UA Soccer Opens Six-Game Road Swing in Utah This Weekend

Sept. 25, 2001

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WHAT'S HAPPENING: The University of Arizona women's soccer team (3-1-1) opens a six-game road swing this weekend with a pair of non-conference matches in Utah. The Wildcats play at Brigham Young on Friday, Sept. 28, at 7 p.m. MDT, then they take on Utah on Sunday, Sept. 30, at 1 p.m. MDT in Salt Lake City.

ABOUT ARIZONA: On a four-game unbeaten streak, the Wildcats moved to 3-1-1 on the year with a 2-2 overtime tie with Pepperdine last Friday and a 4-1 win over UNLV at home on Sunday. This unbeaten streak is a school record for the program's longest stretch without a loss. The Cats have already matched last season's wins total, and with 20 goals on the year, they already have as many tallies as they had all of last season.

In a three-way tie for the UA scoring lead, freshmen Candice Wilks (five goals) and Cassie Daniels (three goals, four assists) and senior Kristi Loro�a (five goals) have tallied 10 points each. Freshman midfielder Vanesha Bailey stands in fourth with three goals and two assists (eight points), followed by sophomore forward Liz Bartlett's two goals and one assist (five points).

Senior midfielder Katie Winship has one goal and one assist (three points), and junior transfer Tymarie Novak has one goal (two points). Sophomore defender Samantha Bartlett, sophomore midfielder Sierra Cristiano, junior midfielder Twila Kaufman and senior defenders Erin Nelson and Cassidy Guinn have one assist (one point) apiece.

In the nets, senior goalkeeper Shannon Monti has played all 480 minutes of the season thus far, tallying 25 saves, one shutout and a 1.50 goals-against average.

In this week's national statistics, Arizona is tied for third in scoring offense (4.00 gpg), and Cassie Daniels is tied for 16th in assists per game (0.80). The Cats are leading the Pac-10 in goals scored (20) and goals per game and are second in total points (53).

ABOUT BRIGHAM YOUNG: The Cougars stand at 3-2-1 overall after tying then-No. 17 Washington (1-1) last Saturday and falling to then-No. 5 Portland (2-1) on Sunday in Seattle. BYU is not ranked in the NSCAA Coaches Poll but is receiving votes. The Cougars are No. 25 in this week's rankings. BYU will play at Weber State on Tuesday evening before taking on the Wildcats on Friday.

Senior midfielder Sarah Higham Yee and freshman midfielder Kimmie Davis are tied for the Cougar scoring lead with two goals and one assist (five points) each. Junior midfielder Kelly Hunsberger (two goals) and freshman forward Kim Devine (one goal, two assists) are tied for third in scoring, each with four points.

Senior goalkeeper Jennifer Waldron has played 525 minutes for the Cougars this season, tallying 19 saves, three shutouts and a 0.86 GAA. Junior Kylee Dickson has seen 45 minutes in the nets, with 0.00 GAA.

Head coach Jennifer Rockwood (BYU, 1989) holds a 115-28-3 record in seven seasons at the helm of her alma mater's program.

THE SERIES vs. BYU: The Cougars are undefeated in the series with Arizona, 3-0-0. BYU edged Arizona, 3-2, in last year's meeting in Tucson.

LAST MEETING WITH BYU: In the middle of a season-ending three-game homestand, the Wildcats were defeated by then-13th-ranked BYU, 3-2, at home on Oct. 28, 2000.

BYU jumped out to a quick lead by scoring at the 8:56 mark. After a flagrant Cougar foul in the box, Arizona's Sierra Cristiano connected on a penalty kick at 23:15 to knot the score at 1-1.

Just six minutes later, Liz Bartlett sent the UA ahead, 2-1, with her fifth goal of the season, off an assist by Erin Nelson. The Cats carried that lead into halftime. The second half belonged to BYU, however, as it scored in both the 55th and 61st minutes for a come-from-behind victory.

ABOUT UTAH: The Utes split a pair of road games last weekend to move to 3-2-0 on the year. Utah lost at Kentucky, 3-0, last Friday, then defeated Miami (Ohio), 3-0, last Sunday. The Utes will face Boston University at home this Thursday before playing Arizona on Sunday.

With three goals (six points) on the season, junior forward Katie Tate leads the Utes in scoring. Sophomore midfielder Bobbie Benegas is a close second with two goals and one assist (five points), while sophomore forward Missy Dennis has two goals (four points).

Junior goalkeeper Courtney Hills has played 285 minutes for the Utes, gathering 19 saves, one shutout and a 2.53 goals-against average. Sophomore Lynnsey Asay has played 180 minutes, has seven saves and a 0.50 GAA.

Seventh-year head coach Amy Winslow (Bates College, 1989) holds a 69-48-5 record with the Utes. She has a career record of 83-115-8 over 12 years.

THE SERIES vs. UTAH: The series between Arizona and Utah is tied at 1-1-0. The Utes took the last meeting, 4-1, last year in Tucson. Arizona won the first meeting, 2-1, on Oct. 8, 1995, also in Tucson.

THE LAST MEETING WITH UTAH: On Sept. 10, 2000, Utah handed Arizona a solid 4-1 loss in Tucson. The Utes scored their first three goals in the initial 23 minutes of the match. Wildcat senior Keri Kennedy-Weber broke the shutout at 75:10 with her first collegiate goal, off an assist by Naomi Chu. Utah capped the victory at 86:18.

ARIZONA'S LAST TIME OUT: A four-goal second half gave the Wildcats a 4-1 come-from-behind victory over UNLV at home on Sunday.

UNLV went on the board early, denting the net just five minutes into the match. Neither team got much going offensively through the remainder of the first half, as UNLV had only a 4-3 edge in shots for the period.

The second stanza was a different story altogether. Freshman forward Candice Wilks broke the shutout barely three minutes into the second half, taking a serve from fellow freshman Cassie Daniels. Sophomore forward Liz Bartlett scored the go-ahead goal at 56:57 on a rocket shot over the UNLV goalkeeper.

Wilks scored her second goal of the game at 74:07 off a double-assist by Daniels and fellow freshman Vanesha Bailey. Senior midfielder Katie Winship capped the win for Arizona by dribbling through the Rebel defense to find the back of the net with just 30 seconds remaining in the game.

Senior goalkeeper Shannon Monti played all 90 minutes in the nets for Arizona, collecting three saves as the Wildcats out-shot the Rebels, 19-14.

ARIZONA HEAD COACH CATHY KLEIN: Second-year head coach Cathy Klein (SUNY-Cortland, 1987) holds a 6-16-3 mark at the helm of the Arizona program. She has a Division I career record of 63-57-4 over six years and is 85-110-9 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 remain on the road next weekend, this time heading for Colorado to play a pair of matches that were scheduled to replace the canceled West Virginia and Pittsburgh games. Arizona plays at Denver on Friday, Oct. 5, at 3 p.m. MDT, then the Cats play at Air Force on Sunday, Oct. 7, at 12 p.m. MDT.

Arizona will kick off Pac-10 play in Los Angeles during the second weekend of October. The Cats play at UCLA on Oct. 12 and at USC on Oct. 14.

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 five matches into the season, and the Cats have broken or tied eight school records already. Among those are most goals in a game (nine), most assists in a game (six) and longest unbeaten streak (four games).

RACKING `EM UP: Freshman forward Candice Wilks has five goals on the season, but she has notched them all within the last three games. She ran off three goals against Southern Utah on Sept. 7 then dented the net twice against UNLV on Sept. 23.

CONSISTENT CONTRIBUTOR: Freshman midfielder Vanesha Bailey has scored or assisted at least one goal in each of the season's five matches thus far.

RANKED OPPONENTS: Six 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, California is No. 6, Stanford is No. 8, Washington is No. 16. Pepperdine and BYU received votes for ranking.

The Soccer America Top 20 has UCLA at No. 2, Nebraska at No. 4, Stanford at No. 5, California at No. 8 and Washington at No. 14.

In the national rankings, UCLA stands at No. 2, followed by #4 Stanford, #5 Nebraska, #8 California, #13 Washington and #25 Brigham Young.

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: With perfect 5-0-0 marks, Stanford and UCLA are currently tied for the lead in the conference. California is close behind at 6-1-0, followed by Oregon State and Washington, each at 4-1-1. Four Pac-10 teams are ranked in this week's NSCAA Coaches Poll.

ON LOCATION: The Wildcats are 3-0-1 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 five games thus far and have a 3-1-1 mark. Over the eight years of Wildcat soccer, the UA has a 31-18-2 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 eight-year history of the Arizona soccer program, 56 matches have been decided by that one-goal-or-less differential.

CAT SCRATCHES: Arizona has a 3-0 record this year when scoring three or more goals... The Cats are also 3-0 when allowing the opponent to score one or fewer goals... Freshman forward Cassie Daniels has four assists already this year, only two away from tying the school single-season record in that category.

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,

WVU, PITT GAMES CANCELED: Arizona's road games at West Virginia (Sept. 14) and at Pittsburgh (Sept. 16) were canceled after last week's terrorist attacks in the East. These contests will not be rescheduled.

CATS ADD TWO GAMES TO REPLACE CANCELED DATES: The Wildcats have added a pair of non-conference road games in October to replace those September games that were canceled. Arizona will play at Denver on Friday, Oct. 5, at 3 p.m. MDT, then they will travel to Colorado Springs to take on Air Force on Sunday, Oct. 7, at 12 p.m. MDT.

LORO�A NAMED PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK (Sept. 11): After a record-setting scoring performance during the Sept. 7 and 9 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 that 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. 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.

LINEUP SHAKE-UP: Six new Wildcats made their debut in the UA starting lineup during the season opener at No. 5 Nebraska on Aug. 31. 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).

INDIVIDUALLY IN 2000: Despite missing the last two matches of the season because of illness, rookie Liz Bartlett was Arizona's leading scorer, with five goals and one assist (11 points). Kristi Loro�a was second in scoring with four goals (eight points), followed closely by Sierra Cristiano's three goals and one assist (seven points). Five other players registered one goal or more during the season. Erin Nelson was the team leader in assists, with three, although a total of eight Wildcats were credited with assists for the year.

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

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