TUCSON, Ariz. – Arizona women’s soccer will travel to California to match up against USC on Fri., Oct. 18 at 3 p.m. for their final Pac-12 road match of the season. The match will be televised on Pac-12 Networks.
Last Time Out: The Wildcats moved to 6-5-3 after picking up a 2-0 victory over Oregon State and dropping a 1-0 decision to Oregon in Pac-12 road play. The Wildcats won their first conference match, 2-0, at Oregon State Friday night. In the win, senior Jazmin Ponce recorded her eighth goal of the season and teammate junior transfer Alexandra Doller scored the second and final goal in the 83rd minute for the Cats. The Wildcats outshot the Beavers, 16-7. In a 1-0 loss to Oregon, Doller led the Cats in shots with four. Goalkeeper Gabby Kaufman picked up a season high of eight saves.
About the Trojans: In the previous weekend, USC (6-6-2) tied No. 8 California, 1-1, in a double overtime draw. Junior Alex Quincey scored her first goal of the season for the Trojans to send the match into overtime. In a 1-0 victory over No. 5 Stanford, Quincey recorded the game-winning goal crediting the assist to Kayla Mills. Senior Jordan Marada leads the Trojans in shots with 31 and goalkeeper Caroline Stanley has recorded a total of 53 saves in the 14 matches played.
Wildcats Leading the Pac: Among the Pac-12, Arizona is tied for first place with California in the goals category with 28 and ranked No. 4 in total shots with 226. Goalkeeper Gabby Kaufman leads the Pac-12 in saves with 64. Ponce is tied for first place for game-winning goals with four and ranked No. 2 in shots with 58.
New to the Roster: Of the 13 freshmen and one transfer on the 2013 roster, eight newcomers have playing time under their belts. Junior transfer Alexandra Doller ranks two on the Wildcat roster in goals with five. Freshmen Justene Kesterson and Haley Silverberg have both scored goals for the Wildcats. Freshman Lexe Selman has recorded a total of 17 shots, seven on goal. Freshman Jaden DeGracie has a total of 13 shots and five assists.
Stats Among the Cats: Senior Jazmin Ponce leads the team in shots with 58, including 26 on goal. Right behind her is junior transfer Alexandra Doller who has 30 shots and 13 on goal. Freshman Jaden DeGracie leads the Cats in assist with five and Ponce has four. Sophomores Hannah Wong and Kaitlyn Lopez have three goals each in the 14 games played.
Defense Stands Strong: The Arizona defense has held 14 opponents scoreless for a total of 1,027 minutes, including four shutouts against non-conference opponents Florida Atlantic, UC Riverside, No. 24 Ohio State and Pac-12 opponent Oregon State. Five matches have been decided by a single goal (Florida Atlantic, No. 11 UCLA, No. 2 Stanford, California and Oregon). Junior goalkeeper Kaufman has recorded a total of 64 saves while recording a .821 save percentage.
Up Next: The Wildcats return home to match up with Washington State on Fri., Oct. 25 at 2 p.m. and Washington on Sun., Oct. 27 at noon. Both matches will be played at Murphey Field at Mulcahy Stadium. The match vs. Washington State will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks.
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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