TUCSON, Ariz. – Arizona women’s soccer will host Utah on Fri., Nov. 1, at 3 p.m. and Colorado on Sun., Nov. 3, at noon. Both matches will be played at Murphey Field at Mulcahy Stadium. The match vs. Utah will be televised on Pac-12 Networks.
Last Time Out: The Wildcats moved to 7-6-4 on the season after dropping a 4-0 decision to Washington State on Friday and tying Washington, 2-2, in a double overtime draw on Sunday. In the match vs. Washington State, Arizona recorded a total of 10 shots with freshman Lexe Selman leading the team with four. Goalkeeper Gabby Kaufman recorded a season high of nine saves on the night. Against Washington, junior Alexandra Doller scored her sixth goal of the season in the 64th minute to put the Wildcats on the board. With 16 seconds remaining in the match, Kaitlyn Lopez tied up the game off a free throw from teammate Jaden DeGracie.
About the Utes: Utah (8-3-6) hosted No. 2 UCLA and USC and finished the weekend 1-0-1. In a 1-1 tie with No. 2 UCLA, Ashton Hall recorded her third goal of the season to put the Utes on the board in the 18th minute. The Bruins were able to counter Hall’s goal and eventually send the match into a double overtime draw. In a 1-0 win over USC, Allie Wisner recorded the game-winning goal for the Utes in the 75th minute after rebounding a shot from teammate Hall. Katie Taylor leads Utah in goals with five and Hall leads the team in shots with 28.
About the Buffs: In the previous weekend, Colorado (12-4-1) picked up a 2-1 win over USC thanks to a game-winning goal by Alyssa Herwatt in the 71st minute. In a 0-1 loss to No. 2 UCLA, the Buffs recorded a total of seven shots with Darcy Jerman and Brie Hooks each recording two shots a piece. Goalkeeper Annie Brunner recorded seven saves in the loss. Anne Stuller leads the team in goals with eight and shots with 75, including 41 on goal.
Wildcats Leading the Pac: In the Pac-12, Arizona ranks second in the conference for goals with 33 and goals per game, averaging two goals per contest. Ponce is tied for first place for game-winning goals with five and ranks second in the conference in shots with 70. Kaufman is ranked No. 1 for saves with 81, averaging 4.76 saves per game. DeGracie is tied for second place with seven assists on the season.
New to the Roster: Of the 13 freshmen and one transfer on the 2013 roster, eight newcomers have playing time under their belts. Doller ranks second on the Wildcat roster in goals with six. Freshmen Justene Kesterson and Haley Silverberg have both scored goals for the Wildcats. Selman has recorded a total of 23 shots, including nine on goal. DeGracie has a total of 15 shots with seven on goal and seven assists.
Stats Among the Cats: On the season, Ponce leads the team in goals with 10, shots with 70 and game-winning goals with five. Doller ranks second on the team in goals with six and 35 shots, 16 on goal. DeGracie leads the team in assists with seven and has taken 15 shots, including seven on goal.
Defense Stands Strong: The Arizona defense has held their 17 opponents scoreless for a total of 1,149 minutes, including four shutouts against non-conference opponents Florida Atlantic, UC Riverside, No. 24 Ohio State and Pac-12 opponent Oregon State. Six matches have been decided by a single goal (Florida Atlantic, No. 11 UCLA, No. 2 Stanford, California, Oregon and USC). Junior goalkeeper Gabby Kaufman has collected a total of 69 saves, recording a .812 save percentage.
Up Next: The Wildcats match up against in-state rival Arizona State for the conclusion of the 2013 regular season. The match is set for Thurs., Nov. 7 at 2 p.m. The match will be played at Murphey Field at Mulcahy Stadium and will be televised on 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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