Pac-10 Player of the Week for the week of Sept. 4-10.

Loro�a tallied seven shots and scored five goals to lead the Wildcats to a pair of wins over the weekend. She came off the bench to score a school-record five goals while leading Arizona to a 9-1 home victory over Southern Utah on Sept. 9. Loro�a notched four of her five goals in a 24-minute span in the first half, including two goals that were 42 seconds apart. The five-goal total is only one off the NCAA single-game scoring record. Loro�a notched one shot on-goal in UA's 3-0 win over New Mexico Sept. 7. That win ended an 11-game winless streak for Arizona.

This is Loro�a's first career Pac-10 Player of the Week honor and Arizona's second women's soccer Player of the Week honor all-time.

ARIZONA'S LAST TIME OUT: Senior forward Kristi Loro�a scored a school-record five goals as the Arizona women's soccer team drilled first-year program Southern Utah, 9-1, at home on Sunday. The nine goals is also a new school record for team goals in a game.

Freshman forward Candice Wilks started the scoring barrage for Arizona by notching her first collegiate goal at 9:14 in the first half, off a rebounded Cassie Daniels shot. Nine minutes later, Loro�a began her personal scoring onslaught, with Daniels assisting once again. Loro�a scored three more goals over the next 24 minutes, including two that were only 42 seconds apart late in the first half.

Daniels started the second-half scoring for the Cats by connecting on a penalty kick in the 56th minute, and Wilks notched her second goal five minutes later. Southern Utah finally broke the shutout in the 66th minute.

Barely a minute later, Wilks registered yet another goal, garnering the first hat trick of her young college career. Loro�a capped the scoring with her fifth and final goal at 69:22, sending a rebounded Vanesha Bailey shot into the back of the net.

Wildcat senior goalkeeper Shannon Monti made two saves in the game. Loro�a had a game-high six shots, all on-goal, and Daniels collected five shots, including three on-goal.

ARIZONA HEAD COACH CATHY KLEIN: Second-year head coach Cathy Klein (SUNY-Cortland, 1987) holds a 5-16-2 mark at the helm of the Arizona program. She has a Division I career record of 62-57-3 over six years and is 84-110-8 in 11 years as a head coach.

Klein was named as the Wildcats' new head coach in January, 2000. She came to the UA after a five-year stint building a new women's soccer program at Iowa State. In four varsity seasons with the Cyclones, Klein garnered a 43-37-1 mark. Before Iowa State, Klein was head coach at Creighton and Division III schools Earlham College and Utica College.

THE REST OF THE STAFF: In her second season at the UA, Melissa Estrada (Creighton, 1995) followed Cathy Klein from Iowa State, where Estrada was part of Klein's coaching staff for four years. She assists with recruiting and works with the field players.

Assistant coach Casey Mann (Grand View College, 1997) is in his first season with the Wildcats. His primary responsibility at the UA is coaching the goalkeepers. His wife, Tawnya Mann, is also lending a hand as a volunteer assistant.

LOOKING AHEAD: The Wildcats should return to action on Friday, Sept. 21, against Pepperdine at home at 7 p.m. They will also face UNLV at home on Sunday, Sept. 23, at 1 p.m.

They hit the road again the following week, playing at Brigham Young on Friday, Sept. 28, then at Utah on Sunday, Sept. 30.

PRACTICE SCHEDULE: All daily practices during the regular season, until Nov. 8, will be held from 2:30-4:30 p.m. The team will have weight-lifting sessions each Tuesday and Wednesday immediately after practice until 5:45 p.m., therefore no post-practice interviews on these days will be allowed until the strength training is completed.

Media are encouraged to attend all practices but are not permitted to converse with coaches or players during practice. Media can interview coaches and players after practice only. No pre-practice interviews will be permitted. All practices and games are conducted at Murphey Soccer Stadium, located at 15th Street and Plumer Ave.

RECORDS ARE FALLING: Only three matches into the season, and the Cats have broken or tied eight school records already. During the 3-0 win over New Mexico on Sept. 7, the Cats had a school-record-tying eight corner kicks. They broke all kinds of records during the 9-1 win over Southern Utah on Sept. 9, including most goals in a game (9), most assists in a game (6) and largest margin of victory (8).

RANKED OPPONENTS: Eight of the 18 opponents on Arizona's schedule this year are either nationally ranked or are receiving votes for ranking.

In the NSCAA Coaches Poll, UCLA is No. 2, Nebraska is No. 3, Stanford is No. 7, California is No. 13, Washington is No. 17 and Brigham Young is tied for No. 24. USC received votes for ranking.

The Soccer America Top 20 has UCLA at No. 2, Nebraska at No. 5, Washington at No. 6, Stanford at No. 8 and California at No. 13.

In the SoccerBuzz.com national rankings, UCLA stands at No. 2, followed by #4 Stanford, #5 Nebraska, #9 Washington, #12 California and #24 West Virginia. Arizona State and Brigham Young received votes for ranking.

RANKED OPPONENTS, PART DEUX: The UA played six nationally ranked opponents last year, more than in any other season in the program's history. The Cats' opener this year against No. 5 Nebraska on Aug. 31 marked the first time the UA has ever faced a ranked opponent in the first game of a season.

NOTING THE PAC-10: Each standing at 4-0-0 on the year, UCLA and Washington have taken over a small lead in the conference. With its 3-0-0 mark, Stanford isn't far behind, and three more teams are 3-1-0. Four conference teams are nationally ranked in this week's NSCAA Coaches Poll.

ON LOCATION: The Wildcats are 2-0-0 at home this season, 0-1-0 on the road and 0-0-0 in neutral games. Last year, Arizona garnered a 2-5-0 mark at home, was 1-8-1 on the road and was 0-0-1 in neutral matches.

TWICE IS NICE: Traditionally, the Cats have fared rather well when scoring two or more goals in a match. They have scored two or more in each of the season's three games thus far and have a 2-1-0 mark. Over the eight years of Wildcat soccer, the UA has a 30-18-1 record when scoring two goals or more.

CLOSE BUT...: The outcome of 10 of the Wildcats' 20 games last season was decided by one goal or less. In the seven-year history of the Arizona soccer program, 55 matches have been decided by that one-goal-or-less differential.

CAT SCRATCHES: With 14 goals over the first three matches of the season, the Cats have as many goals as they did through the first 10 games of last year... They are only six goals away from equaling the goal tally from the entire 2000 season... The Cats are also only one win away from equalling last year's victories total.

MONTI'S MUSINGS: Each week throughout the 2001 season, senior goalkeeper Shannon Monti will be sharing her thoughts with fans via the official UA athletics web site, www.arizcats.com.

LINEUP SHAKE-UP: Six new Wildcats made their debut in the UA starting lineup during the season opener at No. 5 Nebraska last Friday. A total of seven freshmen and sophomores played in that game, which saw Cathy Klein bring only three subs off the bench.

SISTER ACT: The Wildcat roster features two pairs of sisters this year. Sophomores Liz and Samantha Bartlett are twins. Senior midfielder Erin Nelson and freshman defender Heather Nelson are also sisters. All four players have seen action already this season.

LOCAL CONNECTION: The 2001 Wildcat roster features three players from Tucson high schools -- Kristi Loro�a (Canyon del Oro), Erin Nelson (Sabino) and Heather Nelson (Sabino).

Five other players are from Phoenix-area high schools -- Cassidy Guinn (Shadow Mountain), Jenn Meintel (Glendale Cactus), Tara Monteleone (Xavier College Prep), Shannon Monti (Shadow Mountain) and Courtney Russell (Glendale Cactus).

PAC-10 COACHES POLL: UCLA was tabbed by the league's coaches as the favorite to win the Pac-10 crown this year, while the Wildcats were picked to finish ninth, one spot higher than last season...
Pac-10 Preseason Women's Soccer Coaches Poll
2. California
3. Washington
4. Stanford
5. USC
6. Arizona State
7. Washington State
8. Oregon State
10. Oregon

2000 IN BRIEF: Under the direction of then-first-year head coach Cathy Klein, the squad finished the 2000 season with a 3-15-2 overall record that belies the progress which was actually made during the year. With a brutal schedule, the Wildcats played an unprecedented six nationally ranked teams, all in the final seven matches of the year.

Through a variety of events, including numerous injuries, Klein ended up with a group of only 15 players who were able to see action in more than half the season's games. Five freshmen and sophomores received the starting nod more than once.

The whole season, the Wildcats were just this close to a different outcome in many of their games. They played a school-record six overtime contests -- all within a nine-game stretch midway through the season. Ten of the season's 20 matches were decided by a margin of one goal or less. The squad set or tied 30 school records, including most overtime wins (two) and most corner kicks in a match (eight).

Although a late-season nine-game losing skid put a negative spin on the year, prospects for the future looked bright. Five of the Cats' top 11 scorers were freshmen and sophomores, and of eight of those 11 were slated to return in 2001.

INDIVIDUALLY IN 2000: Despite missing the last two matches of the season because of illness, freshman forward Liz Bartlett was Arizona's leading scorer, with five goals and one assist (11 points).

Junior forward Kristi Loro�a was second in scoring with four goals (eight points), followed closely by freshman midfielder Sierra Cristiano's three goals and one assist (seven points). Five other players registered one goal or more during the season. Junior Erin Nelson was the team leader in assists, with three, although a total of eight Wildcats were credited with assists for the year.

Junior goalkeeper Shannon Monti saw the majority of minutes for the Cats, starting all 20 matches and garnering 87 saves and a 2.59 goals-against average. She combined with senior Inger Airheart for the UA's only shutout of the season on Sept. 30.

Junior defender Cassidy Guinn was named the team's Most Valuable Player, while Cristiano was selected the Most Improved Player. Bartlett was the team's Newcomer of the Year, and senior defender Niki Aguiar received the Coach's Award.

Guinn and Bartlett were both honorable mention All-Pac-10 selections, marking the first time since 1997 that a Wildcat received all-conference honors.

Senior defender Kate Nighswander-Will was a second team Academic All-Pac-10 honoree for the first time in her career. Guinn, Monti, Nelson, senior defender Ann Giallonardo, junior midfielder Twila Kaufman and senior forward Keri Kennedy-Weber all received honorable mention Academic All-Pac-10 laurels.

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