COMING UP: The University of Arizona women's soccer team (6-4-0, 0-1-0 Pac-10) resumes Pac-10 play again this weekend with a pair of matches against nationally ranked teams in Los Angeles. The Wildcats will take on 14th-ranked USC on Friday, Oct. 8, at 3 p.m. in the Coliseum, then they will face eighth-ranked UCLA on Sunday, Oct. 10, at 2 p.m. at the North Athletic Field.
ABOUT ARIZONA: On a school-record-tying three-game win streak, the Wildcats stand at 6-4-0 overall and 0-1-0 in Pac-10 play. This weekend's Pac-10 matches will be the UA's first league games since falling to Arizona State at home on Aug. 31.
Junior forward Chrissy Sanford (Newbury, CA/Newbury Park HS) remains in the scoring lead for the Cats with nine goals and five assists (23 points). Sanford is second in the Pac-10 in total points, goals and assists and is tied for 18th in the nation in scoring. She needs only two more goals to tie the school record in that category and is only four points from becoming Arizona's top single-season scorer.
Sanford is followed by sophomore forward Tiffany Sabado (Kaneohe, HI/James B. Castle HS), who has six goals and two assists (14 points). Sophomore forward Kim McGehee (San Diego, CA/La Costa Canyon HS) has three goals (six points), while junior midfielder Brooke McManus (Escondido, CA/San Pasqual HS) and sophomore forward Kristi Loroa (Tucson, AZ/Canyon del Oro HS) each have one goal and two assists (four points).
Junior goalkeeper Inger Airheart (Roseville, CA/Oakmont HS) has amassed 31 saves, a goals-against average of 1.76 and one shutout, while playing in eight contests. Sophomore keeper Shannon Monti (Phoenix, AZ/Shadow Mountain HS) has collected 23 saves and a 2.71 GAA in five games in the nets and registered her first collegiate shutout during the win over UALR last Saturday.
SANFORD NAMED PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Chrissy Sanford has been named the Pac-10 Player of the Week for the week of Sept. 27-Oct. 3. Sanford, the first Arizona player ever to earn such an honor, racked up two goals and two assists while leading the Cats to a pair of victories last weekend. She assisted the lone goal of a 1-0 win over Pepperdine on Friday and then tallied two goals and an assist in a 3-1 win over Wyoming on Sunday.
ABOUT USC: Ranked 14th in the nation this week, USC is 7-3-0 overall after splitting a pair of matches last week. The Women of Troy are coming off a 4-0 win over Montana at home on Sunday.
With six goals and one assist (13 points), freshman midfielder Jennifer Prigmore leads USC in scoring. Junior midfielder Isabelle Harvey and freshman midfielder Ali Fennell follow with four goals and three assists (11 points) apiece.
Sophomore goalkeeper Shaelyn Fernandes has tallied 27 saves, two solo shutouts and a GAA of 1.45. Freshman goalkeeper Lauren Arase has 16 saves, one shared shutout and a 0.73 GAA.
USC head coach Jim Millinder (Ca State Dominguez Hills, 1993) holds a 52-18-2 record in his fourth year at the helm of the USC program. He has a 60-45-6 mark in six years as a head coach.
ABOUT UCLA: Sporting an 8-2-0 overall record, UCLA is ranked eighth in this week's NSCAA poll. The Bruins split neutral contests last weekend against North Carolina (L 0-4) and Texas Christian (W 1-0) in San Diego. UCLA has won seven of its last eight matches and will face Arizona State on Friday before playing host to the Wildcats on Sunday.
Freshman forward Jessica Winton (six goals) and junior forward Tracey Milburn (five goals, two assists) are tied for the UCLA scoring lead with 12 points each. Junior forward Venus James follows with five goals and one assist (11 points). Senior goalkeeper Lindsey Culp has collected 17 saves, 4.5 shutouts and a 0.35 goals-against average, while fellow `keeper CiCi Peterson, a sophomore, has nine saves, 1.5 shutouts and a 1.62 GAA.
UCLA head coach Jillian Ellis (William & Mary, 1988) holds an 8-2-0 record in her first year with the Bruins. She is 27-20-0 in three years as a head coach.
THE SERIES: USC holds a 4-1-0 lead in the series with Arizona. The Women of Troy needed overtime to edge the Wildcats, 2-1, in their last meeting on Nov. 8, 1998, in Tucson.
UCLA is undefeated in the series with the Cats, 5-0-0. The Bruins logged a decisive 4-0 win over Arizona in Tucson last season on Nov. 6.
ARIZONA'S LAST TIME OUT: The Wildcats swept a pair of non-conference matches at home last weekend.
On Friday, goalkeeper Inger Airheart racked up a career-high-tying 10 saves en route to her first shutout of the season as Wildcats edged Pepperdine, 1-0, at home.
The lone goal of the game was set up by Chrissy Sanford, who fired a shot which was deflected off the Pepperdine goalkeeper. The rebound landed in front of Kristi Loroa, and she dented the net at the 21:23 mark for her first goal of the season.
The shutout was Arizona's second straight and second of the year. It marked the first time in three years that the Cats had back-to-back shutouts (including a shutout of Arkansas-Little Rock during the previous game), and it gave Airheart her eighth career blanking.
In Sunday's match, Sanford racked up two goals and an assist while leading the Cats to a 3-1 win over Wyoming at home.
The Wildcats made it onto the board early, when Sanford sent a cross from the right side to Tiffany Sabado, who dented the net at the 2:58 mark. Sanford put the Cats up 2-0 in the 12th minute after she dribbled through the Wyoming defense to score her first goal of the game.
Sanford struck again in the 64th minute, scoring off a direct kick on the right side of the box and recording her third multiple-goal performance of the season.
Wyoming broke the shutout in the 81st minute, but the Cats held the Cowgirls off for the remainder of the game.
The win gave Arizona a modest three-game win streak and ties the school record for longest win streak, set by the 1995 team.
HEAD COACH LISA FRASER: Lisa Fraser (Sonoma State, 1985) has been with this fledgling Arizona program since its "birth" and has compiled a 31-60-4 record over her six seasons at the helm. She has a 105-131-19 record in 16 years as a head coach.
THE REST OF THE STAFF: Bruce Caris (Case Western Reserve, 1981) is in his second year as an assistant coach for the Cats. He assists with recruiting and works with the field players. First-year assistant coach Andre Luciano (Indiana, 1993) is the newest face on the UA sidelines. His primary responsibilities are coaching the goalkeepers and working in the recruiting efforts.
LOOKING AHEAD: The Cats continue Pac-10 play at home next weekend with matches against the Bay Area schools. Arizona faces Stanford at home on Friday, Oct. 15, then it takes on California on Sunday, Oct. 17, at 1 p.m.
PRACTICE SCHEDULE: Here's the upcoming practice schedule for the Wildcats (all practices conducted at Murphey Stadium)...
Wed. Oct. 6 6-8:30 p.m.
Thurs. Oct. 7 depart for Los Angeles
Fri. Oct. 8 at USC, 3 p.m.
Sat. Oct. 9 TBA in Los Angeles
Sun. Oct. 10 at UCLA, 2 p.m.
Mon. Oct. 11 6-8:30 p.m.
Tues. Oct. 12 12:30-3:30 p.m.
Wed. Oct. 13 6-8:30 p.m.
Thurs. Oct. 14 12:30-3:30 p.m.
SCHEDULE STRENGTH: A number of the Wildcats' 1999 opponents are ranked either regionally or nationally or both this week.
In this week's Soccer America Top 20, BYU was ranked seventh, Stanford was 11th, USC was 13th and UCLA was 14th.
In the NSCAA National Rankings, UCLA is No. 8, BYU is No. 9, USC is No. 14, and Stanford is No. 20. Baylor and California received votes for ranking.
In the NSCAA Regional Rankings, Baylor is holding down the No. 5 spot in the Central Region. Wisconsin-Milwaukee is ninth in the Great Lakes Region. UCLA and BYU are tied for the #2 in the West Region, followed by #4 USC, #6 Stanford and #7 California.
THE "SANFORD & SABADO SHOW" CONTINUES: The Wildcat offense so far this year has been dominated by Chrissy Sanford and Tiffany Sabado. The two have combined for 15 of the team's 21 goals and seven of the 12 assists this season.
Either Sanford or Sabado, or both, has had an assist or a goal in each of the last eight contests. Sanford has scored or assisted a goal in eight of the season's 10 matches, while Sabado has had a goal or an assist in six of the 10 matches.
The two players were responsible for all of the offense in Arizona's 3-1 win over Wyoming on Oct. 3, with Sabado notching a goal and Sanford collecting two goals and an assist.
ON LOCATION: Arizona holds a 1-2-0 mark at home, is 1-2-0 on the road and is 2-0-0 in neutral matches. Last year, the Cats went 2-3-1 at home, were 0-6-1 on the road and 1-3-0 in neutral games.
CHECKING THE RECORD BOOK: As a team, Arizona is only two wins away from tying the school record of eight set in 1997. The Cats are also only five goals away from tying the school record of 26, set by both the 1995 and 1997 teams.
With her nine goals, Chrissy Sanford stands second place on the UA single season list in that category. She needs only two more goals to tie the school season record (11). She is also only one assist away from tying the school record (6) in that category. Sanford's 23 points is the second-highest single-season point total in school history and is only four away from a new school record.
Brooke McManus' 90 career shots puts her in third place in that category. Her eight goals ties her for fourth on the career chart, and her 20 points (eight goals, four assists) is fifth on the all-time scoring list.
Tiffany Sabado stands in eighth place on the UA all-time scoring list with her 14 points (six goals, two assists). Goalkeeper Inger Airheart is now Arizona's career leader in minutes played, with 4026.
KEYS TO THE WIN: This season, Arizona is... 5-1 when leading at the half... 5-1 when scoring first... 5-1 when scoring two or more goals... 4-0 when out-shooting opponents... 4-1 in daytime games.
RACKING UP THE GOALS: Chrissy Sanford has become only the second player in UA history to register three multiple-goal performances in the same. She dented the net twice at Northern Arizona on Aug. 27, against New Mexico on Sept. 5 and against Wyoming on Oct. 3.
The only other player ever to record that many multiple-goal performances was former Wildcat Christine Keeley with three during the 1995 season. ARIZONA IN THE PAC-10: Here's where the Wildcats stand in the Pac-10 statistics this week...
2. Chrissy Sanford 23 pts.
6. Tiffany Sabado 14 pts.
2. Chrissy Sanford 9
t4. Tiffany Sabado 6
2. Chrissy Sanford 5
6. Inger Airheart 31
9. Shannon Monti 23
Goals Against Ave.
NOTING THE PAC-10: Pac-10 play begins for real this weekend as the Arizona schools travel to Los Angeles, the Bay Area schools head to Oregon, and Washington State makes the trip to Seattle. Arizona's loss to Arizona State at home on Aug. 31 was the first Pac-10 match of the season, and there have been no other league contests since.
UCLA holds the best overall record in the Pac-10, at 8-2-0. Arizona State is second with a 7-2-0 mark, followed by both Stanford and USC at 7-3-0.
Arizona State sophomore Stacey Tullock is the only player keeping Chrissy Sanford from leading the Pac-10 in scoring. Tullock has amassed 10 goals and six assists (26 points) so far this season, just edging out Sanford for the lead.
In the team statistics, Stanford leads the Pac-10 in scoring with 31 goals and 18 assists (80 points) on the year. UCLA is a very close second, with 25 goals and 29 assists (79 points). California has the best team goals against average, at 0.77, followed by Arizona State's GAA of 0.87.
GENERATING OFFENSE: The Wildcats have racked up 21 goals this year, the most ever for the first 10 matches of any season. The four goals which the Cats collected at Northern Arizona on Aug. 27 were the most a UA team has ever scored in a season opener.
CLOSE BUT...: The outcome of nine of the Wildcats' 17 games last year was decided by one goal or less. The UA has already had four games decided by that narrow margin this season.
In the six-year history of the Arizona soccer program, 42 matches have been decided by that one-goal-or-less differential.
TWICE IS NICE: Traditionally, the Cats have fared rather well when scoring two or more goals in a match. The UA has won the five of the six contests this season in which it has scored more than two goals.
Over the six years of Wildcat soccer, the UA has a 25-14-1 record when scoring two goals or more.
THE YEAR OF HYPHENATION: The Wildcats have three opponents with hyphenated school names on their schedule this year. The UA faced Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Sept. 11 and played Texas-El Paso and Arkansas-Little Rock on Sept. 23 and 25, respectively. Previously, the UA has faced no more than two schools with hyphenated names.
PROWLIN' WITH THE WILDCATS: That's the name of the new magazine television show about UA athletics which is featured every two weeks on Fox Sports Net Arizona. Here's a schedule of upcoming shows (repeat airings of the same show are in italics)...
Wed. Oct. 6 7:30 p.m.
Fri. Oct. 8 9 p.m.
Tues. Oct. 19 7:30 p.m.
Fri. Oct. 22 2:30 p.m.
Tues. Nov. 2 7:30 p.m.
Sat. Nov. 6 Noon
Wed. Nov. 17 9 p.m.
Sat. Nov. 20 10 a.m.
CAT SCRATCHES: Arizona has a 4-2 mark this season when Chrissy Sanford scores at least one goal... 17 different players have started one game or more for the Wildcats this season... Arizona is 0-7-0 all-time against nationally ranked teams... The Wildcats have only two seniors - Megan Canaday and Michalle St. John - on this year's roster, but the class of 2001 could see the Cats graduate eight players... An indicator of the program's youth, the Arizona rosters over the last three seasons have featured a combined total of only seven seniors... In a preseason poll of the Pac-10 coaches, Arizona was picked to finish last in the league standings.
MILESTONES: With the Cats' 4-1 victory at Northern Arizona on Aug. 27, UA head coach Lisa Fraser achieved the 100-win plateau for her career.
GOOD START OUT OF THE GATE: With their 3-1-0 mark at the start of the season, the Wildcats tied the program's best start ever. The UA opened the 1995 season with a 3-1-0 record as well.
LOCAL CONNECTION: The 1999 Wildcat roster features six players from Tucson-area high schools -- Sally Barlow (Rincon), Jacy Corbus (Sunnyside), Kendra Gefvert (Mountain View), Kristi Loroa (Canyon del Oro), Erin Nelson (Sabino) and Kate Nighswander-Will (Catalina Foothills).
THE 1998 SEASON IN REVIEW: The University of Arizona women's soccer team ended the 1998 season with a 3-12-2 overall mark and was 0-8-1 in Pac-10 play, finishing last in the league standings.
The Cats set or tied 22 school records, including single season assists (20) and most overtime games played (four). By herself, Nikki Jones ended her stellar career at the UA as the owner of seven career records, finishing as the school's all-time leading scorer with 25 goals and 14 assists (64 points).
INDIVIDUALLY IN 1998: For the second time in her career, Nikki Jones ended the year as Arizona's scoring leader, collecting four goals and a career-high six assists (14 points). Brooke McManus and Kim McGehee tied for second with four goals and two assists (10 points) each, while Twila Kaufman was third with four goals (eight points).
Goalkeeper Inger Airheart ended the year with a 2.21 goals against average and made 88 saves, while Shannon Monti saw 55 minutes of playing time during the year, tallying six saves and a 6.55 GAA.