Arizona Soccer Plays Final Home Matches of 2002 This Week

Oct. 29, 2002

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WHAT'S HAPPENING: The University of Arizona women's soccer team (5-9-1 overall, 0-5-0 Pac-10) will play its final home matches of the 2002 season this weekend. The Wildcats will face Washington on Friday, Nov. 1, at 7 p.m., then Arizona wraps up its home slate against Washington State on Sunday, Nov. 3, at 12 p.m. Both matches will be played at Murphey Stadium, located at 15th Street and Plumer Avenue. Admission is free.

Prior to Sunday's match, the Wildcats will be honoring this year's seniors -- Tymarie Novak and Naomi Chu.

SCOUTING ARIZONA: The Wildcats are 5-9-1 overall and 0-5-0 in Pac-10 play after losing at Oregon (3-2) on Oct. 25 and at Oregon State (5-0) on Oct. 27.

Redshirt freshman forward Kelly Nelson (Lakewood, Calif./Mayfair HS) scored another goal over the weekend, bringing her up to a school-record-tying 11 for the season. She leads the Cats in scoring with 11 goals and one assist (23 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). Freshmen Erin Clewett (Yorba Linda, Calif./Esperanza HS) and Jennifer Klein (Prescott, Ariz. HS) are 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 40, including a team-high 21 on-goal. Kelly Nelson is second in both shots, with 32, and shots on-goal, with 19.

True freshman goalkeeper Amanda Martin (Franklin, Tenn. HS) has played in 11 matches with nine starts, tallying 56 saves, two shutouts and a 1.39 goals-against average in 778 minutes of play. Redshirt freshman keeper Natalie Juarez (Claremont, Calif. HS) has played in 10 matches, starting six, and has logged 44 saves and a 2.26 GAA in 596 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 (106), is third in goals per game (2.13 gpg), tied for third in total goals (32), fourth in total points (94) and fourth in total assists (30). Individually, Kelly Nelson is the conference leader in both goals scored (11) and goals per game (0.73 gpg), and she is second points per game (1.53 ppg) and total points (23). Amanda Martin is third in saves per game (5.09 spg).

RECORD WATCH: Arizona has set or tied 11 school records so far this season. The Wildcats have set a new season scoring record with 94 points on 32 goals and 30 assists, breaking the school record of 80 points (30 goals, 20 assists) set by the 2001 team.

Arizona has racked up 32 goals already this season, breaking the old school record of 30 set by the 1999 team and tied by the 2001 squad. That means the Cats have scored more goals this season than any other team in nine years of UA soccer.

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 30 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 has tied Chrissy Sanford (1999) and Christine Keeley (1995) for the school record in single-season scoring, each with 11 goals. Jennifer Klein, 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 WASHINGTON: The Huskies stand at 8-5-3 overall and 3-1-1 in Pac-10 play. They had a four-game unbeaten streak snapped on Oct. 27 with a narrow 1-0 loss to top-ranked Stanford. Washington beat then-No. 11 California, 2-1, on Oct. 25. The Huskies are not ranked in the NSCAA Coaches Poll this week, but they are ranked No. 20 in the Soccer America Top 25.

With an astounding 16 assists on the season, junior forward Melissa Bennett is Washington's top scorer, having tallied five goals in addition to the 16 assists (26 points). Sophomore forward Tina Frimpong is second in scoring, with seven goals and three assists (17 points), followed by freshman forward Kim Taylor with six goals and two assists (14 points).

Senior goalkeeper Hope Solo has started 14 matches, recording 57 saves, one shutout and a 1.15 goals-against average in 1257 minutes of action. Junior keeper Lisa Brookens has played in four matches, starting two, and has tallied 12 saves and a 3.01 GAA in 269 minutes.

Head coach Lesle Gallimore (California, 1986) has a 101-64-10 record in nine seasons at Washington. She has a career record of 133-89-19 in 13 years as a head coach.

THE SERIES vs. WASHINGTON: The Huskies are undefeated in the series with Arizona, 7-0-0.

LAST MEETING WITH WASHINGTON: Battling chilly temperatures, constant rain and extremely slippery conditions, Arizona fell to then-No. 16 Washington, 2-0, in Seattle on Oct. 26, 2001.

The first half was relatively even, but with 31 seconds to play until halftime, Washington's Gina Brewer took a 25-yard shot that hit the crossbar and bounced down to the goal line. Wildcat goalkeeper Shannon Monti collected the ball and was preparing to punt it when the linesman signalled that the ball had crossed the goal line. With a 1-0 lead on the scoreboard, Washington held only an 8-6 edge in shots at the break.

The Huskies controlled the second half with several close chances, but Arizona's defense kept them off the scoreboard for the majority of the period. UW managed only one more goal, in the 74th minute, despite owning a 13-7 lead in shots for the half.

Monti made at least four diving saves during the second half, denying certain goals, and ended up with 10 saves for the match.

Wildcat Cassie Daniels collected a team-high four shots, and Liz Bartlett had three shots, including two on-goal. Candice Wilks registered three shots, with one on-goal, while Naomi Chu had the team's other shot on-goal.

SCOUTING WASHINGTON STATE: After opening the season 5-0, Washington State has gone 3-4-2 since and currently stands at 8-5-2 overall and 2-1-2 in Pac-10 action. The Cougars lost to top-ranked Stanford (1-0) on Oct. 25, then rebounded to defeat then-No. 11 California (2-0) on Oct. 27. WSU will play at Arizona State on Friday before heading to Tucson for Sunday's match with the Wildcats.

Only three points separate WSU's top five scorers. With five goals and five assists (15 points), junior forward Nicole Wilcox leads the Cougars in scoring. With 13 points each, Rachel Rodrick (5 goals, 3 assists), Kim Morgan (5 goals, 3 assists) and Alix Rustrum (4 goals, 5 assists) are all tied for second on the scoring chart.

Junior goalkeeper Sara Leibowitz has played the majority of minutes in-goal for WSU, logging 31 saves, five shutouts and a 0.74 goals-against average in 1091 minutes of play. Redshirt freshman keeper Katie Hultin has played in five matches, registering nine saves, a 1.68 GA average and 322 minutes of action.

WSU head coach Dan Tobias (Cal Poly, 1987) holds 41-43-6 mark in his fifth season at the helm of the Cougar program.

THE SERIES vs. WASHINGTON STATE: The Cougars have a 5-1-1 lead in the series with Arizona and have won three in a row.

LAST MEETING WITH WASHINGTON STATE: Behind another 10-save performance from senior goalkeeper Shannon Monti, Arizona forced Washington State to come from behind for a 3-1 win in Pullman on Oct. 28, 2001.

After even play through most of the first half, Arizona gained the upper hand at 40:37 when Vanesha Bailey, who ended up playing all three field positions during the match, converted a rebound from a Candice Wilks shot. The Wildcats carried that 1-0 lead into the break and continued to hold the Cougars scoreless through the first five minutes of the second half.

Turning on the pressure, Washington State pulled off all three of its goals in a nine-minute span early in the second half. The Cougars out-shot Arizona, 26-7, for the game.Wilks notched three of the Wildcats' shots, including two on-goal. Bailey, Cassie Daniels, Tymarie Novak and Kristi Loro�a had one shot apiece.

RECAPPING LAST WEEK'S WILDCAT ACTION: Arizona was swept by the Oregon schools on the road last weekend. Despite scoring two goals early in the second half, Arizona fell to Oregon, 3-2, in Eugene on Oct. 25. With the Cats' two goals, they set a new school record for single-season scoring, with 32 goals.

Oregon out-shot Arizona, 4-2, in the first half, but the contest was still scoreless at the break. Less than two minutes into the second half, Kelly Nelson broke the shutout with her 11th goal of the season, tying the school record for single-season scoring. The strike was assisted by Lindsey Greenwood.

At 55:58, Naomi Chu put the Cats ahead, 2-0, off a double-assist by Jennifer Klein and Althea Jones. The Cats' lead didn't last for long, however. In the 67th minute, Oregon's Sarah Denner sent a header into the back of the net, then teammate Arlene Tuttle tied the game just seven minutes later. In the 82nd minute, it was Tuttle who won the game for the Ducks, with her shot from 10 yards center.

The Ducks finished the match with an 11-6 edge in shots and a 9-5 advantage in shots on-goal. Goalkeeper Natalie Juarez had six saves for the Cats.

On Oct. 27, the Wildcats were shutout, 5-0, at Oregon State. OSU out-shot Arizona, 13-4, in the first half and scored two goals in the first 18 minutes of action. The Beavers put another goal on the board with less than two minutes remaining in the period and led 3-0 at the break.

The Wildcats stepped up offensively in the second half and out-shot the Beavers, 12-8, for the period but just couldn't find the back of the net. OSU put up two more tallies in the final 13 minutes of the game to win, 5-0.

Oregon State had a 21-16 advantage in shots and led the Cats in shots on-goal, 11-8. Kelly Nelson led Arizona with four shots, including one on-goal. Mallory Miller and Courtney Moseley had three shots each, with Miller registering a team-high three shots on-goal.

Goalkeeper Natalie Juarez started the match in the nets for the UA and played nearly 82 minutes, allowing four goals and making four saves. Keeper Amanda Martin came in for the final eight minutes of the match, giving up one goal and making one save.

LOOKING AHEAD: The Cats close the 2002 season in the Bay Area next weekend. 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 13-36-4 mark at the helm of the Arizona program. She has a Division I career record of 70-77-5 over eight years and is 92-130-10 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 10 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 is seventh on the UA career lists in both games played (61) and games started (49).

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 15 marches.

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. 6, USC is No. 16 and Arizona State is No. 24. California and Washington were among teams receiving votes for ranking.

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

In the Soccer America Top 25, Stanford stands at No. 1, UCLA at No. 4, USC at No. 13, Arizona State at No. 17, California at No. 18 and Washington at No. 20.

In the Soccer Buzz Magazine Top 25, Stanford is No. 1, UCLA is No. 5, USC is No. 19 and Arizona State is No. 20. California received votes for ranking in the poll.

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, 1-5-0 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 four of the five matches this season in which they have scored more than one goal. Over the nine years of Wildcat soccer, the UA has a 37-20-2 record when scoring two goals or more.

CLOSE BUT...: The outcome of six of the Wildcats' 15 games this season has been decided by one goal or less. In the nine-year history of the Arizona soccer program, 67 matches have been decided by that one-goal-or-less differential.

CAT SCRATCHES: Arizona has a 5-2-0 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.

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