On the Road Again: UA Soccer to Play at Belmont, Kentucky This Week

Sept. 24, 2002

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WHAT'S HAPPENING: The University of Arizona women's soccer team (3-2-1 overall, 0-0-0 Pac-10) hits the road again this week, heading back East for a pair of matches. Arizona will play at Belmont in Nashville, Tenn., on Friday, Sept. 27, at 7 p.m. CDT, then it's the Wildcats versus the Wildcats as the UA takes on Kentucky on Sunday, Sept. 27, at 12 p.m. EDT in Lexington.

SCOUTING ARIZONA: Seeking to end a two-game losing streak, the Wildcats stand at 3-2-1 overall. They lost to San Diego, 3-0, in their only action last week on Sept. 22.

After being held scoreless in the last two matches, the scoring chart hasn't changed for the Cats over the last two weeks. Seven different players have been 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 continutes to lead all players with 16 shots, including eight shots on-goal, while Chu has 14 shots, also with a team-best of 10 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 six matches so far, tallying 37 saves, two shutouts and a 1.03 goals-against average in 526 minutes of play. Redshirt freshman keeper Natalie Juarez (Claremont, Calif. HS) has played 34 minutes so far and combined with Martin for the shutout against Northern Iowa on Sept. 8.

SCOUTING BELMONT: Still seeking its first win of the season, Belmont is 0-6-0 overall and 0-1-0 in Atlantic Sun Conference action. Most recently, the Bruins suffered a 5-0 loss to Jacksonville at home on Sept. 22. Belmont will play Tennessee Tech at home on Tuesday before playing host to Arizona on Friday.

As a team, Belmont has scored only four goals all season, each coming from a different player. Senior midfielder Kerry Powell is the squad's leading scorer, with one goal and one assist (three points). She has a team-best nine shots as well. Audrey Troutt, Amy Johnson and Jenny Tarvin scored the Bruins' other three goals.

Freshman goalkeeper Ali Young has played in six matches, collecting 45 saves and a 5.87 goals-against average in 506 minutes of action. Fellow freshman Katie McCabe, who is listed as a defender, has played 34 minutes in-goal, tallying three saves and a 2.62 GAA.

Belmont head coach Sterling Nabours (Southwest Baptist, 1995) holds an 11-36-0 mark in three seasons at the helm of the Bruin program. He has a career record of 35-43-2 in four years as a head coach.

Arizona's matchup with the Bruins on Friday will be a first for the two programs.

SCOUTING KENTUCKY: A team that has been in and out of the national rankings this season, Kentucky is 4-3-0 overall and has lost three of its last four matches. In their only action last week, the Wildcats were edged, 2-1, by Southeast Missouri State at home on Sept. 19. Kentucky will play host to Vanderbilt in its SEC opener on Friday night before facing Arizona on Sunday.

Kentucky's scoring has been nearly as spread-out as Arizona's this season. Eleven different players have either scored a goal or registered an assist so far, paced by junior forward Elizabeth Ramsey's three goals and two assists (eight points). Fellow junior Kara McCue follows with two goals (four points).

Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Liz Butler has played all 642 minutes in the nets for UK, registering 17 saves, two shutouts and a 1.12 goals-against average.

In his 11th season with the Wildcats, head coach Warren Lipka (South Carolina, 1986) has a 126-80-10 record.

ARIZONA'S LAST TIME OUT: Playing at home for the first time in three weeks, Arizona was shutout, 3-0, by San Diego at Murphey Stadium on Sept. 22.

San Diego struck early, denting the net in the 17th minute. The Wildcats had several good runs in the first half, including a breakaway by sophomore forward Candice Wilks (Altadena, Calif./LaSalle HS) with 18 minutes left in the period. She carried the ball for more than half the field but just couldn't get off a clean shot. Redshirt freshman Kelly Nelson (Lakewood, Calif./Mayfair HS) had a solid shot that just skimmed the crossbar with less than three minutes left in the half. The Cats were down only 1-0 at the break.

Barely 10 minutes into the second half, San Diego was awarded a penalty kick opportunity, which UA goalkeeper Amanda Martin was able to stop. USD's Val Strocco collected the rebound, however, and sent it into the net before the Wildcat defense could recover. A scramble in the goal mouth in the 62nd minute resulted in the Toreros' third goal.

The Cats did have some opportunities to score late in the game but were unable to convert. Naomi Chu had a rocket from the right side stopped in the 76th minute, and USD's goalkeeper poked away a shot by Erin Clewett in the 84th minute.

San Diego had a 20-7 advantage in shots, including a 14-4 edge in shots on-goal. Each of Arizona's seven shots was taken by a different player. Wildcat goalkeeper Amanda Martin surrendered all three goals but racked up a season-high 10 saves.

LOOKING AHEAD: Next weekend, the Wildcats will play host to Saint Louis, Idaho State and Youngstown State for the Arizona Tournament on Friday, Oct. 4, and Sunday, Oct. 6. Saint Louis and Idaho State will play in the first game on Friday at 5 p.m., then Arizona will take on Youngstown State in the second game at 7:30 p.m. The two losing teams will meet on Sunday at 11 a.m., followed by the winning teams at 2 p.m.

Arizona will kick off Pac-10 play at Arizona State on Friday, Oct. 11, at 7 p.m. The following weekend, the Cats will face UCLA (Oct. 18) and USC (Oct. 20) in their first conference matches at home.

ARIZONA HEAD COACH CATHY KLEIN: Third-year head coach Cathy Klein (SUNY-Cortland, 1987) holds an 11-29-4 mark at the helm of the Arizona program. She has a Division I career record of 68-70-5 over eight years and is 90-123-10 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.

FIRST-TIME MEETINGS: The Cats are certainly seeing some diversity in their schedule this season. Five of the six opponents they have already faced were first-time matchups for the UA, and they will take on two more first-time opponents this weekend. Before the season is over, Arizona will have played nine different opponents for the first time ever.

CHU JOINS CAREER LEADERS: Senior midfielder Naomi Chu has broken into Arizona's top 10 for career games started. With 42 career starts, she is tied for 10th on the UA career list in that category. She needs to play in just one more game to crack the top 10 in career games played.

MUSICAL LINEUPS: Out of the 20 active players on the Arizona roster, 15 have started at least one contest already this 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. 15. In the Soccer America Top 25, Stanford stands at No. 2, UCLA at No. 4, California at No. 6, Washington at No. 16 and USC at No. 18.

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

In the Soccer Buzz Magazine Top 25, Stanford is No. 2, UCLA is No. 3, California is No. 4 and Washington is No. 21. Arizona State received votes for ranking.

THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME: The Wildcats have a 21-29-3 record in seven seasons playing on their home field, Murphey Stadium. They have a stellar 7-4-1 mark in home games over the last two seasons combined.

ON LOCATION: This year, Arizona is 2-1-0 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.

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.

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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