Arizona Cats Classic (Murphey Field at Mulcahy Stadium | Tucson, Ariz.)
No. 24 Texas Tech (5-1-0) vs. Arizona State (4-1-0) | Friday, Sept. 13 (4:30 p.m.)
Southern Utah (2-3-0) at Arizona (3-0-3) | Friday, Sept. 13 (7 p.m.)
Southern Utah vs. Arizona State | Sunday, Sept. 15 (11 a.m.)
No. 24 Texas Tech at Arizona | Sunday, Sept. 15 (1:30 p.m.)
TUCSON, Ariz. – Arizona women’s soccer will host the Arizona Cats Classic Sept. 13-15 in Tucson, Ariz. The Wildcats are set to face Southern Utah (2-3-0) at 7 p.m. on Fri., Sept. 13 before squaring off against No. 24 Texas Tech (5-1-0) on Sun., Sept. 15 at 1:30 p.m. All games will be held at Murphey Field at Mulcahy Stadium.
Also part of the tournament, Texas Tech and Arizona State will play at 4:30 p.m. on Friday and Southern Utah and Arizona State will play at 11 a.m. on Sunday.
Last Time Out: Last weekend, Arizona traveled to Tempe to participate in the Sun Devil Classic to face both Kansas and Illinois. In Friday’s match against Kansas, the Wildcats took the Jayhawks to a double overtime 1-1 draw. Junior transfer Alexandra Doller scored her fourth goal of the season with five minutes left in regulation, crediting Ana-Maria Montoya with the assist. On Sunday, Arizona took Illinois to a double overtime 1-1 draw thanks to a penalty kick goal late in the game by senior Jazmin Ponce.
About the Thunderbirds: Last weekend, Southern Utah (2-3-0) dropped a 6-2 decision to Utah. In the loss, Christine Meehan and Sydney Cook scored their first goals of the season for the Thunderbirds. Goalkeeper Tessa Christensen recorded six saves.
About the Red Raiders: No. 24 Texas Tech (5-1-0) hosted both Cal State Fullerton and Cal State Northridge. In the match against Cal State Fullerton, Texas Tech came out on top with a 1-0 win with Hayley Haagsma scoring the solo goal. Against Cal State Northridge, the Red Raiders won with three different players scoring goals.
Leading the Pac: Among the Pac-12 schools, Arizona is ranked No. 2 in shots (98) and No. 3 in goals (13). Ponce is tied for second place in shots with 27. Gabby Kaufman is tied for second in the saves category with 26 overall. The Wildcats are one of five Pac-12 schools who remain unbeaten.
Pac-12 Honors: Junior goalkeeper Gabby Kaufman received Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week honors on Tues., Sept. 3. She has paced the Wildcat defense to three shutouts in six games while recording a total of 26 saves. Kaufman’s most notable performance was holding No. 24 Ohio State scoreless earlier in the year, collecting seven saves of the 16 shots 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. Doller leads the Wildcats in goals with four. Freshman Jaden DeGracie leads Arizona in assists with four and is also tied for second in the Pac-12. Freshman Lexe Selman has participated in all six games registering a total of nine shots, including four on goal.
Quite the Start: Since the Wildcats have yet to be beaten, they are off to their best start since 1994, the program’s inaugural year of competition. 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 3-0-3 over its first six games. The Wildcats 3-0-3 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.
Hispanic Heritage Day: Sunday’s match marks Hispanic Heritage Day. As part of the festivities, a 30-minute clinic with the Arizona coaching staff and players will be held after the match for children 12 and under.
Up Next: The Wildcats will host Hawaii on Fri., Sept. 20 at Muphey Field at Mulcahy Stadium to wrap up the non-conference slate. Match time is set for 7 p.m.
Season tickets for the 2013 campaign are still available with at a rate of $50, including admission for all nine home games. Discounts on season tickets are available for any Arizona faculty/staff, active military, seniors (55+) and youth. Groups with 15 or more can purchase group tickets for $4 per ticket. For more information on ticket sales visit ArizonaWildcats.com or call 520-621-CATS.
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