Wildcat Soccer Takes on NAU in Only Game of the Week

Sept. 9, 2003

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WHAT'S HAPPENING: The University of Arizona women's soccer team (1-3-0 overall, 0-0-0 Pac-10) wraps up a three-game road swing this weekend, this time heading for Flagstaff. The Wildcats will face Northern Arizona on Sunday, Sept. 14, at 2 p.m. in Arizona's only action of the week.

ABOUT ARIZONA: The Wildcats were swept in a pair of matches last weekend, slipping to 1-3-0 on the season. At the Nike Tiger Invitational in Columbia, Mo., last weekend, the Cats lost a close one to Arkansas on Friday, 3-2, then they were defeated by host team Missouri, 3-1, on Sunday.

Junior forward Candice Wilks logged another goal over the weekend to remain in the top spot on the Wildcat scoring chart with three goals (six points). Freshman midfielder Erin Bevacqua is second with two goals (four points), followed closely by sophomore midfielder Lisa Kosena with one goal and one assist (three points). Sophomore midfielder Mallory Miller and freshman forward Lauren Winters have two assists (two points) apiece.

Miller holds the team lead in shots, with 11 on the season. Kosena is second in shots, with nine, followed by Wilks' eight shots. Kosena has a team-high six shots on-goal this year.

Junior goalkeeper Krystal Werges has seen the majority of minutes in-goal for the Cats so far this season. She started each of the last three matches, tallying seven saves, one shutout and a 2.00 goals-against average in 270 minutes of action.

ABOUT NORTHERN ARIZONA: The Lumberjacks are 1-2-1 on the season after being edged by both Nevada (2-1) and Alabama (1-0) last weekend.

With two goals (four points) each, freshman forward Jesyca Rosholt and freshman midfielder Lindsey Carey are tied for the NAU scoring lead. Senior forward Sierra Cristiano, a former Arizona player, is third in scoring with one goal and one assist (three points). Three other players have two points apiece. Sophomore goalkeeper Andrea Berra has played all 380 minutes in-goal for NAU, registering 11 saves and a 1.42 GAA.

Formerly an assistant coach at Arizona during the 1999 and 2000 seasons, NAU head coach Andre Luciano (Indiana, 1993) holds a 12-25-3 mark in his third year with the Lumberjacks.

THE SERIES vs. NORTHERN ARIZONA: Arizona has a perfect 3-0-0 record in the series with NAU. The Wildcats slipped past the Lumberjacks, 1-0, during the last meeting between the two teams on Sept. 30, 2000, in Tucson.

ARIZONA'S LAST TIME OUT: Playing at the Nike Tiger Invitational in Columbia, Mo., last weekend, the Wildcats dropped a pair of games. On Sept. 5, the Wildcats were edged by Arkansas, 3-2.

The battle was close for the first 29 minutes of the contest, then Arkansas ended the drought in the 30th minute. Despite out-shooting the Razorbacks, 8-2, for the period, the Wildcats trailed, 1-0, at the half.

At 56:03, Candice Wilks scored the equalizer for the Wildcats off a give-and-go from Lauren Winters. That was Wilks' third goal in as many games. The tie didn't last long, though, as Arkansas went back up by one in the 64th minute.

Arizona answered just a minute-and-a-half later, as Erin Bevacqua dented the back of the net off a corner kick by Lisa Kosena which had been brought down by Winters in the 65th minute. The two teams played even for 15 more minutes on the clock, until the Razorbacks managed to get in behind the Wildcat defense to score the game-winner at 79:04.

Arizona out-shot Arkansas, 13-6, for the game and had an 8-4 edge in shots on-goal. The Wildcats also had a large 12-3 advantage in corner kicks. Kosena, Wilks and Winters each finished the contest with three shots and registered two shots on-goal apiece. Goalkeeper Krystal Werges played the full 90 minutes in the nets for the Cats, logging one save.

On Sept. 5, the Wildcats became victim of a scoring fluke and lost to host team Missouri, 3-1. The Tigers scored on each of their first three shots in the match. They struck first at 7:49, again at 14:08 and finally at 19:59. The three goals would be all Missouri would need to take the contest.

After being out-shot, 5-4, by Missouri in the first half, Arizona picked up the pressure in the second half, out-shooting the Tigers by a 9-6 margin for the period. The Cats' persistence paid off, as junior midfielder Vanesha Bailey broke the shutout in the 62nd minute off a cross by Mallory Miller. The Wildcats were unable to score again for the remainder of the game.

The Wildcats finished the match with a narrow 13-11 advantage in shots and led 6-5 in shots on-goal. Miller had a game-high six shots, three on-goal, while Bailey and sophomore midfielder Traci Adler finished with two shots each. Goalkeeper Krystal Werges was in-goal for the full 90 minutes, recording a pair of saves.

For the second week in a row, junior defender Lindsey Peeples earned tournament honors, as she was named to the Nike Tiger Invitational All-Tournament Team.

LOOKING AHEAD: Arizona returns home briefly next weekend for a pair of matches. The Cats will face Kentucky on Friday, Sept. 19, at 7 p.m., then they take on San Francisco on Sunday, Sept. 21, at 1 p.m. Both matches will be played at Murphey Stadium, 15th Street and Plumer Avenue.

After that, the Cats wrap up non-conference play with another three-game road swing. On Friday, Sept. 26, Arizona plays at Montana at 5 p.m. MDT. The next day, the Wildcats face UNLV in a neutral contest in Missoula, Mont., at 3 p.m. MDT. The Cats close out their non-conference slate at San Diego on Friday, Oct. 3, at 5 p.m.

ARIZONA HEAD COACH Dan Tobias: First-year head coach Dan Tobias (Cal Poly, 1987) is 1-3-0 with the Wildcats. He holds a career record of 45-48-6 over six years, five of which were spent at the helm of the Washington State program. Tobias was the 2002 Pac-10 Coach of the Year after guiding the Cougars to a third-place finish in the conference and their second NCAA tournament appearance in three years.

THE REST OF THE STAFF: In her first season at the UA, Lisa Oyen (Montana, 1998) followed Dan Tobias from Washington State, where she was part of Tobias' coaching staff for two years.

Assistant coach Harold Warren (Cal Poly SLO, 2002) is also in his first season with the Wildcats. He came to the UA after spending the 2002 season on the women's soccer staff at UC Irvine.

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 last season in which they scored more than one goal. Over the 10 years of Wildcat soccer, the UA has a 39-22-2 record when scoring two goals or more.

CLOSE BUT...: The outcome of two of the Wildcats' four games so far this season was decided by one goal or less. In the 10-year history of the Arizona soccer program, 70 matches have been decided by that one-goal-or-less differential.

TOUGH SCHEDULE: Eight of Arizona's 2003 opponents are either nationally ranked or received votes for ranking in this week's polls.

In the NSCAA Coaches Poll, UCLA is No. 4, California is No.13, Kentucky is No. 14, USC is tied for No. 22, Washington is No. 24 and Missouri is No. 25. Stanford received votes for ranking.

In the Soccer America Top 25, UCLA stands at No. 4, Arizona State is No. 11, California is No. 14, Stanford is No. 16, USC is No. 23 and Washington is No. 25.

In the Soccer Buzz Magazine Top 25, UCLA is holding down the No. 4 spot, Stanford is No. 11, Arizona State is No.16, USC is No. 18, California is No. 21, Kentucky is No. 22 and Washington is No. 24. Missouri also received votes for ranking.

In the NSCAA Regional Polls, Missouri is ranked No. 5 in the Central Region Top 10, and Kentucky is tied for No. 2 in the Great Lakes Region. In the West Region, UCLA is No. 2, California is No. 4, USC is tied for No. 6, Washington is tied for No. 6, Stanford is No. 8 and Arizona State is tied for No. 10.

CURRENT CATS AMONG UA CAREER LEADERS: Junior forward Candice Wilks is fourth on the UA career list for total points (27), fourth in goals scored (11), is tied for fourth in total shots (76), tied for fifth in game-winning goals (2) and is tied for sixth in assists (5).

Junior midfielder Vanesha Bailey is tied for sixth in career assists (5), is ninth in total points (19) and is tied for ninth in goals scored (7). Sophomore midfielders Lisa Kosena, Mallory Miller and Erin Clewett are all tied for sixth in career assists, with five apiece.

Sophomore goalkeeper Natalie Juarez is fourth in career goalkeeping minutes played (1061) and fourth in saves (73).

THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME: The Wildcats have a 24-34-3 record in eight seasons playing on their home field, Murphey Stadium.

ON LOCATION: Arizona is 1-1-0 at home this year, 0-1-0 in road contests and 0-1-0 in neutral matches. The Wildcats were 4-5-0 at home last season, 1-7-0 on the road and 1-0-1 in neutral games.

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