UA Soccer Takes on Ranked UCLA, USC Clubs at Home This Week

Oct. 16, 2002

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WHAT'S HAPPENING: The University of Arizona women's soccer team (5-5-1 overall, 0-1-0 Pac-10) takes on the L.A. schools this weekend in the Cats' first home Pac-10 games of the season. Arizona faces No. 7 UCLA on Friday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m., then the Wildcats play host to No. 19 USC on Sunday, Oct. 20, at 1 p.m. Both matches will take place at Murphey Stadium, 15th Street and Plumer Avenue.

SCOUTING ARIZONA: The Wildcats are 5-5-1 overall and 0-1-0 in Pac-10 play after suffering a 3-1 loss at Arizona State in the UA's only action last week.

Scoring Arizona's only goal in last weekend's action, redshirt freshman forward Kelly Nelson (Lakewood, Calif./Mayfair HS) holds the scoring lead for both Arizona and the Pac-10, with 10 goals (20 points). Freshman midfielder Lisa Kosena (Englewood, Colo./Cherry Creek HS) is second with four goals and four assists (12 points), followed by freshman forward Maggie MacCool (Sammamish, Wash./Skyline HS) with four goals and one assist (nine points). Freshman midfielder Erin Clewett (Yorba Linda, Calif./Esperanza HS) is tied with Kosena as the Cats' leaders in assists, with four on the season.

Freshman forward Mallory Miller (Tucson, Ariz./Salpointe Catholic HS) is the team leader in shots, with 34, including a team-high 17 on-goal. Senior midfielder Naomi Chu (Thousand Oaks, Calif./Westlake HS) and Kelly Nelson are tied for second in shots, with 23 each, while Nelson is second in shots on-goal, with 16.

True freshman goalkeeper Amanda Martin (Franklin, Tenn. HS) has started 10 matches so far, tallying 55 saves, two shutouts and a 1.29 goals-against average in 770 minutes of play. Redshirt freshman keeper Natalie Juarez (Claremont, Calif. HS) has played in six matches, starting two, and has logged 16 saves and a 1.87 GAA in 240 minutes. In addition to Martin's two solo shutouts, she and Juarez have combined for three shutouts, bringing the team total to five for the season, the most team shutouts since the 1997 squad had six.

As a team, Arizona leads the Pac-10 in saves (74), is tied for second in assists per game (2.36 apg) and is third in total points (84), goals (29) and goals per game (2.64 gpg). Kelly Nelson leads the conference in points per game (1.82 ppg), goals (10) and goals per game (0.91 gpg). Amanda Martin is the Pac-10 leader in saves per game (5.50 spg).

CATS AMONG NCAA SCORING LEADERS: Kelly Nelson's average of 0.91 goals per game ranks 24th among the nation's scoring leaders, while Arizona's team scoring average of 2.64 goals per game is 30th.

RECORD WATCH: Just 11 matches into the season, and Arizona has already set a new school record for most total points in a season. The Wildcats have tallied 84 points on 29 goals and 26 assists, breaking the school record of 80 points (30 goals, 20 assists) set by the 2001 team.

Arizona has racked up 29 goals already this season. Last year's squad tied the school record with 30 goals, so this year's Cats need just one more this year to tie that mark as well.

The six assists that the Wildcats collected during the Youngstown State win on Oct. 4 sent the Cats over the school record for single-season assists. The team now has 26 assists, a significant improvement over the old record of 20 set by the 1996 team and tied by the 1998 and 2001 squads.

Kelly Nelson's 10 goals is just one away from tying the school record for single season scoring (11). Lisa Kosena and Erin Clewett are also just two assists each away from tying the school season record (6) in that category as well.

SCOUTING UCLA: Holding down the No. 7 spot in this week's NSCAA Coaches Poll, UCLA is 9-3-0 overall and 1-1-0 in Pac-10 play after defeating then-No. 5 California, 1-0, on Oct. 11 and falling to then-No. 2 Stanford, 1-0, on Oct. 13. The Bruins have faced five nationally ranked opponents already this season.

UCLA's top five scorers are separated by only four points. With seven goals (14 points), freshman forward Iris Mora leads the Bruins in scoring. Sophomore forward Kim Devine (six goals, one assist) and freshman forward Katie Rivera (five goals, three assists) are tied for second in scoring, with 13 points each. Junior forward Sarah-Gayle Swanson follows with five goals and one assist (11 points), then it's sophomore forward Lindsay Greco with three goals and four assists (10 points).

Sophomore goalkeeper Sarah Lombardo has played in all 12 matches, tallying 22 saves, three shutouts and a 0.90 goals-against average in 1001 minutes of play. Junior keeper Jaclyn Harwood has seen action in three matches, notching two saves in 105 minutes. Lombardo and Harwood have combined for three shutouts, making the team total six on the year.

Head coach Jillian Ellis (William & Mary, 1988) has a 63-15-2 record in four seasons at UCLA and has a career record of 82-33-2 in six seasons.

THE SERIES vs. UCLA: The Bruins have a perfect 8-0-0 mark against Arizona, including a 2-0 win over the Cats in L.A. last year during their Pac-10 opener.

LAST MEETING WITH UCLA: Arizona fell to then-No. 2 UCLA, 2-0, in the Cats' Pac-10 opener in Los Angeles on Oct. 12, 2001.

The two teams played to a scoreless tie at halftime, with the Wildcats holding the Bruins to only three first-half shots. UCLA's Mary-Frances Monroe ended the stalemate with her goal at 57:48, then Stephanie Rigamat iced the win at 60:41.

UCLA had only a 10-4 edge in the shots category. Wildcats Twila Kaufman, Sierra Cristiano, Vanesha Bailey and Cassie Daniels logged one shot each, and head coach Cathy Klein used just one substitute the entire match.

Senior goalkeeper Shannon Monti played all 90 minutes in the nets for Arizona, collecting two saves. CiCi Peterson got the shutout for the Bruins with just one save.

SCOUTING USC: The 6-4-3 record that 19th-ranked USC is sporting is quite deceptive -- the Women of Troy have played seven nationally ranked opponents in their 13 matches this year. USC is coming off a split with the Bay Area schools in their first Pac-10 action at home last weekend. The Trojans were shutout, 2-0, by then-No. 2 Stanford on Oct. 11, but they rebounded to defeat then-No. 7 California, 2-0, on Oct. 13. USC, which is also ranked No. 12 in the Soccer America Top 25, will face Arizona State on Friday before heading to Tucson for Sunday's match.

As the team's leading scorer, senior midfielder Ali Fennell has scored six goals (12 points) for the Women of Troy, half of USC's goal total for the entire season so far. Junior forward Jessica Edwards is second in scoring, with two goals and one assist (five points), followed by fellow junior Megan Abbamonto's two goals (four points). Sophomore goalkeeper Julie Peterson has played all 1230 minutes in-goal for the Trojans this season, tallying 51 saves, seven shutouts and a 0.73 goals-against average.

USC head coach Jim Millinder (Cal State Dominguez Hills, 1993) holds an 89-38-9 mark in his seventh season at the helm of the Trojan program. He has a career record of 97-65-13 in nine years as a head coach.

THE SERIES vs. USC: The Women of Troy have a solid 7-1-0 lead in the series with Arizona, including wins in each of the last six meetings. Arizona's only win over USC was a 3-2 edging in Tucson on Oct. 5, 1995.

LAST MEETING WITH USC: Despite an eight-save performance from senior goalkeeper Shannon Monti, Arizona dropped a 2-0 decision at Southern California in Los Angeles on Oct. 14, 2001. The contest ended a six-game road swing for the Wildcats.

The Women of Troy jumped ahead early, logging both their goals in the first 10 minutes of the game. The Wildcats held USC scoreless for the remainder of the match but were unable to dent the net themselves.

USC out-shot Arizona, 18-3, including an 11-1 advantage in shots on-goal. Freshman forwards Candice Wilks and Cassie Daniels and senior midfielder Katie Winship registered Arizona's shots, with Wilks' being the only one on-goal.

RECAPPING LAST WEEK'S WILDCAT ACTION: The Wildcats fell to Arizona State, 3-1, in both teams' Pac-10 opener in Tempe on Oct. 11.

The Sun Devils started off the scoring in the 18th minute and then went ahead, 2-0, at 31:39. Arizona took that 0-2 deficit into halftime.

In the 53rd minute, Kelly Nelson broke the shutout for Arizona with a five-yard shot from the right side. Lisa Kosena was credited with the assist, her fourth of the season. Arizona State capped the win just over a minute-and-a-half later.

Late in the game, the Wildcats looked like they had scored again off a corner kick, but the goal was disallowed. The ball was ruled to have crossed out-of-bounds before it was put into the net, as it hit the top of the crossbar before rebounding into the goal area.

Kelly Nelson's goal was her 10th of the season, giving her the highest single-season goal total for any individual player since 1999. She needs just one more goal to tie the school record for single-season goal scoring.

Arizona State out-shot the Wildcats, 17-8, and had an 11-5 advantage in shots on-goal. UA's Mallory Miller had a team-high three shots, with two on-goal. Sophomore midfielder Candice Wilks (Altadena, Calif./LaSalle HS) registered two shots, both on-goal, and Lisa Kosena had a pair of shots as well. Kelly Nelson needed just the one shot to score. Goalkeeper Natalie Juarez played the entire match in-goal for Arizona, tallying seven saves.

LOOKING AHEAD: Arizona hits the road again next weekend, playing at Oregon on Friday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m. in Eugene. The Cats face Oregon State on Sunday, Oct. 27, at 12 p.m. PST in Corvallis.

The Wildcats return home the following weekend to face Washington (Nov. 1) and Washington State (Nov. 3). Arizona wraps up the 2002 regular season in the Bay Area during the second weekend of November.

ARIZONA HEAD COACH CATHY KLEIN: Third-year head coach Cathy Klein (SUNY-Cortland, 1987) holds a 13-32-4 mark at the helm of the Arizona program. She has a Division I career record of 70-73-5 over eight years and is 92-126-10 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.

SHARING THE WEALTH: The Wildcats' offensive production has been quite spread-out this season, with 14 different players registering at least one goal or one assist so far.

CURRENT CATS AMONG UA CAREER LEADERS: Senior midfielder Naomi Chu has broken into Arizona's top 10 for both career games started and games played. With 45 career starts, she is in ninth place on the UA career list in that category, and her 57 career games played places her 10th in that category.

Sophomore forward Candice Wilks is fifth on the UA career lists in gamewinning goals (2), tied for seventh in goals scored (8), is eighth in total points (19) and ninth in total shots (62). Fellow sophomore Vanesha Bailey is sixth in career assists (5) and tied for 10th in total points (17).

MUSICAL LINEUPS: Out of the 20 active players on the Arizona roster, 16 have started at least one contest this season.

TOUGH SCHEDULE: Six of this year's UA opponents were nationally ranked in various polls this week, and three more were ranked in their regions. In this week's NSCAA Coaches' Poll, Stanford is No. 1, UCLA is No. 7, California is No. 11 and USC is No. 19. Arizona State and Oklahoma received votes for ranking.

In the Soccer America Top 25, Stanford stands at No. 1, UCLA at No. 6, California at No. 7, USC at No. 12, Arizona State at No. 17 and Washington at No. 19.

In the NSCAA Coaches Regional Polls, Stanford (#1), UCLA (#4), California (#5), USC (#6), Arizona State (tied #7) and Washington (tied #10) are all among the top 10 in the West Region. Wisconsin is ranked No. 7 in the Great Lakes Region, and Oklahoma (#6) and Saint Louis (tied #9) are ranked in the Central Region.

In the Soccer Buzz Magazine Top 25, Stanford is No. 1, UCLA is No. 5, California is No. 13, Arizona State is No. 16 and USC is No. 22. Washington was among teams receiving votes for ranking in that poll.

THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME: The Wildcats have a 22-30-3 record in seven seasons playing on their home field, Murphey Stadium. They have a solid 8-5-1 mark in home games over the last two seasons combined.

ON LOCATION: This year, Arizona is 3-2-0 at home, 1-3-0 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 all four matches this season in which they have scored more than one goal. Over the nine years of Wildcat soccer, the UA has a 37-19-2 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 three matches decided this season by that differential. In the nine-year history of the Arizona soccer program, 64 matches have been decided by that one-goal-or-less differential.

CAT SCRATCHES: Arizona has a 5-1-0 mark this year when scoring first in a match... The Cats are also 4-0-0 when ahead at halftime and are 4-0-0 when outshooting opponents.

FIRST-TIME MEETINGS: The Cats certainly saw some diversity in their schedule this season. Nine of the 10 non-conference opponents they faced this year were first-time matchups for the UA.

SOLID DEFENSE: Arizona gave up only eight goals in the first eight games this year, tying the 1997 team for the fewest number of goals ever allowed through the first eight matches of any season.

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