UA Soccer Faces San Diego at Home in Only Action of Week

Sept. 18, 2002

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WHAT'S HAPPENING: Gaining a brief respite from its travels, the University of Arizona women's soccer team (3-1-1 overall, 0-0-0 Pac-10) will play a home match this weekend for the first time in three weeks. The Wildcats will take on San Diego on Sunday, Sept. 22, at 11 a.m. in their only action of the week.

SUNDAY IS YOUTH DAY: Sunday's match has been designated as Youth Day at Murphey Stadium (15th Street & Plumer Avenue). Soccer team posters will be distributed before the match, and after the game, the coaches and players will available for autographs. The team will also host a post-game soccer clinic for children ages 13 and under, beginning at 1:30 p.m. There is no charge for admission to UA soccer games.

SCOUTING ARIZONA: The Wildcats are 3-1-1 overall following a close 2-0 loss at Oklahoma last weekend. The Cats are in the midst of a stretch that will see them play five of six matches on the road.

The scoring has been quite spread-out for the Cats, with seven different players responsible for the nine goals scored so far this season. With two goals (four points) each, freshman forward Mallory Miller (Tucson, Ariz./Salpointe Catholic HS) and senior midfielder Naomi Chu (Thousand Oaks, Calif./Westlake HS) are tied for the Wildcat scoring lead.

Junior midfielder Lindsey Greenwood (Bettendorf, Iowa/Pleasant Valley HS) and senior defender Tymarie Novak (Orange, Calif./Rosary Catholic HS) follow on the scoring chart with one goal and one assist (three points) each. Freshman forward Erin Clewett (Yorba Linda, Calif./Esperanza HS) is the Cats' assists leader, with three on the season already.

Miller leads all players with 15 shots, including eight shots on-goal, while Chu has 13 shots, also with a team-best of nine on-goal. Freshman midfielder Lisa Kosena (Englewood, Colo./Cherry Creek HS) is third with eight shots on the season, five on-goal.

True freshman goalkeeper Amanda Martin (Franklin, Tenn. HS) has started all five matches so far, tallying 27 saves, two shutouts and a 0.60 goals-against average in 453 minutes of play. Redshirt freshman keeper Natalie Juarez (Claremont, Calif. HS) has played 17 minutes so far and combined with Martin for the shutout against Northern Iowa on Sept. 8.

SCOUTING SAN DIEGO: After falling to UCLA in their season opener on Aug. 30, the Toreros have been undefeated since and stand at 5-1-1 overall. San Diego is coming off a weekend that saw it log home wins over Fresno State (4-2) on Sept. 13 and Long Beach State (3-0) on Sept. 15. The Toreros will play at Arizona State on Friday night before heading to Tucson for Sunday's match.

With seven goals and one assist (15 points), freshman forward Lee Ann Klopschinski has a solid hold on the USD scoring lead. Junior midfielder Brenna Mullen is second with five goals and two assists (12 points), followed by Brooke Roby (1 goal, 5 assists) and Marie Claude-Henry (2 goals, 3 assists) with seven points each.

Sophomore goalkeeper Natalie Bobbit has played in five matches, collecting 10 saves, one shutout and a 0.82 goals-against average in 330 minutes of action. Junior keeper Libby Bassett has seen nearly equal time, playing in four contests, accumulating 14 saves and a 2.53 GAA in 320 minutes.

USD head coach John Cossaboon (SUNY Cortland, 1978) holds a 67-36-4 mark in six seasons at the helm of the Torero program. He has a career record of 79-60-4 in eight years as a head coach.

Arizona's matchup with the Toreros on Sunday will be a first for the two programs.

ARIZONA'S LAST TIME OUT: Playing its third straight match on the road, Arizona was shutout, 2-0, at Oklahoma on Sunday.

The two teams played to a scoreless tie in the first half. The Sooners held an 8-5 edge in total shots at the break, but Arizona had the 3-2 advantage in shots on-goal for the period. Oklahoma struck quickly in the second half, breaking the shutout in the 48th minute. The Sooners capped the win just four minutes later with another tally at 51:21.

Naomi Chu came off the bench to lead Arizona with three shots, including two on-goal. Mallory Miller also had three shots, one on-goal, while sophomore forward Candice Wilks (Altadena, Calif./LaSalle HS) registered a pair of shots, with one on-goal. Sophomore defender Vanesha Bailey (Las Vegas, Nev./Cimarron-Memorial HS) recorded a shot as well. Goalkeeper Amanda Martin recorded four saves in the match.

LOOKING AHEAD: Arizona hits the road again next weekend for a pair of matches back East. The Cats play at Belmont on Friday, Sept. 27, at 7 p.m. CDT, then they take on Kentucky on Sunday, Sept. 29, at 12 p.m. EDT in Lexington.

The Wildcats will play host to Saint Louis, Idaho State and Youngstown State on Friday, Oct. 4, and Sunday, Oct. 6, for the Arizona Tournament. Arizona opens Pac-10 play on Friday, Oct. 11, at Arizona State.

ARIZONA HEAD COACH CATHY KLEIN: Third-year head coach Cathy Klein (SUNY-Cortland, 1987) holds an 11-28-4 mark at the helm of the Arizona program. She has a Division I career record of 68-69-5 over eight years and is 90-122-10 in 13 seasons 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 third 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 second season with the Wildcats. His primary responsibility at the UA is coaching the goalkeepers.

WHAT A START!: Arizona's 3-0-1 mark was the best record ever through the first four matches of any season, making it the best start in the program's history.

SOLID DEFENSE: The three goals that Arizona has allowed opponents to score so far this year is the lowest goal total ever through the first five games of a season. The previous low was five goals through the first five games of the 1997 season.

TOUGH SCHEDULE: Five of this year's UA opponents were nationally ranked this week, and four more were ranked in their regions. In this week's NSCAA Coaches' Poll, Stanford is No. 2, UCLA is No. 3, California is No. 5, and Washington is No. 19. Kentucky received votes for ranking in the poll, after falling from the No. 19 spot where it was ranked last week. In the Soccer America Top 25, Stanford stands at No. 2, UCLA at No. 4, California at No. 6, USC at No. 20 and Washington at No. 21.

In the NSCAA Coaches Regional Polls, Stanford (#1), UCLA (#2), California (#3), Washington (tied #6) and San Diego (tied #9) are all among the top 10 in the West Region. Kentucky (#4) and Wisconsin (#7) are both ranked in the Great Lakes Region. Oklahoma is tied for No. 5 in the Central Region.

THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME: The Wildcats have a 21-28-3 record in seven seasons playing on their home field, Murphey Stadium. They have a stellar 7-3-1 mark in home games over the last two seasons combined.

ON LOCATION: This year, Arizona is 2-0-0 at home, 0-1-0 in road games and 1-0-1 in neutral contests. The Wildcats were 5-3-1 at home last season, 0-9-0 on the road and 0-0-0 in neutral games.

TWICE IS NICE: Traditionally, the Cats have fared rather well when scoring two or more goals in a match. They won both their matches of the season in which they have scored more than one goal. Over the nine years of Wildcat soccer, the UA has a 35-19-2 record when scoring two goals or more.

CLOSE BUT...: The outcome of six of the Wildcats' 18 games last season were decided by one goal or less, and the Cats have already had two matches decided this season by that differential. In the nine-year history of the Arizona soccer program, 63 matches have been decided by that one-goal-or-less differential.

CAT SCRATCHES: Arizona has a perfect 3-0-0 mark this year when scoring first in a match... The Cats are also 2-0-0 when ahead at halftime and are 2-0-0 when outshooting opponents.

WILDCATS TAKE IOWA STATE CYCLONE CLASSIC TITLE: Arizona used a 5-0 drubbing of Northern Iowa on Sept. 8 to win the title at the Iowa State Cyclone Classic in Ames, Iowa. The Cats tied Wisconsin, 1-1 in double overtime, on Sept. 6, and although Wisconsin defeated host Iowa State on the second day of action, Arizona was awarded the title by virtue of a goal differential tiebreaker.

Arizona dominated the All-Tournament team as well, with Amanda Martin, Naomi Chu, Erin Clewett and Vanesha Bailey earning All-Tournament honors. Vanesha Bailey was named the tournament Defensive Most Valuable Player, and Naomi Chu was chosen the tournament Offensive Most Valuable Player.

ARIZONA WINS OWN WILDCAT INVITATIONAL TO OPEN SEASON: The Cats opened the 2002 season with two wins at home, taking the title of their own Wildcat Invitational on Aug. 30 and Sept. 1. Arizona kicked off the season on Aug. 30 with a 2-0 win over Drake in the first round of the tournament, then the Cats capped the weekend with a 1-0 victory over Cal Poly on Sept. 1. This marked the first time in the history of the program that the Wildcats have opened a season with back-to-back shutout victories and was the first time since 1997 that the Cats have begun a season with two straight wins.

Each of Arizona's three goals that weekend was scored by a different player. Tymarie Novak notched the Cats' first goal of the season on Aug. 30, her second goal as a Wildcat. Lisa Kosena and Kelly Nelson each dented the net once, logging their first collegiate goals. Erin Clewett assisted Nelson's goal for the win on Sept. 1.

Goalkeeper Amanda Martin played all 180 minutes in the nets for the Cats, tallying 14 saves while not allowing any goals. She racked up nine saves against Cal Poly on Sept. 1, and with the weekend's two shutouts, she became the first Wildcat goalkeeper since 1999 to log more than one shutout in a season.

WILDCAT RECRUITING CLASS RANKED AMONG BEST IN REGION: The 2002 UA women's soccer recruiting class was ranked 17th in the West Region by Soccer Buzz Magazine. That's outstanding when you consider the caliber of women's soccer programs in this region. Every Pac-10 school's recruiting class made the regional top 20 list.

CATS LOSE LIZ BARTLETT: Due to chronic illness, junior forward Liz Bartlett has decided to take a permanent medical hardship and will no longer be playing for the Wildcats. She will, however, still participate in the team's community service projects.

After being one of the UA's top scorers in each of her first two seasons, Bartlett finishes her career as Arizona's fifth-leading scorer all time. She started all 36 of the matches she played in and missed only two matches in her two seasons at the UA. Bartlett collected 76 shots, 10 goals and two assists (22 points) during her brief Arizona career.

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