WHAT'S HAPPENING: The University of Arizona women's soccer team (3-7-2 overall, 0-1-1 Pac-10) takes on the Washington schools this weekend in the Cats' first home Pac-10 matches of the year. The Wildcats will play Washington State on Friday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m., then the UA faces fourth-ranked Washington on Sunday, Oct. 15, at 1 p.m.
ABOUT ARIZONA: On a two-game winless streak, the Wildcats are 3-7-2 overall and 0-1-1 in Pac-10 play. During their first weekend of conference action, the Cats tied Oregon State in overtime (1-1) on Friday, then were shutout at Oregon (0-2) on Sunday.
Freshman Liz Bartlett tallied another goal over the weekend and moved into a tie for first on the UA scoring chart with junior forward Kristi Loroa. Each player has four goals (eight points) on the year. Bartlett leads the team in shots with 31, while Loroa has 24 shots for the season.
Senior Keri Kennedy-Weber is third with three goals (six points), followed by sophomore Naomi Chu with one goal and two assists (four points). Freshman forward Meaghan McNatt and junior midfielder Twila Kaufman have one goal and one assist (three points) apiece.
Junior goalkeeper Shannon Monti has started all 12 matches, garnering 964 minutes played, 54 saves and a goals-against average of 2.33. Senior goalkeeper Inger Airheart has played 218 minutes off the bench, logging 10 saves and a GAA of 1.24. The two combined for the team's only shutout of the year thus far on Sept. 30.
ABOUT WASHINGTON STATE: The Cougars are 8-4-0 overall and 0-2-0 in Pac-10 play after back-to-back losses to the Bay Area schools at home last weekend. WSU dropped a narrow 2-1 decision to then-7th-ranked California last Friday and was edged, 1-0, in double overtime by then-13th-ranked Stanford last Sunday.
With eight goals and two assists (18 points), senior forward Deka DeWitt leads Washington State in scoring. Junior midfielder Natalie Kehl (five goals, two assists) and sophomore forward Katrina Stroh (four goals, four assists) are tied for second with 12 points each.
Junior goalkeeper Jerika Duran has played in 10 matches, tallying 929 minutes, 53 saves, one shutout and a 1.16 goals-against average. Freshman Sara Leibowitz has seen time in the nets in three matches, collecting 225 minutes, 15 saves and a 0.80 GAA.
Third-year head coach Dan Tobias (Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, 1987) has a 21-26-3 record at the helm of the Washington State program.
ABOUT WASHINGTON: Ranked No. 4 in the adidas/NSCAA Coaches Poll this week, the Huskies are 11-1-0 overall and 2-0-0 in Pac-10 play. On a five-game win streak, Washington swept both then-#13 Stanford (1-0) and then-#7 Cal (2-1) at home last weekend. The Huskies will play at Arizona State on Friday before heading to Tucson for Sunday's game.
Freshman forward Crystal David holds a solid scoring lead for the Huskies, with 11 goals and four assists (26 points). Senior midfielder Theresa Wagner and junior midfielder Caroline Putz are tied for second with five goals and seven assists (17 points) apiece.
Sophomore goalkeeper Hope Solo has played in 12 matches, with 959 minutes played, 53 saves and a 1.03 goals-against average. Senior goalkeeper Leslie Weeks has seen action in four matches, collecting 121 minutes, one save and a 0.74 GAA.
Head coach Lesle Gallimore (California, 1986) is 73-52-5 in seven years at Washington. She has a 105-77-14 mark in 11 seasons as a head coach.
THE SERIES: Washington State leads the series with Arizona, 3-1-1, including a 3-2 win over the Cats in Pullman last season.
Washington has never lost a game to Arizona and leads the series, 5-0-0. The Huskies blanked the Cats, 4-0, last year in Seattle.
LAST TIME vs. WSU: In Pullman on Oct. 29, 1999, the Cats were edged, 3-2, by Washington State. WSU was up 2-0 by the 33rd minute, then Kristi Loroa broke the shutout for the Cats with a goal at 32:29 off a Tiffany Sabado assist. The Cougars scored again early in the second half. Twila Kaufman answered for the Cats at 54:48, but the UA was unable to score again for the remainder of the game.
LAST TIME vs. WASHINGTON: On Oct. 31, 1999, in Seattle, the Wildcats were shutout, 4-0, by the Huskies. Arizona allowed only one goal in the first half, however UW scored two goals within a 45-second timespan early in the second half to go up 3-0. Washington put the last nail in by notching a goal with less than six minutes remaining in the game. The Cats had only five shots to UW's 30, and UA goalkeeper Shannon Monti was forced to make 12 saves.
ARIZONA'S LAST TIME OUT: On Oct. 6, the Cats played Oregon State to a 1-1 double overtime tie in Corvallis during the Pac-10 opener. The contest was Arizona's sixth overtime match of the year, and the tie marked the first time in seven years of Arizona soccer that the Cats did not open Pac-10 play with a loss.
The Wildcats struck first with a goal at the 25:25 mark, an unassisted breakaway by freshman Liz Bartlett. Oregon State answered just 37 seconds into the second half, and neither team scored for the remainder of the game.
Oregon State outshot Arizona, 24-8, for the match. Bartlett led the UA with three shots, including two on-goal.
Arizona goalkeepers Shannon Monti and Inger Airheart combined for nine saves, with Airheart allowing the only OSU goal.
On Oct. 8, Arizona was blanked by Oregon, 2-0, in Eugene. The Ducks scored their first goal at in the 29th minute then notched the second with just 15 seconds remaining in the first half. Neither team scored in the second half.
Oregon held a 22-15 advantage over the Cats in the shots category. Wildcat junior Kristi Loroa had a game-high-tying five shots, while Twila Kaufman, Liz Bartlett and Meaghan McNatt had a pair of shots apiece. UA junior goalkeeper Shannon Monti played all 90 minutes for the Cats, collecting 10 saves.
ARIZONA HEAD COACH CATHY KLEIN: First-year head coach Cathy Klein (SUNY-Cortland, 1987) holds an 3-7-2 mark at the helm of the Arizona program. She has a Division I career record of 60-48-3 over six years and is 82-101-8 in 11 years as a head coach.
Klein was named as the Wildcats' new head coach last January. She came to the UA after a five-year stint building a new women's soccer program at Iowa State. In four varsity seasons with the Cyclones, Klein garnered a 43-37-1 mark. Before Iowa State, Klein was head coach at Creighton and Division III schools Earlham College and Utica College.
THE REST OF THE STAFF: In her first season at the UA, Melissa Estrada (Creighton, 1995) followed Cathy Klein from Iowa State, where Estrada was part of Klein's coaching staff for four years. She assists with recruiting and works with the field players.
Assistant coach Andre Luciano (Indiana, 1993) is in his second year on the sidelines for Arizona, after stints at Utah State and Washington State. His primary responsibilities at the UA are coaching the goalkeepers and working in the recruiting efforts.
PRACTICE SCHEDULE: All daily practices during the regular season, until Nov. 5, will be held from 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Media are encouraged to attend all practices but are not permitted to converse with coaches or players during practice. Media are permitted to interview coaches or players after practice only if an interview has been pre-arranged. All practices and games are conducted at Murphey Soccer Stadium, 15th and Plumer.
LOOKING AHEAD: The Wildcats hit the road again next weekend to open a three-game Pac-10 road swing. Arizona plays at Stanford on Friday, Oct. 20, at 7:30 p.m. then takes on California on Sunday, Oct. 22, at 12 p.m.
IT'S JUST A LITTLE EXTRA TIME: The Wildcats are coming off a weekend that saw them play yet another overtime match and further extend the school record for number of overtime contests in a season. Arizona has played six overtime games so far this year, surpassing the previous school record of four set by the 1998 team. The Cats have also set a new school record for most overtime wins in a season, with two. The UA is 2-2-2 in overtime matches this year.
SCORING IN BUNCHES: For the most part, the Wildcats who have scored this season haven't been content with merely denting the net once. Senior Keri Kennedy-Weber scored a trio of goals in as many games earlier this season. Freshman Liz Bartlett has racked up four goals in the last six contests, including the lone goal of a 1-1 tie with Oregon State on Oct. 8. Junior Kristi Loroa collected four goals over four matches from Sept. 22 through Sept. 30.
NOTING THE PAC-10: The 2000 season has been good to the Pac-10 women's soccer teams so far. Arizona State, Washington, California, UCLA and USC each has only one loss. Five conference teams -- Washington, UCLA, California, USC and Stanford -- are all ranked in the adidas/NSCAA Coaches Poll this week.
As a team, Arizona is second in the Pac-10 in offsides (36), third in home attendance (548 per game), fifth in fouls (176), fifth in saves (64), eighth in shutouts (1) and ninth in goals allowed (28). Junior goalkeeper Shannon Monti is third in the conference with 54 saves.
CLOSE BUT...: The outcome of eight of the Wildcats' 12 games this season has been decided by one goal or less. In the seven-year history of the Arizona soccer program, 53 matches have been decided by that one-goal-or-less differential.
A TALE OF TWO HALVES: Arizona is only being outscored by opponents 11-9 in the first halves of games this year. On the other hand, opponents are outscoring the Cats, 15-4, in the second halves of this season's matches.
ON LOCATION: The Wildcats are 2-2-0 at home, 1-5-1 on the road and 0-0-1 in neutral games this season. Last 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.
SCHEDULE STRENGTH: A number of the Wildcats' 2000 opponents are ranked in this week's polls.
TWICE IS NICE: Traditionally, the Cats have fared rather well when scoring two or more goals in a match. The UA won the only contest so far this season in which it scored more than two goals.
Over the seven years of Wildcat soccer, the UA has a 28-16-1 record when scoring two goals or more.
CAT SCRATCHES: 14 different players have started one game or more for the Wildcats this year... Seven players have started every match so far... The UA played five nationally ranked opponents last year, more than in any other season in the program's history... The Cats could be faced with just as many ranked opponents this season, if five members of the Pac-10 continue to be nationally ranked, as they are now.
GETTING THE WINS: The Wildcats' home victories over Long Island (2-1 OT) and Northern Arizona (1-0) on Sept. 29 and 30 ended a three-game losing skid for the UA and gave the Cats their first back-to-back victories since October of 1999.
IT'S A FIRST: Several Wildcats have had a number of collegiate "firsts" this year. Senior Keri Kennedy-Weber, sophomore Naomi Chu and freshmen Liz Bartlett and Meaghan McNatt all scored their first collegiate goals this season. Chu, McNatt, senior Ann Giallonardo, juniors Twila Kaufman and Erin Nelson and freshmen Sierra Cristiano and Lisa Mireles have each garnered their first collegiate assists this year as well.
LOCAL CONNECTION: The 2000 Wildcat roster features four players from Tucson-area high schools -- Niki Aguiar (Mountain View), Kristi Loroa (Canyon del Oro), Erin Nelson (Sabino) and Kate Nighswander-Will (Catalina Foothills).
PAC-10 COACHES POLL: UCLA was tabbed by the league's coaches as the favorite to win the Pac-10 crown this year, while the rebuilding Wildcats were picked to finish 10th.
Pac-10 Preseason Women's Soccer Coaches Poll
1. UCLA 7. Oregon 2. Stanford 8. Oregon State 3. USC 9. Washington St. 4. California 10. ARIZONA t5. Arizona State t5. Washington1999 IN BRIEF: The University of Arizona women's soccer team wrapped up the 1999 season with 7-10-2 overall and 1-7-1 Pac-10 marks. The team set or tied 28 school records, including most goals in a season (30) and fewest losses (10). The Wildcats more than doubled their number of wins from the year before (three) and finished eighth in the league standings, up two spots from 1998.
INDIVIDUALLY IN 1999: