COMING UP: The University of Arizona women's soccer team (6-8-0, 0-5-0 Pac-10) wraps up a three-game homestand this weekend with its final non-conference match of the 1999 season. The Wildcats will take on Colorado College on Sunday, Oct. 24, at 1 p.m. at Murphey Stadium, located at 15th Street and Plumer Avenue.
ABOUT ARIZONA: The Wildcats, who are looking to end a four-game losing skid, stand at 6-8-0 overall and 0-5-0 in Pac-10 play. Arizona was swept by the Bay Area schools at home last weekend, falling to then-16th-ranked Stanford (5-2) on Friday and to California (3-0) on Sunday.
Junior forward Chrissy Sanford (Newbury, CA/Newbury Park HS) remains in the scoring lead for the Cats with 10 goals and five assists (25 points). She needs only one more goal to tie the school record in that category and is only two 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 and one assist (seven points), while junior midfielder Brooke McManus (Escondido, CA/San Pasqual HS) has tallied two goals and two assists (six points).
Junior goalkeeper Inger Airheart (Roseville, CA/Oakmont HS) has amassed 43 saves, a goals-against average of 2.51 and one shutout, while playing in 10 contests. Sophomore keeper Shannon Monti (Phoenix, AZ/Shadow Mountain HS) has collected 35 saves, one shutout and a 3.39 GAA in nine games in the nets.
ABOUT COLORADO COLLEGE: Ranked tenth in the Central Region this week, the Tigers stand at 8-5-1 overall and have won three of their last four matches, with a tie falling in the midst of that stretch. Colorado College is coming off wins over Florida International (4-1) and Portland (2-1) at home last weekend. The Tigers will play at Arizona State on Friday night before heading to Tucson for Sunday's match.
With eight goals and four assists (20 points), freshman forward Rebecca Carroll leads Colorado College in scoring. Three players Thea Roggeman (five goals, one assist), Sydney Stoner (five goals, one assist) and Kasey Clark (two goals, seven assists) are tied for second in scoring with 11 points each. Freshman goalkeeper Kristin Masunaga has 69 saves, five shutouts and a goals-against average of 1.22.
Colorado College head coach Greg Ryan (SMU, 1985) holds an 8-5-1 record in his first year at the helm of the Tiger program. He has a 153-58-13 mark in 12 years as a head coach.
THE SERIES: Sunday's match will be the first-ever meeting between the Arizona and Colorado College soccer teams.
ARIZONA'S LAST TIME OUT: The Wildcats continued their struggles
in Pac-10 play last weekend with losses to the Bay Area schools at home.
On Friday, four first-half goals gave 16th-ranked Stanford all the momentum it needed to garner a 5-2 win over Arizona. The Cardinal ran off their first four goals in the initial 40 minutes of the contest. The UA broke the shutout with just 22 seconds remaining in the first half, when sophomore midfielder Marisa Padula (Potomac, MD/Winston Churchill HS) sent a corner kick into the box to set up Brooke McManus' goal.
Stanford notched its fifth and final goal 10 minutes into the second half. The Wildcats were able to hold the Cardinal off for the remainder of the match and got their second goal from Chrissy Sanford in the 73rd minute, with Kim McGehee assisting.
Sunday saw the UA suffer a 3-0 loss to California. The Wildcats gave up a hat trick to Cal's Regina Holan and were never able to get on track offensively. Kim McGehee registered a team-high four shots for the Cats, who were out-shot, 19-12, by California.
HEAD COACH LISA FRASER: Lisa Fraser (Sonoma State, 1985) has been with the Arizona program since its "birth" and has compiled a 31-62-4 record over her six seasons at the helm. She has a 105-133-19 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 resume Pac-10 play next weekend and head for the Pacific Northwest on their final road trip of the year. Arizona plays at Washington State on Friday, Oct. 29, at 2 p.m., then the UA heads to Seattle to take on Washington on Sunday, Oct. 31, at 12 p.m. PST. Arizona plays its final home matches against the Oregon schools on Nov. 5 and 7.
THE SANFORD & SABADO SHOW: The Wildcat offense so far this year has been dominated by Chrissy Sanford and Tiffany Sabado. The two have combined for 16 of the team's 24 goals and seven of the 14 assists this season.
Either Sanford or Sabado, or both, has had an assist or a goal in 10 of the season's 14 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.
PRACTICE SCHEDULE: Here's the upcoming practice schedule for
the Wildcats (all practices conducted at Murphey Stadium)...
|Wed. Oct. 20||6-8:30 p.m.|
|Thurs. Oct. 21||12:30-3:30 p.m.|
|Fri. Oct. 22||6-8:30 p.m.|
|Sat. Oct. 23||9-11:30 a.m.|
|Sun. Oct. 24||vs. Colorado College, 1 p.m.|
|Mon. Oct. 25||6-8:30 p.m.|
|Tues. Oct. 26||12:30-3:30 p.m.|
|Wed. Oct. 27||6-8:30 p.m.|
|Thurs. Oct. 28||depart for Pullman, Wash.|
COMMON OPPONENTS: Here's how Arizona has fared against some of the teams which Colorado College has played this season...
|New Mexico||W 3-2 (Sept. 5)||W 1-0 (Aug. 27)|
|Wyoming||W 3-1 (Oct.3)||W 1-0 (Sept. 3)|
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, Stanford is 10th, USC is 11th, UCLA is 12th, BYU is 14th and California is 20th.
In the NSCAA National Rankings, USC is No. 7, Stanford is No. 10, UCLA
is No. 15, and Baylor is No. 25. BYU and California received votes
In the NSCAA Regional Rankings, Baylor is holding down the No. 5 spot in the Central Region, with Colorado College tied at 10th. Wisc.-Milwaukee is 10th in the Great Lakes Region. USC is #2 in the West Region, followed by #3 Stanford, #4 UCLA, #7 BYU and #8 California.
In the Soccer Buzz national rankings, USC is #7, UCLA is #8, Stanford
is #9, BYU is #19 and Baylor is #25. In the Soccer Buzz regional
rankings, Baylor is fifth in the Central Region and Colorado College is
receiving votes for ranking. USC is #2 in the West Region, with UCLA
at #3, Stanford at #4 and BYU at #6. Arizona State and California
are receiving votes for ranking.
ON LOCATION: Arizona holds a 3-4-0 mark at home, is 1-4-0 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 two goals away from tying the school record of 26, set by both the 1995 and 1997 teams.
With her 10 goals, Chrissy Sanford stands second place on the UA single season list in that category. She needs only one more goal 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 25 points is the second-highest single-season point total
in school history and is only two away from a new school record.
Brooke McManus' 94 career shots puts her in third place in that category. Her nine goals ties her for third on the 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 three assists (17 points), while Tiffany Sabado is in eighth
place with her 14 points (six goals, two assists).
ARIZONA IN THE PAC-10: Here's where the Wildcats stand in the Pac-10 statistics this week...
|Total Points||2. Chrissy Sanford||25 pts.|
|t15. Tiffany Sabado||14 pts.|
|Goals Scored||2. Chrissy Sanford||10|
|Assists||t7. Chrissy Sanford||5|
|GK Saves||7. Inger Airheart||43|
|8. Shannon Monti||35|
|Goals Against Ave.||10.||2.90|
NOTING THE PAC-10: After the second weekend of Pac-10 play, Stanford and USC have emerged as the current leaders, each team with a perfect 4-0-0 conference mark.
UCLA continues to hold the best overall record in the Pac-10, at 11-2-1.
Stanford and USC follow, each at 11-3-0 overall.
Arizona State's Stacey Tullock remains the Pac-10 leader in scoring, with 32 points (30 goals, 6 assists). The UA's Chrissy Sanford is in second with 25 points (10 goals, 5 assists).
In the team statistics, UCLA leads the Pac-10 in scoring with 41 goals and 30 assists (112 points) on the year. Stanford is second, with 42 goals and 23 assists (107 points). California has the best team goals-against average, at 0.70, followed by USC's goals-against of 0.93.
KEYS TO THE WIN: This season, Arizona is... 5-1 when leading at the half... 5-1 when scoring first... 5-2 when scoring two or more goals... 4-1 when out-shooting opponents.
GENERATING OFFENSE: The Wildcats have racked up 24 goals this
year, the most ever for the first 14 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 four of the Wildcats' 14 games this year has decided by one goal or less. 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 seven contests this season in which it has scored more than two goals.
Over the six years of Wildcat soccer, the UA has a 25-15-1 record when scoring two goals or more.
CAT SCRATCHES: Sunday's match against Colorado College
will be the 97th contest in UA soccer history... The Cats' Nov. 5 contest
with Oregon State will mark the 100th match played by the Arizona soccer
program... The UA has already played five nationally ranked opponents this
year, more than in any other season in the program's history... 18 different
players have started one game or more for the Wildcats this season... Arizona
is 0-10-0 all-time against nationally ranked teams... The Cats have been
outscored, 24-3, in Pac-10 play so far this season... Arizona is on an
18-game winless skid in conference play, with their last Pac-10 win coming
in the form of a 2-0 victory over Oregon State at home on Oct. 26, 1997.
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.
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)...
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.
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 has become 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.
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 Loroña (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.