Arizona Soccer in the News

June 30, 2010

TUCSON, Ariz. The past, present and future of Arizona women's soccer is in the news this month as the sport has taken headlines with the playing of the men's 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

Former Wildcat Jennifer Klein was announced as the newest head coach at UNLV earlier this month, while the team's top returning goal scorer from a season ago, Renae Cuellar, and incoming freshman Ana Montoya will participate in the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup beginning in July.

The FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup will be held in Germany beginning on July 13 and continues through August 1. Cuellar will be competing for Mexico while her soon-to-be teammate Montoya will compete with Colombia. A total of 16 nations will be represented.

This is a great opportunity for both Renae and Ana, Arizona head coach Lisa Oyen said. They are both dedicated players who have worked hard to earn a roster spot with Mexico and Colombia, respectively: To be able to participate in World Cup event is a great honor. We are very proud to have both Renae and Ana representing Wildcat Soccer in this event.

The experience will undoubtedly help prepare them for our upcoming fall season, Oyen added. To be involved in this type of competitive environment and to play against the top players in the world give both players a unique opportunity for development.

Cuellar will return for her junior campaign after leading the Wildcats in goals scored in each of her first two seasons, including three game-winners in 2009. She was named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman team in 2008 and was a Pac-10 honorable mention selection a year ago.

Renae is coming off a strong spring season and has been working extremely hard to prepare for this event; Oyen said.We are confident that she will have success in representing Mexico and carrying over that success into our fall season.”

Montoya, a native of Beaverton, Ore., previously competed with the Colombian team at the U17 FIFA Women's World Cup in New Zealand in 2008. She earned three varsity letters at Southridge High School and will begin her collegiate career as a forward/midfielder for the Wildcats this fall.

This event gives Ana a great opportunity to prepare for the to the college game, Oyen said.The speed of play and quality of opponent will be comparable to what she will experience in college and will give her the experience to make a seamless transition to playing at the collegiate level.

Klein starred for the Wildcats from 2002-05. She helped guide Arizona to a share of the 2004 Pac-10 championship and the school's first Sweet 16 appearance in 2005. She has spent the last three seasons as an assistant at UNLV, before being tabbed for the head job this summer by former UA Director of Athletics Jim Livengood.

Jen has always been a great representative of Wildcat soccer and Wildcat athletics, Oyen said of Klein; As a student-athlete and later a volunteer coach, she has always been dedicated to working diligently towards the success of her team and program. We are all very excited for her with this new opportunity and we wish her the best of luck in her coaching career.

The 2010 Arizona soccer season will begin on August 27 at San Diego. The Wildcats home opener will be against Northern Arizona on September 3.