Arizona Soccer Closes 2002 in Bay Area

Nov. 5, 2002

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WHAT'S HAPPENING: The University of Arizona women's soccer team (6-10-1 overall, 1-6-0 Pac-10) wraps up the 2002 season on the road in the Bay Area this weekend. The Wildcats will play at California on Friday, Nov. 8, at 11:30 a.m. PST, then Arizona takes on top-ranked Stanford on Sunday, Nov. 10, at 1 p.m. PST in Palo Alto.

SCOUTING ARIZONA: The Wildcats split with the Washington schools at home over the weekend to move to 6-10-1 overall and 1-6-0 in Pac-10 play. In last week's action, Arizona defeated Washington, 2-1 in overtime, on Nov. 1, but fell to Washington State, 4-2, on Nov. 3. Arizona's six wins exceeds last season's victory total of five and is the highest number of wins for the Cats since the 1999 team had seven.

Redshirt freshman forward Kelly Nelson (Lakewood, Calif./Mayfair HS) scored two more goals over the weekend, bringing her up to a school-record and Pac-10-leading 13 strikes for the season. She leads the Cats in scoring with 13 goals and one assist (27 points), tying the school record for most total points in a season.

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 45, including 23 on-goal. Kelly Nelson is second in shots, with 39, and has a team-high 24 shots on-goal.

Redshirt freshman keeper Natalie Juarez (Claremont, Calif. HS) has played in 12 matches, starting eight, and has logged 56 saves and a 2.28 GAA in 791 minutes of action. 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. 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 (118), is tied for third in goals (36), tied for third in goals per game (2.12 gpg), is fourth in total points (104) and fourth in assists per game (1.88 apg). Individually, Kelly Nelson is the conference leader in points per game (1.59 ppg), goals (13), goals per game (0.76 gpg) and is tied for the lead in total points (27). Natalie Juarez is fourth in saves per game (4.67 spg).

NELSON NAMED PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK: For her performances against the Washington schools, Kelly Nelson was named the Pac-10 Conference Player of the Week for Oct. 29-Nov. 3.

Nelson scored two goals as Arizona split with the Washington schools in Tucson. Nelson notched the game-winner five minutes into the second overtime period against No. 20 Washington on Nov. 1, lifting the Cats to a 2-1 win. It marked Arizona's first-ever win against the Huskies in eight meetings. It was Nelson's third game-winner and tied the UA school record for most game-winning goals in a season. The victory also snapped a six-game losing skid for the Wildcats, while Nelson's goal broke Arizona individual record for goals in a season. In the 4-2 loss to Washington State on Nov. 3, Nelson scored her Pac-10-leading 13th goal of the season in the 61st minute. Nelson also tied the school single-season record with 27 points on the year.

This is Nelson's first Pac-10 Player of the Week honor and Arizona's third such honor all-time.

THE FUTURE'S SO BRIGHT...: The Cats should be in pretty good shape offensively for the next few years. Five of Arizona's top six scorers this season are freshmen. Out of the 104 total points that the Wildcats have accumulated this season, freshmen have accounted for 82 points -- that's 79% of the team's total offense.

SCOUTING CALIFORNIA: With five losses in its last seven matches, California has taken a nose-dive in the national rankings after being ranked as high as No. 5 for three weeks earlier in the season. The Golden Bears are 9-7-1 overall and 2-5-0 in conference action after a close 2-1 loss to Stanford at home last Saturday. Cal is not ranked in this week's NSCAA Coaches' Poll but did receive votes for ranking. The Golden Bears are No. 21 in this week's Soccer America Top 25.

With eight goals (16 points), freshman Tracy Hamm leads Cal in scoring, followed by fellow rookie Dania Cabello with four goals and five assists (13 points) and senior midfielder Carly Fuller with four goals and three assists (11 points).

Junior goalkeeper Sani Post has seen the majority of minutes in-goal for the Bears, registering 41 saves, three shutouts and a 1.02 goals-against average in 885 minutes over 10 games. Freshman keeper Ashley Sulprizio has played in seven matches, tallying 30 saves, two shutouts and a 1.38 GAA in 650 minutes. Senior goalkeeper Lee Ann Morton played 15 minutes in one match, logging one save.

Head coach Kevin Boyd (Tri-State, 1990) has a 75-39-6 record in six seasons at California.

THE SERIES vs. CALIFORNIA: The Golden Bears are undefeated in the series with Arizona, 7-0-0.

LAST MEETING WITH CALIFORNIA: Arizona took then-No. 23 California into overtime before falling, 2-1, in Tucson on Nov. 2, 2001.

The majority of the first half was evenly played, but Arizona gained the advantage by scoring with just 31 seconds remaining in the period. In a press up-field, Vanesha Bailey took the ball from a Cal player, then turned to make a strong run through traffic up the right side, taking a shot that was deflected by Cal goalkeeper Mallory Moser. Arizona's Liz Bartlett collected the rebound in front of the goal mouth and scored her fifth goal of the season in the 45th minute.

Both teams stepped up pressure in the second half, and the Wildcats had a number of opportunities early. Cal broke the shutout in the 61st minute, when Ashley Valenzuela sent a long serve over the Wildcat defense to Laura Schott, who scored from the right side about 10 yards out. The Golden Bears kept up the pressure, but the Wildcats dominated the remainder of regulation.

Arizona made several long runs to push up-field, trying to finish the game, and even had a header by Cassie Daniels blocked with just seconds remaining in regulation. The teams went into the overtime tied 1-1 on the scoreboard, and they were tied in shot attempts as well, 14-14.

Cal only took two shots in the overtime, but the second one proved fatal for the Cats. Valenzuela set up the final goal by pushing the ball forward up the left side, where Schott sent the winning goal over Arizona goalkeeper Shannon Monti in the 97th minute. Monti finished the game with seven saves.

SCOUTING STANFORD: With an astounding 16-1-0 overall record and 7-0-0 mark in Pac-10 play, the Cardinal remain in the No. 1 spot atop both the NSCAA Coaches Poll and Soccer America Top 25. Stanford has been No. 1 in the NSCAA poll in five of the last six weeks and has been ranked no lower than No. 3 all season. The Cardinal will play host to Arizona State on Friday night before facing the Wildcats on Sunday.

As a team, Stanford has out-scored its opponents, 41-4, for the season. Cal's goal against the Cardinal on Saturday was the first goal Stanford had allowed since its one loss to then-No. 2 North Carolina (1-0) on Oct. 4.

Junior midfielder Marcie Ward leads Stanford with eight goals and seven assists (23 points), followed closely by senior forward Marcia Wallis with eight goals and six assists (22 points). Sophomore goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart has 40 saves, 12 shutouts and a 0.24 goals-against average in 1483 minutes over 17 matches. Freshman keeper Elizabeth Barnard has played in two contests, making one save and allowing no goals in 54 minutes.

When two-year head coach Andy Nelson resigned in August, then-assistants Stephanie Erickson (Northwestern, 1998) and Paul Sapsford (Exeter Univ. [England], 1997) were named interim co-coaches. This is the first season of head coaching for both.

THE SERIES vs. STANFORD: The Cardinal are 7-0-0 all-time against Arizona.

LAST MEETING WITH STANFORD: Playing its third nationally ranked opponent in a four-game stretch, Arizona fell to then-No. 2 Stanford, 5-0, at home on Nov. 4, 2001.

The Wildcats' aggressive play out of the gates gave them some solid early attempts. In the 12th minute, Shannon Harrelson blocked a clear by a Stanford defender and recovered the deflection to send a shot just left of the near post. Barely a minute later, goalkeeper Shannon Monti stepped up for the Cats at the other end of the field by stopping a dead-on shot from the Cardinal's Marcia Wallis.

Monti made several crucial saves early in the first half to keep the Cardinal off the board for the the first 36 minutes. Stanford's Robyn deHay broke the shutout with her header in the 37th minute, then Katie Wayland sent the Cardinal ahead 2-0 just three minutes later. The Cardinal held that 2-0 edge at halftime.

In the 60th minute, Arizona's Candice Wilks took advantage of a bad clear by a Stanford defender and sent a shot from about five yards out, only to see it stopped by Cardinal goalkeeper Carrie Walsh. Stanford countered a short while later, with Wayland notching her second goal of the game in the 66th minute.

Arizona had its last solid scoring opportunity in the 68th minute when Cassie Daniels received a free kick from Twila Kaufman and fired a bullet from 18 yards that again resulted in a save by Walsh. The Cardinal capped their victory with two more goals, in the 82nd and 86th minutes.

RECAPPING LAST WEEK'S WILDCAT ACTION: Arizona split with the Washington schools to wrap up its home slate last weekend.

On Nov. 1, Kelly Nelson scored the game-winning goal midway through the second extra period as Arizona defeated Washington, 2-1, in overtime. The win was Arizona's first victory ever over the Huskies and ended a six-game losing skid for the Wildcats.

The first half was a frustrating one for the Wildcats, as they had several good runs and made many forays into Husky territory but just couldn't get off solid shot attempts. The contest was scoreless at halftime, although UW had an 8-2 advantage in shots.

The Huskies didn't wait long after the break to end the shutout, scoring the first goal of the match less than three minutes into the second half. Arizona kept pounding away at the Washington defense, and that persistence paid off in the final minute of the contest, when Tymarie Novak sent a left-footed volley from the top of the box over Washington goalkeeper Hope Solo's head with just 57 seconds left in regulation. Arizona out-shot UW, 8-4, in the second period.

The first overtime period didn't result in much more than a few corner kicks, but both teams stepped up the intensity in the second overtime. The moment of truth came midway through the second overtime period, when Candice Wilks sent a cross into the box for Kelly Nelson, who chipped in the game-winner at 104:49.

The Cats were quite as successful against Washington State on Nov. 3, as they fell to the Cougars, 4-2, in their home finale.

The Wildcats created quite a few opportunities for themselves early in the game. In the 21st minute, Nicole Wilcox put the Cougars on the board first with a carry through the Wildcat defense. Arizona responded with its own goal nine minutes later, when Courtney Moseley curled a left-footed direct kick around the WSU wall and into the goal. The contest was tied 1-1 at the break.

Wildcat defender Lindsey Peeples began the second half with her header that went wide left at 49:47. The Cougars went ahead, 2-1, with a header at 54:59. Arizona answered with a nearly identical goal six minutes later. Candice Wilks dropped in a long serve from the right side to Kelly Nelson, who sent her own header into the goal from about 10 yards out in the center. At 73:30, Washington State went ahead for good and then capped the win with a breakaway goal in the 88th minute.

ARIZONA HEAD COACH CATHY KLEIN: Third-year head coach Cathy Klein (SUNY-Cortland, 1987) holds a 14-37-4 mark at the helm of the Arizona program. She has a Division I career record of 71-78-5 over eight years and is 93-131-10 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.

RECORD WATCH: The Wildcats have set or tied 14 school records this season and may be poised to take down a few more marks.

Arizona has tied the school record for most corner kicks in a season, with 87, a mark that was set by the 2001 squad.

Kelly Nelson has tied Chrissy Sanford (1999) and Christine Keeley (1995) for the school record of most points in a single season, with 27 points each. Nelson has also tied Christine Keeley (1995) for most game-winning goals in a season, with three each.

Jennifer Klein, Lisa Kosena and Erin Clewett are just two assists each away from tying the school season record (6) in that category as well.

SPARK OFF THE BENCH: Freshman forward Maggie MacCool has given the Wildcats an offensive lift many times this season. She has come off the bench in 12 games 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 15 out of the team's 20 active 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 (63) and games started (51).

Sophomore forward Candice Wilks is fifth on the UA career lists in gamewinning goals (2), tied for sixth in assists (5), tied for seventh in goals scored (8), is eighth in total points (21) and tied for eighth in total shots (67). 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 16 matches.

TOUGH SCHEDULE: Seven of this year's UA opponents were nationally ranked in various polls this week, and one more was ranked in its region. In this week's NSCAA Coaches' Poll, Stanford is No. 1, UCLA is No. 4, USC is No. 15 and Arizona State is No. 25. California was among teams receiving votes for ranking.

In the NSCAA Coaches Regional Polls, Stanford (#1), UCLA (tied #2), USC (#6), Arizona State (#8), Washington State (tied #9) and California (tied #9) are all among the top 10 in the West Region. Wisconsin is ranked No. 10 in the Great Lakes Region, and Saint Louis (tied #10) is ranked in the Central Region.

In the Soccer America Top 25, Stanford stands at No. 1, UCLA at No. 2, USC at No. 15, Washington State at No. 20, California at No. 21, Arizona State at No. 23 and Saint Louis at No. 25.

In the Soccer Buzz Magazine Top 25, Stanford is No. 1, UCLA is No. 3, USC is No. 16 and Arizona State is No. 25.

THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME: The Wildcats have a 23-33-3 record in seven seasons playing on their home field, Murphey Stadium.

ON LOCATION: This year, Arizona was 4-5-0 at home and is 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 five of the seven matches this season in which they have scored more than one goal. Over the nine years of Wildcat soccer, the UA has a 38-21-2 record when scoring two goals or more.

CLOSE BUT...: The outcome of seven of the Wildcats' 17 games this season has been decided by one goal or less. In the nine-year history of the Arizona soccer program, 68 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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