TUCSON, Ariz. – Arizona women’s soccer team will participate in the Sun Devil Classic, hosted by Arizona State, this weekend in Tempe, Ariz. The Wildcats are set to face Kansas at 4:30 p.m. on Fri., Sept. 6 and Illinois at 11 a.m. on Sun., Sept. 8 at Sun Devil Soccer Stadium.
Last Time Out: On Sunday, Arizona (3-0-1) traveled to Columbus, Ohio to face No. 24 Ohio State to a double overtime 0-0 draw. In the tie, senior Jazmin Ponce led Arizona with seven shot attempts, including three on goal. Junior goalkeeper Gabby Kaufman propelled the Wildcat defense with seven saves. In their home opener against UC Riverside Friday night, Arizona shut out the Highlanders, 6-0. Arizona out-shot UC Riverside, 16-6, with Kaitlyn Lopez, Mykaylin Rosenquist and Emily Lai pacing the squad with two shots each.
About the Jayhawks: Kansas (4-1) was both on the road and at home in the previous weekend, taking on Missouri State and Purdue. While on the road to Springfield, Mo., the Jayhawks picked up a 1-0 victory against the Bears with Kelsey Lyden scoring the game-winning goal. The Jayhawks then picked up a 4-1 win against Purdue on their home field.
About the Fighting Illini: Illinois (3-2) opened up their home slate in the previous weekend taking on College of Charleston and Illinois State. Against College of Charleston, the Fighting Illini came away with a 6-2 victory with six different Illini players scoring goals. In a 5-1 victory over Illinois State, junior Janelle Flaws scored three of the five goals for Illinois.
Wildcats Leading the Pac: Among the Pac-12, Arizona is ranked No. 2 in both shots (68) and goals (11). Ponce leads the Pac-12 in shots with 20. Kaufman is tied for second in the saves category with 15 overall. The Wildcats are one of eight Pac-12 schools who remain unbeaten.
Pac-12 Honors: Junior goalkeeper Gabby Kaufman received Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week honors, announced by the conference on Tuesday. Kaufman has paced the Wildcat defense to three shutouts in four games played. In the Wildcats’ home opener, Kaufman led Arizona to a 6-0 shutout against UC Riverside on Friday. Kaufman recorded three saves in the six shots she faced. The Arizona defense battled No. 24 Ohio State to a double overtime 0-0 tie on Sunday in Columbus, paced by Kaufman and her seven saves of the 16 shots she faced.
New to the Roster: Of the 13 freshmen and one transfer on the 2013 roster, eight newcomers have playing time under their belts. Freshmen Justene Kesterson and Haley Silverberg have both scored goals for the Wildcats. Junior transfer Alexandra Doller leads the Wildcats in goals with three. Freshman Jaden DeGracie leads Arizona in assists with four and is also tied for second place in the Pac-12. Freshman Lexe Selman has participated in all four games registering a total of six shots, including two on goal.
Quite the Start: The women’s soccer team is working to ‘Build a Legacy’ under new head coach Tony Amato and it’s gotten off to a hot start, going 3-0-1 over its first four games. The Wildcats 3-0-1 start is the best opening run for women’s soccer since the 2004 team started 4-0 and later went on to win the Pac-10 Championship title.
Up Next: The Wildcats return to Tucson to host the Arizona Cats Classic on Fri., Sept. 13, and Sun., Sept. 15. Arizona will face Southern Utah at 7 p.m. on Friday and Texas Tech at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday. Both matches will be played at Murphey Field at Mulcahy Stadium.
For continued coverage of Arizona Wildcat women’s soccer, follow the team on Twitter @ArizonaWSoccer, at facebook.com/ArizonaWSoccer or visit ArizonaWildcats.com.