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UA Soccer Faces #14 Baylor At Home
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: September 14, 1999
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COMING UP: The University of Arizona women's soccer team (3-2-0, 0-1-0 Pac-10) will take on its second straight nationally ranked opponent in its only action this weekend. The Wildcats will face No. 14 Baylor on Friday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m. in Murphey Stadium.

ABOUT ARIZONA: The Wildcats split a pair of contests in Provo, Utah, last weekend to move to 3-2-0 overall. The UA defeated UW-Milwaukee, 3-2 in overtime, on Sept. 11, then fell to host and 11th-ranked Brigham Young, 3-1, on Sept. 13. The UA has already equalled last year's win total of three. The Cats have also tied the program's best start ever, as the 1995 team was also 3-2-0 at this point. Junior forward Chrissy Sanford (Newbury, CA/Newbury Park HS) remains in the scoring lead for the Cats and has taken over the in the Pac-10 lead with six goals and one assist (13 points). She is followed by sophomore forward Tiffany Sabado (Kaneohe, HI/James B. Castle HS), who has three goals and one assist (seven points). Sophomore forward Kim McGehee (San Diego, CA/La Costa Canyon HS) has a pair of goals (four points), while junior midfielder Brooke McManus (Escondido, CA/San Pasqual HS) has two assists (two points). Junior goalkeeper Inger Airheart (Roseville, CA/Oakmont HS) has amassed 15 saves and a goals-against average of 1.80 while starting three contests. Sophomore keeper Shannon Monti (Phoenix, AZ/Shadow Mountain HS) has collected 17 saves and a 3.29 GAA in three games in the nets.

ABOUT BAYLOR: On a four-game win streak, 14th-ranked Baylor improved to 5-1-0 overall with wins over Maryland (4-0) and Pittsburgh (3-1) over the weekend. As a team, Baylor has outscored its opponents, 17-6, over the season's six matches. With six goals and four assists (16 points), senior forward Courtney Saunders is the Bears' leading scorer. Senior midfielder Nikki Hales is a close second, with six goals and two assists (14 points). Eight other Baylor players have collected one point or more already this season. Junior goalkeeper Dawn Greathouse holds a 0.82 goals against average, with 38 saves and three shutouts. Baylor head coach Nick Cowell (Birmingham, England, 1983) is in his first year at Baylor, with a 5-1-0 mark. He has a 144-42-12 record in 11 years as a head coach.

THE SERIES: Friday's match will be a first-ever meeting for the Arizona and Baylor women's soccer teams.

ARIZONA'S LAST TIME OUT: The Wildcats split a pair of contests in Provo, Utah, last weekend. On Sept. 11, a two-goal performance from Kim McGehee, including the gamewinner in overtime, gave the Cats a 3-2 victory over Wisconsin-Milwaukee in a neutral contest.

McGehee put the Cats on the board first at 18:05, taking a pass from Brooke McManus and sending the shot to the far post. Chrissy Sanford sent the Cats up 2-0 just five minutes later off an assist by sophomore forward Kristi Loroa (Tucson, AZ/Canyon del Oro HS). UW-Milwaukee, which was ranked eighth in the Great Lakes Region last week, mounted a furious comeback, scoring its first goal at the 33-minute mark and then notching the equalizer at the 68-minute mark. The two teams played the remainder of regulation without scoring, forcing a sudden-death overtime. McGehee came through again for the Cats, hitting the gamewinner 14 minutes into the overtime and giving the UA its third victory of the young season. On Sept. 13, the Cats held their own against 11th-ranked Brigham Young but still came up short, falling 3-1 to the Cougars. The UA jumped out to an early 1-0 lead with Sanford scoring five minutes into the contest. The Wildcats held onto their lead until eight minutes into the second half, when BYU notched the equalizer. BYU went on to win the contest by scoring a pair of goals within the final 13 minutes of the match.

HEAD COACH LISA FRASER: Lisa Fraser (Sonoma State, 1985) has been with this fledgling Arizona program since its "birth" and has compiled a 28-58-4 record over her six seasons at the helm. She has a 102-129-19 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.

QUOTING COACH FRASER: "With Baylor being ranked, this is going to be a good game for us. We have a lot of confidence coming off the BYU game. We played very well there. We kept their All-American from scoring or assisting, so we gained some confidence from that game."

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

Wed.	Sept.	15	6-8:30 p.m.
Thurs.	Sept.	16	12:30-3:30 p.m.
Fri.	Sept.	17	vs. Baylor, 7 p.m.
Sat.	Sept.	18	9-11:30 a.m.
Sun.	Sept.	19	10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Mon.	Sept.	20	6-8:30 p.m.
Tues.	Sept.	21	12:30-3:30 p.m.
Wed.	Sept.	22	depart for El Paso
Thurs.	Sept.	23	at Texas-El Paso, 4 p.m. CDT

LOOKING AHEAD: The Cats take to the road again next weekend for a pair of games in El Paso, Texas. The Cats play at Texas-El Paso on Thursday, Sept. 23, at 4 p.m. CDT, then they take on Arkansas-Little Rock in a neutral contest on Saturday, Sept. 25, at 3 p.m. CDT.

Checking the Wildcat Record Book:

Games Played
1.	Nikki Jones (1995-98)	  71
2.	Jen Ginsberg (1994-97)	  68
3.	Melissa Kessler (1994-97) 66
4.	Megan Canaday (1996-p)	  60
5.	Jill Micone (1996-p)	  53

Games Started 1. Nikki Jones (1995-98) 68 2. Jen Ginsberg (1994-97) 59 3. Melissa Kessler (1994-97) 58 4. Kristy Walsh (1994-96) 42 Jen Weibel (1995-97) 42

Shots 1. Nikki Jones (1995-98) 170 2. Christine Keeley (1995-96) 123 3. Brooke McManus (1997-p) 83 4. Jennifer Duran (1994-95) 76 5. Megan Canaday (1996-p) 70 Goals 1. Nikki Jones (1995-98) 25 2. Christine Keeley (1995-96) 18 3. Jennifer Duran (1994-95) 9 4. Krista Bogdan (1996-p) 8 5. Brooke McManus (1997-p) 7

Assists 1. Nikki Jones (1995-98) 14 2. Krista Bogdan (1996-p) 8 Sara Field (1996-97) 8 4. Megan Canaday (1996-p) 7 Christine Keeley (1995-96) 7

Points 1. Nikki Jones (1995-98) 64 2. Christine Keeley (1995-96) 43 3. Krista Bogdan (1996-p) 24 4. Jennifer Duran (1994-95) 22 5. Brooke McManus (1997-p) 18

Gamewinning Goals 1. Nikki Jones (1995-98) 6 2. Christine Keeley (1995-96) 3 Jennifer Duran (1994-95) 3 4. Brooke McManus (1997-p) 2

Goalkeeping - Minutes Played 1. Jen Weibel (1994-96) 3782 2. Inger Airheart (1997-p) 3711 3. Annie Freund (1994-95) 330 4. Shannon Monti (1998-p) 219

Goalkeeping - Saves 1. Jen Weibel (1994-96) 345 2. Inger Airheart (1997-p) 210 3. Shannon Monti (1998-p) 23 Annie Freund (1994-95) 23

Goalkeeping - Fewest Goals Allowed 1. Annie Freund (1994-95) 9 2. Inger Airheart (1997-p) 73 3. Jen Weibel (1994-96) 111

Goalkeeping - Goals Against Ave. 1. Inger Airheart (1997-p) 1.82 2. Annie Freund (1994-95) 2.45 3. Jen Weibel (1994-96) 2.64 1. Shannon Monti (1998-p) 4.11

Goalkeeping - Solo Shutouts 1. Inger Airheart (1997-p) 7 2. Jen Weibel (1994-96) 4

Players must have competed for a minimum of two seasons to be included in career stats listings.

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, USC was ranked ninth, Stanford was 11th, BYU was 14th, and Baylor was 18th. In the NSCAA National Rankings USC is No. 10, BYU is No. 11, Baylor is No. 14, UCLA is No. 15, and Stanford is No. 22. In the NSCAA Regional Rankings, Baylor is holding down the No. 3 spot in the Central Region. USC is #2 in the West Region, followed by #3 BYU, #4 UCLA, #5 Stanford and #9 California.

GOOD START OUT OF THE GATE: With the split of last weekend's contests, the Wildcats have tied the program's best-ever start with a 3-2-0 mark. The UA opened the 1995 season with a 3-2-0 record as well.

EARLY OFFENSE: The Wildcats have racked up 11 goals already this year, the most ever for the first five 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.

ON LOCATION: Arizona holds a 1-1-0 mark at home, is 1-1-0 on the road and stands at 1-0-0 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.

ARIZONA IN THE PAC-10: Here's where the Wildcats stand in the Pac-10 statistics this week...

Total Points	
1.	Chrissy Sanford	13 pts.
t7.	Tiffany Sabado	7 pts.
t18.	Kim McGehee	4 pts.
Goals Scored	
t1.	Chrissy Sanford	6
t7.	Tiffany Sabado	3
t6.	Brooke McManus	2
GK Saves	
7.	Inger Airheart	15
7.	26
Goals Against Ave.	
9.	2.17
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 two games decided by that narrow margin this season. In the six-year history of the Arizona soccer program, 40 matches have been decided by that one-goal-or-less differential.

WATCHING THE RECORD BOOK: With her six goals, Chrissy Sanford has already cracked the UA single season top 10 list for that category, currently standing in a tie for sixth place. Her 13 points places her ninth on the season scoring chart. Goalkeeper Inger Airheart is only 71 minutes played from being the UA's career leader in that category.

TWICE IS NICE: Traditionally, the Cats have fared rather well when scoring two or more goals in a match. The UA has won the three contests this season in which it has scored more than two goals. Over the six years of Wildcat soccer, the UA has a 23-13-1 record when scoring two goals or more.

THE "SANFORD & SABADO SHOW": Apparently, when Chrissy Sanford and Tiffany Sabado are both hot, the Cats are going to win. The two were responsible for all four goals and two of the assists in the UA's season-opening 4-1 win at Northern Arizona on Aug. 27. They did it again on Sept. 5, combining for all three goals of the Cats' 3-2 win over New Mexico.

RACKING UP THE GOALS: Chrissy Sanford is the first UA player ever to register two multiple-goal performances in the first three games of a season. She dented the net twice both at Northern Arizona (Aug. 27) and against New Mexico (Sept. 5).

 Pac-10 Women's Soccer 
1999 Standings
(through Sept. 13)
	               TP	Pac-10	Overall	Streak
	1. Arizona State  3	1-0-0	3-2-0	Won 2
	2. UCLA	          0	0-0-0	4-1-0	Won 3
	   USC	          0	0-0-0	4-1-0	Won 2
        4. Stanford	  0	0-0-0	3-1-0	Won 2
	   Washington St. 0	0-0-0	3-1-0	Won 2
	6. California	  0	0-0-0	3-2-1	Lost 1
	   Oregon State	  0	0-0-0	3-2-1	Won 1
	8. Oregon	  0	0-0-0	2-4-0	Won 1
        9. Washington	  0	0-0-0	0-3-0	Lost 3
       10. ARIZONA	  0	0-1-0	3-2-0	Lost 1

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

The conference champion is determined by highest number of points (TP): Win = 3 pts., Tie = 1 pt., Loss = 0 pts.
Sanford was the nation's leading scorer at the junior college level last year, tallying 41 goals and nine assists (91 points) while playing for Ventura (Calif.) Junior College.

THE YEAR OF HYPHENATION: The Wildcats have three opponents with hyphenated school names on their schedule this year. The UA faced Wisconsin-Milwaukee last weekend and will play Texas-El Paso and Arkansas-Little Rock next weekend. Previously, the UA has faced no more than two schools with hyphenated names.

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. She has a 100-128-19 mark in her 16-year career.

CAT SCRATCHES: Arizona is 0-6-0 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.

PROWLIN' WITH THE CATS: 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)...

Tues.	Sept.	21	7 p.m.
Sun.	Sept.	26	3:30 p.m.
Wed.	Oct.	6	7:30 p.m.
Fri.	Oct.	8	9 p.m.
Tues.	Oct.	19	7:30 p.m.
Thurs.	Oct.	21	8:30 p.m.
Sat.	Oct.	23	3:30 p.m.

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.

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