Wildcat Soccer Heads to Oregon This Week

Oct. 22, 2002

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WHAT'S HAPPENING: The University of Arizona women's soccer team (5-7-1 overall, 0-3-0 Pac-10) hits the road again this weekend, this time headed for Oregon. The Wildcats will play at Oregon on Friday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m., then they will take on Oregon State on Sunday, Oct. 27, at 12 p.m. PST in Corvallis.

SCOUTING ARIZONA: Coming off two heart-breakingly close losses to the L.A. schools at home last weekend, the Wildcats are 5-7-1 overall and 0-3-0 in Pac-10 play. On Oct. 18, the Cats were edged by No. 7 UCLA, 1-0, then Arizona took No. 19 USC into overtime before falling, 2-1, on Oct. 20.

Redshirt freshman forward Kelly Nelson (Lakewood, Calif./Mayfair HS) remains in the scoring lead for Arizona, with 10 goals and one assist (21 points). Freshman midfielder Lisa Kosena (Englewood, Colo./Cherry Creek HS) is second with four goals and four assists (12 points), followed closely by freshman forward Maggie MacCool (Sammamish, Wash./Skyline HS) with five goals and one assist (11points). 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 36, including a team-high 18 on-goal. Kelly Nelson is second in both shots, with 26, and shots on-goal, with 16.

True freshman goalkeeper Amanda Martin (Franklin, Tenn. HS) has started 10 matches, 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 eight matches, starting four, and has logged 34 saves and a 1.70 GAA in 424 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 (94), is third in goals per game (2.31 gpg), tied for third in goals scored (30) and is fourth in assists (27). Individually, Kelly Nelson is the conference leader in both goals scored (10) and goals per game (0.77 gpg), and she is second in total points (21) and points per game (1.62 ppg). Amanda Martin is second in saves per game (5.50 spg).

RECORD WATCH: Just 13 matches into the season, and Arizona has already set or tied nine school records. The Wildcats have set a new season scoring record with 87 points on 30 goals and 27 assists, breaking the school record of 80 points (30 goals, 20 assists) set by the 2001 team.

Arizona has racked up 30 goals already this season, tying the school record for that category set by the 1999 team and tied by the 2001 squad. That means the Cats are just one goal from scoring more than any other team in UA soccer history.

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 27 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 OREGON: On a seven-game winless streak, the Ducks are 1-10-2 overall and 0-3-1 in Pac-10 play. They were shutout by both No. 11 California (2-0) and No. 1 Stanford (3-0) in the Bay Area last weekend. Oregon's only win of the season so far was a 4-2 victory over Wisconsin-Green Bay on Sept. 22 in the Nike Tournament at Oregon State.

The Ducks have scored a total of nine goals all season. Senior midfielder Amanda Orand leads Oregon in scoring, with two goals and two assists (six points). Freshman forward Mele French is second with two goals and one assist (five points), followed by fellow freshman Carlie Ashcraft with one goal and one assist (three points).

Senior goalkeeper Sarah Peters has played every match in the nets for Oregon, registering 74 saves and a 2.14 goals-against average in 1178 minutes. Junior keeper Mary Etter saw 32 minutes of action in one match, allowing two goals and notching one save.

Head coach Bill Steffen (SUNY-Albany, 1982) has a 36-79-4 record in seven seasons at Oregon.

THE SERIES vs. OREGON: The Ducks have a 3-1-1 lead in the series with Arizona, although the Cats nabbed their first win over Oregon last season.

LAST MEETING WITH OREGON: Wildcat freshman Candice Wilks assisted a goal and scored the gamewinner as Arizona logged a 2-1 come-from-behind victory over Oregon at home on Oct. 19, 2001. The victory became Arizona's first Pac-10 win since Nov. 5, 1999.

The Ducks found the net first when goalkeeper Sarah Peters sent a long drop kick over the Wildcat defense and found Chalise Baysa, who scored from about 15 yards out at 16:19. Arizona kept up an offensive barrage and reaped the reward in the 30th minute when Candice Wilks zipped up the left side of the field to send a short pass to Liz Bartlett, who was wide open from eight yards. The two teams were tied, 1-1, at the half.

Arizona dominated the second half, out-shooting the Ducks 8-5 for the period. In the 65th minute, Vanesha Bailey collected a loose ball at the top of the box, dribbled around a couple of Oregon defenders, then pushed the ball forward for Wilks' gamewinning goal.

SCOUTING OREGON STATE: With five losses in their last six matches, the Beavers are 7-6-2 overall and 0-4-0 in Pac-10 action. Oregon State was swept by then-No. 1 Stanford (2-0) and then-No. 11 California (3-1) on the road last weekend. OSU will face Arizona State at home on Friday before taking on the Wildcats on Sunday.

With six goals and three assists (15 points), junior midfielder Courtney Carter leads Oregon State in scoring. Freshman forward Brianna Monka is second with five goals and two assists (12 points), followed closely by sophomore midfielder Lindsey Beem (3 goals, 5 assists, 11 points) and senior forward Katie Henderson (4 goals, 2 assists, 10 points).

Senior goalkeeper Jo Fletcher has played in all 15 matches, garnering 77 saves, five shutouts and a 1.12 goals-against average in 1369 minutes of play. Freshman keeper Alicia Artuso has played in one game, seeing 35 minutes of action and tallying three saves while allowing one goal.

OSU head coach Steve Fennah (Sheffield Hallamshire, 1989) holds 37-50-8 mark in his fifth season at the helm of the Beaver program.

THE SERIES vs. OREGON STATE: The series between the Beavers and the Wildcats is tied at 3-3-1. Arizona downed Oregon State, 2-1 in overtime, during last season's meeting.

LAST MEETING WITH OREGON STATE: Staging another come-from-behind victory, Arizona grabbed a 2-1 win from Oregon State in overtime at home on Oct. 21, 2001. With that weekend's sweep of the Oregon schools, the Wildcats won back-to-back Pac-10 games for the first time in the history of the program.

The teams were in a scoreless tie at halftime, although Arizona had an 8-6 edge in shots at the break. Oregon State broke the shutout quickly in the second period, with Stephanie Lucas scoring at 47:01. In the 82nd minute, Arizona's Twila Kaufman sent a short back-pass in the box to Cassie Daniels, who promptly tied the game with her bullet from 12 yards center. The Wildcats stepped up pressure for the remainder of regulation but were unable to finish the game.

They didn't need long into the overtime to take the victory, though. The Beavers were unable to do anything about the rocket that Candice Wilks sent from 20 yards out to win the game at 91:00.

Arizona out-shot Oregon State, 23-11, for the match, including an 11-4 advantage in shots on-goal. The Wildcats also set a new school record with 12 corner kicks in the game.

RECAPPING LAST WEEK'S WILDCAT ACTION: Arizona was swept by the L.A. schools at home last weekend, but it was by a combined total of just two goals. On Oct. 18, then-No. 7 UCLA needed a penalty kick late in the game to slip by Arizona, 1-0, in Tucson.

The first half proved to be an active one for Arizona's goalkeeper Natalie Juarez, who registered five saves for the period, several of them spectacular.

On the offensive side, the Cats put together a number of great runs but were unable to convert most of them into shot attempts. In the ninth minute, sophomore forward Candice Wilks (Altadena, Calif./La Salle HS) made a strong run up the left side and sent a cross to Kelly Nelson, who just couldn't get to the ball before it rolled out-of-bounds. Barely three minutes later, Wilks sent a rocket toward the UCLA goal from 15 yards out on the left side, but Bruin goalkeeper Sarah Lombardo stopped the shot for her only save of the match. The game was scoreless at halftime.

It was much of the same in the second half. During the 52nd minute, the Wildcats put together an outstanding sequence that proved to be their only true threat of the period. Junior midfielder Lindsey Greenwood (Bettendorf, Iowa/Pleasant Valley HS) sent a through-ball to senior midfielder Naomi Chu (Thousand Oaks, Calif./Westlake HS) on the left side. Chu promptly served the ball to Kelly Nelson in the center of the box, but Nelson sent the ball wide right.

UCLA's Jill Oakes scored the only goal of the contest at 67:46 when she was awarded a penalty kick after a teammate was fouled hard in the box. The Bruins registered only one more shot on-goal after that.

UCLA out-shot Arizona, 25-2, for the match and had a 13-1 advantage in shots on-goal. Wildcat goalkeeper Juarez finished the contest with a season-high 10 saves while playing all 90 minutes, her second complete game of the season.

After scoring a goal late to send the match into overtime, Arizona was edged by then-No. 19 USC, 2-1, at home on Oct. 20. With that goal, the Wildcats tied the school record for single season scoring, with 30 goals on the year.

USC got off the first three shots of the game during the first 12 minutes, but Arizona had its chances in the early goings as well. At 26:19, USC's Ashley Casas sent a pass from the left side to Jessica Edwards, who struck from the right side when Wildcat goalkeeper Natalie Juarez slipped.

Two minutes later, Arizona had a chance to score the equalizer when it was awarded a penalty kick after Naomi Chu was fouled in the box. Erin Clewett took the PK for Arizona, but it was stopped by USC goalkeeper Julie Peterson. Neither team scored again during the period, so the Women of Troy took their 1-0 lead into the break.

After being out-shot, 11-5, in the first half, Arizona clamped down on USC and out-shot the Women of Troy, 6-5, in the second half. With less than four minutes left in regulation, Kelly Nelson carried the ball through the USC defense and pushed it forward to Maggie MacCool, who sent the game into overtime with her fifth goal of the season at 86:29. The assist was Nelson's first of the season.

With five seconds left in regulation, a USC defender received her second yellow card of the match and was ejected. That resulted in the Women of Troy entering overtime a player short. Initially, it appeared that Arizona might be able to take advantage of the situation, when freshman defender Jennifer Klein (Prescott, Ariz. HS) sent a corner kick into the box at 91:56, but Kelly Nelson's subsequent header was wide left. Two minutes later, Trojan Ali Fennell took a long ball from Amanda Roach and tipped the game-winner past Natalie Juarez at 93:42.

LOOKING AHEAD: Arizona returns to Tucson next weekend for its final home matches of the 2002 season. The Wildcats will face Washington on Friday, Nov. 1, at 7 p.m., then they take on Washington State on Sunday, Nov. 3, at 12 p.m.

The Cats wrap up regular season play in the Bay Area during the second weekend of November. They play at California on Friday, Nov. 8, at 11:30 a.m. PST, then they will face Stanford on Sunday, Nov. 10, at 1 p.m. PST in Palo Alto.

ARIZONA HEAD COACH CATHY KLEIN: Third-year head coach Cathy Klein (SUNY-Cortland, 1987) holds a 13-34-4 mark at the helm of the Arizona program. She has a Division I career record of 70-75-5 over eight years and is 92-128-10 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.

SPARK OFF THE BENCH: Freshman forward Maggie MacCool seems to give the Wildcats an offensive lift almost every match she plays in. She has come off the bench in nine games this season and scored goals in four of those matches. Her first collegiate goal was the Cats' second in a 5-0 blowout against Northern Iowa during the Iowa State Cyclone Classic on Sept. 8. At Belmont on Sept. 28, MacCool registered both a goal and an assist, then she struck twice against Youngstown State in the very next match on Oct. 4. Her fifth goal of the season was a vital one, as it was the equalizer that sent the Cats into overtime against then-No. 19 USC on Oct. 20.

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.

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 47 career starts, she is in a tie for seventh place on the UA career list in that category, and her 59 career games played ties her for eighth 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 (66). 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. Five players have, however, started all 13 marches so far.

TOUGH SCHEDULE: Six of this year's UA opponents were nationally ranked in various polls this week, and two 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. 17.

In the NSCAA Coaches Regional Polls, Stanford (#1), UCLA (#4), California (#5), USC (#6) and Arizona State (#8) are all among the top 10 in the West Region. Wisconsin is ranked No. 10 in the Great Lakes Region, and Oklahoma is No. 6 in the Central Region.

In the Soccer America Top 25, Stanford stands at No. 1, UCLA at No. 5, California at No. 7, USC at No. 11, Arizona State at No. 20 and Washington at No. 25.

In the Soccer Buzz Magazine Top 25, Stanford is No. 1, UCLA is No. 5, California is No. 14, USC is No. 19 and Arizona State is No. 23.

THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME: The Wildcats have a 22-32-3 record in seven seasons playing on their home field, Murphey Stadium.

ON LOCATION: This year, Arizona is 3-4-0 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 five of the Wildcats' 13 games this season have been decided by one goal or less. In the nine-year history of the Arizona soccer program, 66 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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