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Wildcats End Nonconference Season with Idaho

Sep 17, 2014

Tucson, Ariz. - The University of Arizona Wildcat soccer team will close out the non-conference season with matches against Lipscomb and Idaho. On Friday, Sept. 19, Arizona will take on the Bison of Lipscomb at 7 p.m. MST. Sunday’s match against the Idaho Vandals will take place at 12 p.m. MST. Both matches will be held on Murphey Field at Mulcahy Stadium.

Friday’s match against Lipscomb will be the first in program history. Lipscomb boasts a record of 5-3-1 on the year, going 3-2 at home and 2-1-1 on the road. They have scored 15 goals and only allowed five on the year, including six shutouts. Ellen Lundy (#19) leads the team in goals, 4 and points, 8. However, the Bison have a balanced attack, 10 student-athletes have scored their 15 goals.

Arizona will play Idaho for the first time in school history as well. Idaho is 0-6 on the season and has scored one goal while allowing 16.

The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) week four poll was released on September 16. The Pac-12 has four teams ranked in the top-25 poll. UCLA is first, Stanford is fourth, California is 10th and USC is 15th. The Wildcats are not ranked but did receive two votes.

Through six matches on the season, the Wildcats are riding an unbeaten streak that has reached four matches. For the Wildcats, seven student-athletes have scored 13 goals on the year. Those 13 goals are sixth-best toal among Pac-12 schools thus far. Senior forward Alexandra Doller has scored two goals for the Wildcats. She is tied for the most shot attempts (22) on the team with freshman Gabi Stoian. That total is tied for No. 7 in the conference this season. Doller assisted on sophomore Paige Crouch’s goal, a sophomore that has returned to action after missing nearly all of 2013 with a knee injury. Freshman Charlotte Brascia, junior Hayley Estopare, junior Lexe Selman, have each contributed goals to the Wildcats. Senior LeeAndra Smith has taken one shot on the season and it was the game-winning goal against NAU in the home-opening match. Freshman Gabi Stoian has scored six goals for the Wildcats, tied for the third-best total in the Pac-12 and tied for No. 22 in the NCAA. Stoian has also tallied three assists this year, which is tied for the No. 5 mark in the conference. Stoian has racked up 15 points for Arizona (goals are worth two, assists worth one) for an average of 2.50 points per game, which is tied for the fifth-best mark in the NCAA and is the best in the Pac-12.

On the defensive side, the Wildcats’ experienced group of defenders in front of senior goalkeeper Gabby Kaufman has been very effective thus far. The Wildcats have a goal differential of +8, surrendering only 5 goals. Junior Sheaffer Skadsen, senior Mykaylin Rosenquist and sophomore Laura Pimienta along with many substitutions combine to make-up the back four for the Wildcats. The team effort defensively has led to three shutouts in five matches for Kaufman. Kaufman’s three shutouts are tied for the fifth-best total in the conference. Rosenquist and Skadsen have been particularly important for the Wildcat defense, logging heavy minutes as center backs. However, Skadsen was unable to play the last match against Nevada and freshman Amanda Burke was called upon to fill her place on the pitch. Burke played all 90 minutes for the Wildcats along with senior Brie DeFelice. Head coach Tony Amato praised both of their play and he said that DeFelice played her best match as a Wildcat.

The depth of Arizona has been on display throughout each match of the season. No less than 19 student-athletes have seen the field in each match, with 22 student-athletes overall getting time on the pitch for the Wildcats.

Goalkeeper Gabby Kaufman began the season tied for fourth place in school history with nine shutouts for her career. She has recorded three this season in the first six matches bringing her total to 12, the second-highest tally in UA history. Gabi Stoian is one of only six athletes in school history to record a hat trick in a match, the last coming in 2005, courtesy of Mallory Miller.

On Sept. 8, Gabi Stoian was named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week for her work in the matches against No. 6 Texas A&M and Oklahoma State. She tallied two assists and three goals, contributing to all five goals the Wildcats scored over the weekend. Stoian was also named College Sports 360 National Primetime Player of the Week on Sept. 8 for her accomplishments.

Arizona handled Nevada on Friday evening by a score of 4-0, despite a 90-minute delay in the middle of the match due to lightning. In front of a near capacity crowd, the Wildcats scored two goals in the first 12 minutes of the match thanks to goals from Gabi Stoian and assists from Lexe Selman. At the 17:24 mark, play was suspended. When action returned, it took around 15 minutes for Arizona to get back into their groove in the attack, but defensively, they never waivered. At the 71:03 mark, Mykaylin Rosenquist played a long ball back into the attacking third of the pitch for the Wildcats, fortunately for her, Alexandra Doller was in great position. The goalkeeper came off her line but was far too late, Doller headed the ball with an arch like a rainbow, right over the keeper and into the net. The final goal came from Stoian once again. Her hat trick was completed at the 86:06 mark. A loose ball in the box found its way to Stoian’s feet, she turned to face the net and blasted the ball over the keeper and into the top net. It is the first hat trick for an Arizona player since the 2005 season.

A complete recap and box score will be available at ArizonaWildcats.com after the match. Also follow @ArizonaWSoccer on Twitter for live updates. A free live stream will also be available at ArizonaWildcats.com.