ABOUT ARIZONA: Coming off a stretch which saw them play four out of five games on the road, the Wildcats return to their home field this weekend with their 4-4-0 overall record. The Cats split a pair of matches in El Paso last weekend, falling to Texas-El Paso, 4-3, on Thursday and then defeating Arkansas-Little Rock, 2-0, on Saturday. The win over UALR ended a three-game losing skids for the Wildcats and gave them win number four on the year, surpassing the 1998 win total of three.
Junior forward Chrissy Sanford (Newbury, CA/Newbury Park HS) remains in the scoring lead for the Cats with seven goals and three assists (17 points). Sanford is third in the Pac-10 in total points and is tied for second in goals scored.
Sanford is followed by sophomore forward Tiffany Sabado (Kaneohe, HI/James B. Castle HS), who has five goals and two assists (12 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) has one goal and two assists (four points).
Junior goalkeeper Inger Airheart (Roseville, CA/Oakmont HS) has amassed 20 saves and a goals-against average of 2.28 while playing in six 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.
ABOUT PEPPERDINE: On a modest three-game win streak, the Waves are 4-2-1 overall after picking up a 2-0 road win at San Francisco last Friday. Pepperdine is in the midst of a seven-game road swing.
With three goals and three assists (nine points), freshman midfielder Tasha Spangler leads Pepperdine in scoring. Her sister, junior midfielder Stacia Spangler, is second with two goals and three assists (seven points). Sophomore goalkeeper Lindsey Brouillette has tallied 11 saves, one solo shutout and a GAA of 1.55. Freshman goalkeeper Cheri Phillips has six saves, three solo shutouts and a perfect 0.00 GAA.
Pepperdine head coach Tim Ward (California Lutheran, 1993) holds a 11-10-5 record in his second year at the helm of the Wave program.
ABOUT WYOMING: The Cowgirls are 2-6-1 on the year following wins at home over Oral Roberts (1-0) and Idaho State (3-2) last weekend. Those two victories ended a season-opening seven-game winless streak for Wyoming. The Cowgirls will play at Arizona State on Friday night before heading to Tucson for Sunday's match.
Freshman forward Sarah Stephens is Wyoming's leading scorer, with two goals and two assists (six points). Junior forward Megan Marsh is second with two goals (four points). Three other players -- Kelly McShane, Katrina Morton and Laura Miceli -- have one goal and one assist (three points) each. Junior goalkeeper Amanda Vandervort has played every minute of every match in the nets for the Cowgirls, registering 83 saves, one shutout and a goals against average of 2.14.
Wyoming head coach Anne Moore (North Carolina State, 1993) holds a 2-6-1 record in her first year with the Cowgirls.
MIGHT BE A FAMILIAR FACE: Wyoming goalkeeper Amanda Vandervort is a graduate of Tucson's Sabino High School.
THE SERIES: Pepperdine holds a 2-0 lead in the series with Arizona. The two teams last met on Sept. 6, 1996, with Pepperdine taking a 3-0 victory in Malibu.
The series with Wyoming is tied at 1-1-0. The Cowgirls edged the Cats, 1-0, in their last meeting on Sept. 4, 1998, in Laramie.
ARIZONA'S LAST TIME OUT: The Wildcats split a pair of matches in El Paso, Texas, last weekend. On Thursday, Arizona fell to Texas-El Paso, 4-3.
The Miners logged their first goal of the contest barely eight minutes in, but Tiffany Sabado knotted the score for the Cats at 22:43 off an assist by fellow sophomore Kristi Loroa (Tucson, AZ/Canyon del Oro HS). The tie didn't last for long, as UTEP dented the net again at 28:21.
Arizona's Brooke McManus made the score 2-2 just one minute into the second half, off an assist by Chrissy Sanford. Then UTEP pulled away with goals in both the 55th and 79th minutes. Sanford brought the Cats to within one at the 87:30 mark, but the UA ran out of time before being able to score again.
On Saturday, Arizona fared much better against Arkansas-Little Rock in a neutral contest on UTEP's field. The Cats came up with their first shutout of the year, 2-0, and ended a three-game losing skid.
Sophomore transfer Katie Winship (San Diego, CA/Carlsbad HS) notched her first goal as a Wildcat barely five minutes into the contest, when her shot was dropped into the net by the UALR goalkeeper.
With just under three minutes remaining in the game, Sabado capped the win for the Cats off an assist by Sanford.
Wildcat sophomore keeper Shannon Monti recorded her first collegiate shutout while making a pair of saves. The shutout was Arizona's first in 10 matches.
HEAD COACH LISA FRASER: Lisa Fraser (Sonoma State, 1985) has been with this fledgling Arizona program since its "birth" and has compiled a 29-60-4 record over her six seasons at the helm. She has a 103-131-19 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 Wildcats continue Pac-10 play next weekend with a pair of matches in Los Angeles. Arizona takes on USC on Friday, Oct. 8, at 3 p.m., then the Cats play at UCLA on Sunday, Oct. 10, at 2 p.m. USC is currently ranked No. 7 in the nation, and UCLA is No. 9.
PRACTICE SCHEDULE: Here's the upcoming practice schedule for the Wildcats (all practices conducted at Murphey Stadium)...
Wed. Sept. 29 6-8:30 p.m. Thurs Sept. 30 12:30-3:30 p.m. Fri. Oct. 1 vs. Pepperdine, 7 p.m. Sat. Oct. 2 9-11:30 a.m. Sun. Oct. 3 vs. Wyoming, 1 p.m. Mon. Oct. 4 6-8:30 p.m. Tues. Oct. 5 12:30-3:30 p.m. Wed. Oct. 6 6-8:30 p.m. Thurs. Oct. 7 depart for Los Angeles Fri. Oct. 8 at USC, 3 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, USC was ranked sixth, BYU was ninth, Stanford was 11th and UCLA was 16th.
In the NSCAA National Rankings, USC is No. 7, UCLA is No. 9, BYU is No. 12, Baylor is No. 14, and Stanford is No. 17. California received votes for ranking.
In the NSCAA Regional Rankings, Baylor is holding down the No. 3 spot in the Central Region. Wisconsin-Milwaukee is 10th in the Great Lakes Region. USC is #2 in the West Region, followed by #3 UCLA, #4 BYU, #5 Stanford and #7 California.
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 12 of the team's 17 goals and five of the 10 assists this season.
Either Sanford or Sabado, or both, has had an assist or a goal in each of the last six contests. Sanford has scored or assisted a goal in six of the season's eight matches, while Sabado has had a goal or an assist in five of the eight matches.
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 four wins away from tying the school record of eight set in 1997. The Cats are also only nine goals away from tying the school record of 26, set by both the 1995 and 1997 teams.
With her seven goals, Chrissy Sanford stands in a tie for third place on the UA single season list in that category. She needs only four more goals to tie the school season record.
Sanford's 17 points places her in a tie for fourth on the season scoring chart, only 10 points out of first place.
Brooke McManus' 87 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 broke into the all-time top-10 in scoring last weekend, now standing in a tie for eighth with her 12 points (five goals, two assists).
Goalkeeper Inger Airheart has become Arizona's career leader in minutes played, with 3846.
ARIZONA IN THE PAC-10: Here's where the Wildcats stand in the Pac-10 statistics this week...
Individual Total Points 3. Chrissy Sanford 17 pts. t6. Tiffany Sabado 12 pts. t24. Kim McGehee 6 pts. Goals Scored t2. Chrissy Sanford 7 t7. Tiffany Sabado 5 Assists t7. Chrissy Sanford 3 GK Saves 7. Shannon Monti 23 9. Inger Airheart 20 Team Points t6. 44 Goals Against Ave. 10. 2.45GENERATING OFFENSE: The Wildcats have racked up 17 goals already this year, the most ever for the first eight 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 three games decided by that narrow margin this season. In the six-year history of the Arizona soccer program, 41 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 four of the five contests this season in which it has scored more than two goals.
Over the six years of Wildcat soccer, the UA has a 24-14-1 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 last weekend. 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. Thurs. Oct. 21 8:30 p.m. Sat. Oct. 23 3:30 p.m.CAT SCRATCHES: Arizona has a 3-2 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.
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).
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.
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-ever start. 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.