INDIVIDUALLY IN 1999: Junior forward Chrissy Sanford (Newbury, CA/Newbury Park HS) was among the Pac-10's top five scorers all season and tied the Arizona school records for single-season goals scored (11) and total points (27).
Sophomore forward Tiffany Sabado (Kaneohe, HI/James B. Castle HS) was the Wildcats' second-leading scorer, with six goals and three assists (15 points). Sophomore forward Kristi Loroa (Tucson, AZ/Canyon del Oro HS) finished in third place with five goals and two assists (12 points). Fellow sophomore Kim McGehee (San Diego, CA/La Costa Canyon HS) followed with three goals and two assists (eight points).
Junior goalkeeper Inger Airheart (Roseville, CA/Oakmont HS) amassed 64 saves, a goals-against average of 2.04 and a pair of shutouts, while playing in 12 contests. Sophomore keeper Shannon Monti (Phoenix, AZ/Shadow Mountain HS) collected 52 saves, two shutouts and a 2.94 GAA in 12 games in the nets.
ENDING ON A HIGH NOTE: Arizona's 0-0 overtime tie in the season finale against Oregon on Nov. 7 marked the first time in the program's six-year history that the Wildcats did not end the year with a loss.
THE SKID ENDS: A convincing 4-1 victory over Oregon State on Nov. 5 was Arizona's first Pac-10 win in more than two years. The win enabled the Cats to end a 20-game winless skid in Pac-10 play. It also ended a seven-game winless skid for the season. The four goals tied the UA's highest single-game output for the year.
IMPACT PLAYER: In her first year at the UA after transferring from Ventura Junior College, forward Chrissy Sanford made quite an impact for the Wildcats. Not only was she among the Pac-10 scoring leaders all season, she was also the program's first Pac-10 Player of the Week honoree midway through the season.
Sanford finished fifth in the Pac-10 scoring ranks during the regular season and was the UA's leading scorer. She set a new school record with 66 shots on the year and tied former Wildcat Christine Keeley's marks for single-season goals scored (11) and total points (25). Sanford also became only the second player in school history to register three multiple-goal scoring performances.
TIP OF THE HAT: Sophomore Kristi Loroa racked up only the fourth hat trick in school history during the Wildcats' 4-1 win over Oregon State on Nov. 5. One of her goals was also the gamewinner in that contest.
LOOKING TO THE FUTURE: The 2000 season is already looking good for the Wildcats. Each of the nine players who put points on the board for the Cats should be back next season, and of the 23 players who saw the field for the UA this year, only two are graduating.
ARIZONA'S LAST TIME OUT: The Wildcats ended the 1999 season on a positive note, earning a win and a tie against the Oregon schools at home. On Nov. 5, Arizona tied its highest offensive output of the season when it earned a 4-1 victory over Oregon State at home. Kristi Loroa had her first career hat trick, and only the fourth in school history, scoring three goals to lead the Cats. Chrissy Sanford notched the UA's other goal to help seal the win.
The victory ended a 20-game winless skid in Pac-10 play for the Cats. Arizona's last Pac-10 win (prior to Nov. 5) had also come against Oregon State, a 2-0 shutout on Oct. 26, 1997.
Arizona ended the 1999 season with a scoreless overtime tie against Oregon on Nov. 7. The Ducks, which had upset then-20th-ranked UCLA just a week before, outshot the Wildcats, 27-16. UA goalkeeper Inger Airheart made a career-high 11 saves to earn her ninth career shutout. Chrissy Sanford had a game-high-tying five shots for the Cats.
The tie marked the first time that the UA has not ended a season with a loss. It was also the second tie of the year for the Cats, tying the school record for most ties in a season (two).
HEAD COACH LISA FRASER: Lisa Fraser (Sonoma State, 1985) has been with the Arizona program since its "birth" and has compiled a 32-64-7 record over her six seasons at the helm. She has a 106-135-21 record in 16 years as a head coach.
THE REST OF THE STAFF: Bruce Caris (Case Western Reserve, 1981) was 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) was the newest face on the UA sidelines this year. His primary responsibilities are coaching the goalkeepers and working in the recruiting efforts.
THE "SANFORD & SABADO SHOW": The Wildcat offense this year was dominated by Chrissy Sanford and Tiffany Sabado. The two combined for 17 of the team's 30 goals and eight of the 17 assists this season. Either Sanford or Sabado, or both, had an assist or a goal in 12 of the season's 19 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.
SCHEDULE STRENGTH: A number of the Wildcats' 1999 opponents were ranked either regionally or nationally or both in the final regular season polls.
In the final regular season Soccer America Top 20, Stanford was 12th, USC was 13th, and UCLA was 16th.
In the final NSCAA National Rankings, Stanford was tied at the No. 8 spot, UCLA was No. 14, USC was No. 17, BYU was No. 23. Baylor received votes for ranking.
In the final NSCAA Regional Rankings, Baylor was in the No. 5 spot in the Central Region. Stanford was #2 in the West Region, followed by #3 UCLA, #4 USC, #6 BYU, #9 California, and Arizona State was tied for 10th.
ARIZONA IN THE PAC-10: Here's where the Wildcats finished in the final regular season Pac-10 statistics...
Individual Total Points 5. Chrissy Sanford 27 pts. t24. Tiffany Sabado 15 pts. Goals Scored t2. Chrissy Sanford 11 GK Saves 7. Inger Airheart 64 t9. Shannon Monti 52 Goals Against Ave. 9. Inger Airheart 2.04 Team Points 8. 77 Goals Against Ave. 10. 2.47
NOTING THE PAC-10: With a 7-1-1 Pac-10 record, Stanford ended the year as the conference champion. USC was a very close second, at 7-2-0 in league play. Arizona ended the season in eighth place, with a 1-7-1 conference mark, up two spots from 1998's last-place finish.
Stanford and UCLA tied with the best overall regular season records, at 14-4-1 overall. USC went 14-5-0 in regular season play.
Arizona State's Stacey Tullock was the Pac-10's regular-season scoring leader, with 41 points (17 goals, 7 assists). With her 27 points (11 goals, 5 assists), the UA's Chrissy Sanford finished in fifth place.
In the team statistics, Stanford was tops in the Pac-10 in scoring during regular season, with 58 goals and 33 assists (149 points) on the year. UCLA was second, with 50 goals and 36 assists (136 points). California had the best team goals-against average for the regular season, at 0.95, followed by USC's goals-against of 1.10.
TOURNEY TEAMS: Six of the UA's 1999 opponents earned berths in the NCAA tournament. California, Brigham Young, Baylor, UCLA, Stanford and USC all participated in the 1999 NCAA tourney.
ON LOCATION: This year, Arizona garnered a 4-4-2 mark at home, was 1-6-0 on the road and was 2-0-0 in neutral matches.
RECORDS TIED OR BROKEN: The Wildcats set or tied 28 school records this season. They are...
Individual Records Shots - Season: 66, Chrissy Sanford (new record) Goals - Game: 3, Kristi Loroa (tied record) Goals - Season: 11, Chrissy Sanford (tied record) GK Min. Played - Career: 4338, Inger Airheart (new record) Fewest Goals Allowed - Season: 21, Inger Airheart (new record) Fewest Goals Allowed - Career: 32, Shannon Monti (new record) Goals Against Ave. - Career: 1.87, Inger Airheart (new record) Solo Shutouts - Career: 9, Inger Airheart (new record) Total Shutouts - Career: 9, Inger Airheart (new record)
Team Records Longest Win Streak - Season: 3 (tied record) Longest Unbeaten Streak - Season: 3 (tied record) Fewest Losses - Season: 10 (new record) Most Ties - Season: 2 (tied record) Most Overtime Wins - Season: 1 (tied record) Fewest Shots - Game: 3 at BYU (tied record) Most Goals Scored - Season: 30 (new record) Most Goals Per Game - Season: 1.58 (new record) Fastest Opponent Goal - Game: 1:06 at WSU (new record) Most Opponent Assists - Season: 45 (new record) Most Total Points - Season: 77 (new record) Most Opponent Total Points - Season: 143 (new record) Most Fouls - Season: 237 (new record) Most Opponent Fouls - Season: 269 (new record) Fewest Saves - Game: 0 vs. New Mexico (new record) Most Consecutive Shutouts - Season: 2 (tied record) Most Opponent Shutouts - Season: 6 (tied record) Opponent Highest Goals Against Ave. - Season: 1.51 (new record)
CHECKING THE RECORD BOOK: Junior defender Kate Nighswander-Will has moved into fourth place on the career games started list, with 44 starts.
Brooke McManus' 98 career shots puts her in third place in that category. Her nine goals ties her for third on that career chart, and her 22 points (nine goals, four assists) is tied for fourth on the all-time scoring list.
Kim McGehee stands in sixth place on the UA all-time scoring list, with seven goals and four assists (18 points), while Tiffany Sabado is in tied for seventh place with her 15 points (six goals, three assists).
Kristi Loroa has broken into the career top 10 scoring list as well, currently standing in a tie at ninth place, with five goals and two assists (12 points).
KEYS TO THE WIN: This season, Arizona was... 6-1 when leading at the half... 6-1 when scoring first... 6-3 when scoring two or more goals... 4-1-1 when out-shooting opponents.
STALLED OFFENSE: The UA racked up 21 goals through the first 10 matches of the season, the most ever over that stretch. However, the Cats' offense stalled a bit late in the year, as they tallied only nine goals over the last nine games.
CLOSE BUT...: The outcome of seven of the Wildcats' 19 games this year was decided by one goal or less. In the six-year history of the Arizona soccer program, 45 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 won six of the nine contests this season in which it scored two or more goals.
Over the six years of Wildcat soccer, the UA has a 26-16-1 record when scoring two goals or more.
CAT SCRATCHES: The UA played five nationally ranked opponents this year, more than in any other season in the program's history... 18 different players started one game or more for the Wildcats this season... Arizona is 0-10-0 all-time against nationally ranked teams... The Cats were outscored, 32-9, in Pac-10 play this season.
THE YEAR OF HYPHENATION: The Wildcats had 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.
SANFORD NAMED PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Chrissy Sanford was 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 non-conference victories during the first weekend of October. She assisted the lone goal of a 1-0 win over Pepperdine on Oct. 1 and then tallied two goals and an assist in a 3-1 win over Wyoming on Oct. 3.
RACKING UP THE GOALS: Chrissy Sanford became only the second player in UA history to register three multiple-goal performances in the same season. 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.
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.
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.
LOCAL CONNECTION: The 1999 Wildcat roster featured 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).