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UA Kicks off 1999 Against In-State Foes
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 08/24/1999
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COMING UP: The University of Arizona women's soccer team opens the 1999 season with a pair of matches against in-state foes. The Cats officially kick off the year on Friday, Aug. 27, at Northern Arizona at 6 p.m. The UA plays its home opener against rival Arizona State on Tuesday, Aug. 31, at 7 p.m. at Murphey Stadium.

****Special Promotion: Tuesday's contest against ASU is Wildcat Soccer Poster Night. The first 500 fans into Murphey Stadium for Tuesday's game will receive a free 1999 Arizona soccer team poster.

ABOUT ARIZONA: After being a very young team for the last two years, the UA women's soccer squad is finally maturing and expects to see positive results from that maturity in 1999.

This year's Wildcat roster features a group of nine juniors and seniors, of whom seven were regular starters in 1998. Also up-and-coming is a crew of 15 freshmen and sophomores who are going to push the upperclass for more playing time as they make the adjustment to Division I play.

The Cats return six of their top 10 scorers from last year's 3-12-2 team, including a group of players who combined for 13 of the year's 21 goals. A total of 15 letterwinners are back, eight of them starters.

Add to that group of returnees a collection of seven newcomers, three of whom are transfers from Division I schools, and you have what sixth-year head coach Lisa Fraser hopes is the formula for success.

FRASER SEEKING WIN #100: Arizona head coach Lisa Fraser will be seeking career win number 100 as the Cats head to Flagstaff this weekend. In her 16th year as a head coach, Fraser holds a 99-127-19 mark.

ABOUT NORTHERN ARIZONA: The Lumberjacks stretched their legs a bit last Sunday with an exhibition match against Grand Canyon and came out on top, 2-0. A program that has been in existence for only three seasons, NAU is coming off an 8-11-0 performance in 1998. The Lumberjacks finished third in the Big Sky Conference with a 4-3-0 mark.

NAU returns 15 letterwinners this season, including all 11starters. Leading the way for the Lumberjacks is junior forward Raegin Eyre, who was NAU's top scorer last year with 10 goals and five assists (25 points). Second-leading scorer Holly Jones, a sophomore forward, also returns after posting 10 goals and four assists (24 points) in 1998.

Both NAU goalkeepers return as well. Sophomore Erin Beckman was the Lumberjack starter in 1998, recording 108 saves, three shutouts and a goals against average of 2.41.

NAU head coach Tracy Custer (Washington State, 1995) holds an 11-23-0 record in two years at the helm of the Lumberjack program.

CONNECTIONS: NAU head coach Tracy Custer was a player under Arizona head coach Lisa Fraser when the two were at Washington State.

ABOUT ARIZONA STATE: Another relatively young program, Arizona State enters its fourth year of competition after recording an 8-11-0 mark in 1998. The Sun Devils earned a seventh-place finish in the Pac-10 with a 4-5-0 record. ASU will face Brigham Young at home on Friday before traveling to Tucson next Tuesday.

Twenty letterwinners, including all 11 starters, return for the Sun Devils, led by sophomore midfielder Stacey Tullock, who was the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year after racking up 13 goals and seven assists (33 points).

Also returning is senior forward Jennifer Peterson, who collected six goals (12 points) and was a second team All-Pac-10 selection.

Goalkeepers Erin Reinke, a junior, and Kristin Slater, a sophomore, also return after splitting time in the nets last season. Reinke was a starter in 10 matches, logging 39 saves and a 1.12 GAA. Slater started nine matches, registering a 2.56 GAA to go with 45 saves.

Arizona State head coach Terri Patraw (Wisconsin, 1991) is 23-29-2 in her fourth year with the Sun Devils.

THE SERIES: Arizona won the only previous matchup with Northern Arizona, 4-2, on Sept. 28, 1998, in Tucson.

Arizona State is undefeated in the series with Arizona, 4-0. The Sun Devils took last year's matchup, 2-0, on Oct. 16 in Tempe.

QUOTING COACH FRASER: "We've had a very good preseason. Everyone came back in great shape; the players have worked very hard.

"With the number of people we have, we've been able to scrimmage a lot, which is good for the kids. We're deeper than we were last year, and that's really going to help in the long run."

WILDCATS TO WATCH: Four of Arizona's top five scorers return from the 1998 squad. Junior midfielder BROOKE McMANUS and sophomore forward KIM McGEHEE tied for second in scoring last year, garnering four goals and two assists (10 points) each.

Sophomore midfielder TWILA KAUFMAN was third fourth in scoring, followed by midfielder MEGAN CANADAY, who is one of only two seniors on this season's team. Other starters to watch will be junior goalkeeper INGER AIRHEART, junior midfielder KATE NIGHSWANDER-WILL and junior defenders ANN GIALLONARDO and LISA HARALAMBIE.

There are nine new faces on the 1999 squad, but the Cats are looking for transfers CHRISSY SANFORD, CASSIDY GUINN, KELI STREDWICK and KATIE WINSHIP to make an immediate impact.

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.

LOOKING AHEAD: Arizona remains at home for a match against New Mexico on Sunday, Sept. 5, at 1 p.m. The Cats then have a two-game trip to Provo, Utah, where they will face Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Brigham Young on Sept. 11 and 13, respectively.

ON LOCATION: Last season, the Wildcats had a 2-3-1 record at home, were 0-6-1 on the road and had a 1-3-0 mark in neutral games.

PRACTICE SCHEDULE: Here's the upcoming practice schedule for the Wildcats (all practices conducted at Murphey Stadium)...

Tues.

Aug.

24

12:30-3:30 p.m.

Wed.

Aug.

25

6-8:30 p.m.

Thurs.

Aug.

26

depart for Flagstaff, 11 a.m.

Fri.

Aug.

27

at Northern Arizona, 6 p.m.

Sat.

Aug.

28

3:30-6 p.m.

Sun.

Aug.

29

10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Mon.

Aug.

30

6-8:30 p.m.

Tues.

Aug.

31

vs. Arizona State, 7 p.m.

Wed.

Sept.

1

6-8:30 p.m.

CLOSE BUT...: The outcome of nine of the Wildcats' 17 games last year was decided by one goal or less. In the five-year history of the Arizona soccer program, 39 matches have been decided by that one-goal-or-less differential.

HEAD COACH LISA FRASER: Lisa Fraser (Sonoma State, 1985) has been with this fledgling Arizona program since its "birth" and has compiled a 25-56-4 record over her five seasons at the helm. She has a 99-127-19 record in 15 years as a head coach and is looking to crack that 100-win plateau.

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.

SCHEDULE STRENGTH: Arizona's 1999 schedule features seven teams that earned NCAA tournament berths in 1998.

A number of this year's opponents are beginning the new season nationally ranked. In the preseason Soccer America Top 20, Stanford was ranked 13th, Baylor was 19th and Brigham Young was 20th.

In the NSCAA preseason national rankings, Brigham Young came in at #14, UCLA was #16, followed by Baylor at #17, Stanford at #21 and USC at #24.

NICE DRAW: For the first time in Pac-10 women's soccer history, five league teams were selected to the 1998 NCAA Tournament. USC earned the league's automatic berth, then UCLA, Stanford, California and Washington were all chosen as at-large teams

1998 Pac-10 Standings

TP

Pac-10

Overall

Streak

USC * &

21

7-2-0

14-7-1

Lost 1

UCLA * #

21

7-2-0

17-4-1

Lost 1

California * #

21

7-2-0

13-8-0

Lost 1

Washington #

18

6-3-0

10-9-1

Lost 3

Stanford #

15

5-4-0

11-7-2

Lost 1

Washington State

13

4-4-1

6-10-3

Won 1

Arizona State

12

4-5-0

8-11-0

Lost 3

Oregon

9

3-6-0

6-10-2

Lost 2

Oregon State

3

1-8-0

6-12-1

Lost 2

ARIZONA

1

0-8-1

3-12-2

Lost 4

The conference champion is determined by highest number of points (TP): Win = 3 pts., Tie = 1 pt., Loss = 0 pts.

* Pac-10 co-champion & NCAA automatic qualifier
# NCAA at-large selection

CAT SCRATCHES: The Cats return 58% of their offense from 1998... Arizona is looking to end the nine-game winless streak on which it closed the 1998 season... The UA has not had a win since a 4-2 victory over Northern Arizona in Tucson on Sept. 28, 1998... 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 poll of the Pac-10 coaches, Arizona was picked to finish last in the league standings.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU: Next week, the youngest member of the Wildcat soccer family will turn one year old. Robby Caris, the son of head coach Lisa Fraser and her husband (and assistant coach) Bruce Caris, will celebrate his first birthday on Aug. 31.

LOCAL CONNECTION: The 1999 Wildcat roster features six players from Tucson-area high schoolsSALLY BARLOW (Rincon), JACY CORBUS (Sunnyside), KENDRA GEFVERT (Mountain View), KRISTI LOROÑA (Canyon del Oro), ERIN NELSON (Sabino) and KATE NIGHSWANDER-WILL (Catalina Foothills).

Checking the Wildcat Record Book:

SINGLE SEASON LEADERS

Shots

 

Christine Keeley (1996)

62

Christine Keeley (1995)

61

Jennifer Duran (1994)

52

Brooke McManus (1998)

49

Nikki Jones (1997)

49

Krista Bogdan (1997)

49

 

 

Goals

 

Christine Keeley (1995)

11

Nikki Jones (1995)

8

Nikki Jones (1996)

7

Christine Keeley (1996)

7

Jennifer Duran (1994)

7

 

 

Assists

 

Nikki Jones (1998)

6

Sara Field (1995)

6

Christine Keeley (1995)

5

Megan Canaday (1998)

4

Krista Bogdan (1997)

4

Krista Bogdan (1996)

4

Jennifer Duran (1994)

4

 

 

Points

 

Christine Keeley (1995)

27

Nikki Jones (1995)

19

Jennifer Duran (1994)

18

Nikki Jones (1996)

17

Krista Bogdan (1997)

16

Christine Keeley (1996)

16

 

 

Gamewinning Goals

 

Christine Keeley (1995)

3

Brooke McManus (1997)

2

Nikki Jones (1996)

2

Nikki Jones (1995)

2

Jennifer Duran (1994)

2

 

 

Goalkeeping - Minutes Played

 

Inger Airheart (1997)

1862

Inger Airheart (1998)

1548

Jen Weibel (1995)

1494

Jen Weibel (1996)

1202

Jen Weibel (1994)

1086

 

 

Goalkeeping - Saves

 

Jen Weibel (1995)

128

Jen Weibel (1994)

126

Inger Airheart (1997)

107

Jen Weibel (1996)

91

Inger Airheart (1998)

88

 

 

Goalkeeping - Fewest Goals Allowed

 

Inger Airheart (1997)

31

Jen Weibel (1996)

34

Jen Weibel (1994)

36

Inger Airheart (1998)

38

Jen Weibel (1995)

41

 

 

Goalkeeping - Goals Against Ave.

 

Inger Airheart (1997)

1.50

Inger Airheart (1998)

2.21

Jen Weibel (1995)

2.47

Jen Weibel (1996)

2.55

Jen Weibel (1994)

2.98

 

 

Goalkeeping - Solo Shutouts

 

Inger Airheart (1997)

6

Jen Weibel (1996)

2

Inger Airheart (1998)

1

Christa Conway (1996)

1

Jen Weibel (1995)

1

Jen Weibel (1994)

1


CAREER LEADERS

 

Games Played

 

Nikki Jones (1995-98)

71

Jen Ginsberg (1994-97)

68

Melissa Kessler (1994-97)

66

Megan Canaday (1996-p)

55

Jill Micone (1996-p)

53

 

 

Games Started

 

Nikki Jones (1995-98)

68

Jen Ginsberg (1994-97)

59

Melissa Kessler (1994-97)

58

Kristy Walsh (1994-96)

42

Jen Weibel (1995-97)

42

 

 

Shots

 

Nikki Jones (1995-98)

170

Christine Keeley (1995-96)

123

Jennifer Duran (1994-95)

76

Brooke McManus (1997-p)

72

Megan Canaday (1996-p)

68

Krista Bogdan (1996-98)

68

 

 

Goals

 

Nikki Jones (1995-98)

25

Christine Keeley (1995-96)

18

Jennifer Duran (1994-95)

9

Krista Bogdan (1996-p)

8

Brooke McManus (1997-p)

7

 

 

Assists

 

Nikki Jones (1995-98)

14

Krista Bogdan (1996-p)

8

Sara Field (1996-97)

8

Megan Canaday (1996-p)

7

Christine Keeley (1995-96)

7

 

 

Points

 

Nikki Jones (1995-98)

64

Christine Keeley (1995-96)

43

Krista Bogdan (1996-p)

24

Jennifer Duran (1994-95)

22

Brooke McManus (1997-p)

16

 

 

Gamewinning Goals

 

Nikki Jones (1995-98)

6

Christine Keeley (1995-96)

3

Jennifer Duran (1994-95)

3

Brooke McManus (1997-p)

2

 

 

Goalkeeping - Minutes Played

 

Jen Weibel (1994-96)

3782

Inger Airheart (1997-p)

3410

Annie Freund (1994-95)

330

 

 

Goalkeeping - Saves

 

Jen Weibel (1994-96)

345

Inger Airheart (1997-p)

195

Annie Freund (1994-95)

23

 

 

Goalkeeping - Fewest Goals Allowed

 

Annie Freund (1994-95)

9

Inger Airheart (1997-p)

69

Jen Weibel (1994-96)

111

 

 

Goalkeeping - Goals Against Ave.

 

Inger Airheart (1997-p)

1.82

Annie Freund (1994-95)

2.45

Jen Weibel (1994-96)

2.64

 

 

Goalkeeping - Solo Shutouts

 

Inger Airheart (1997-p)

7

Jen Weibel (1994-96)

4


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