TUCSON, Ariz. – Arizona women’s soccer will host 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 Pac-12 Networks.
Last Time Out: The Wildcats moved to 7-5-3 after defeating USC in a 3-2 overtime victory. In the USC match, sophomore Kaitlyn Lopez recorded the first goal for the Cats in the 75th minute followed by a penalty kick goal by Ponce two minutes later to put Arizona up 2-0. The Trojans countered the two goals with eight minutes remaining in the match to send it in to overtime. Five minutes in to the first period of overtime, Ponce fired the game-winning goal off a free kick outside the USC goal. The win over the Trojans was the first for the Wildcats since 2004 when UA later went on to win the Pac-10 Conference title.
About the Cougars: Last weekend, Washington State (9-3-3) dropped a 1-0 decision to Oregon State. In the loss, the Cougars outshot the Beavers, 14-8, with Rachael Doyle and Jocelyn Jeffers leading the team with three shots apiece. On the season, Micaela Castain leads the team in goals with 11, shots with 58 and has recorded four game-winning goals for the Beavers. Goalkeeper Gurveen Clair has recorded a total of 32 saves, averaging a .762 save percentage.
About the Huskies: In the previous weekend, Washington (7-6-2) picked up a 2-1 win over Oregon. In the win, Isabel Farrell and Kate Bennett scored a goal apiece for the Huskies. Bennett and Becca Schoales lead the team in goals with three apiece in 15 matches played. Goalkeeper Megan Kufeld has recorded a total of 58 saves on the season, averaging a .829 save percentage.
Wildcats Leading the Pac: In the Pac-12, Arizona leads the conference in goals with 31 and averaging two goals a game. In the shots category, the Wildcats are ranked No. 5 with 236. Ponce is ranked No. 1 in game-winning goals with five and second in the conference for shots with 62. Ponce is also tied for second place in the goals category with 10. Goalkeeper Gabby Kaufman leads the Pac-12 in saves with 69.
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 second 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 18 shots, including seven on goal. Freshman Jaden DeGracie has a total of 13 shots with five on goal and five assists.
Stats Among the Cats: On the season, Ponce has five game-winning goals and also leads the team in goals with 10 and shots with 62, including 30 on goal. Junior transfer Alexandra Doller ranks second on the team with five goals and 32 shots, including 14 on goal. Kaitlyn Lopez’s goal vs. USC added to her four-goal total for the Wildcats.
Defense Stands Strong: The Arizona defense has held their 15 opponents scoreless for a total of 1,109 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 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.
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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