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Wildcat Soccer Makes Last Pac-10 Trip of the Season
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: October 26, 1999
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COMING UP: The University of Arizona women's soccer team (6-8-1, 0-5-0 Pac-10) heads to the Pacific Northwest this weekend for its final Pac-10 road trip of the 1999 season. The Wildcats play at Washington State on Friday, Oct. 29, at 2 p.m., then they take on Washington on Sunday, Oct. 31, at 12 p.m. PST.

ABOUT ARIZONA: The Wildcats stand at 6-8-1 overall and 0-5-0 in the Pac-10 after ending a four-game losing skid with a 0-0 overtime tie with Colorado College at home on Sunday. The Cats will be playing five of their final seven matches of the year at home. 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 37 saves, two shutouts and a 2.79 GAA in 10 games in the nets.

ABOUT WASHINGTON STATE: On a five-game losing skid, the Cougars are 6-9-0 overall and 0-5-0 in Pac-10 play. WSU was swept at home by Oregon (2-1 ot) and Oregon State (3-2) last weekend.

With eight goals and five assists (21 points), junior forward Deka DeWitt leads Washington State in scoring. Freshman forward Katrina Stroh is second with four goals and three assists (11 points), followed by senior midfielder Christina Pallan with three goals and four assists (10 points). Sophomore goalkeeper Lindsey Jorgensen has 91 saves, five shutouts and a goals-against average of 1.90.

Washington head coach Dan Tobias (Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, 1987) holds a 12-19-3 record in his second year at the helm of the Cougar program.

ABOUT WASHINGTON: The Huskies improved to 6-7-1 overall and 3-1-1 in Pac-10 play with a sweep of Oregon State (4-1) and Oregon (1-0 ot) at home over the weekend. UW will play host to Arizona State on Friday night before taking on the Wildcats on Sunday. Sophomore forward Caroline Putz is Washington's leading scorer, with seven goals and seven assists (21 points). Junior midfielder Theresa Wagner is second with seven goals and four assists (18 points); four of her goals have been gamewinners. Freshman goalkeeper Hope Solo has recorded 66 saves, two shutouts and a goals-against average of 1.83 in 10 matches, while junior Leslie Weeks has 23 saves, two shutouts and a 0.80 GAA in five games.

Husky head coach Lesle Gallimore (California, 1986) is 54-43-3 in six years at UW and has a 86-68-12 record in 10 years as a head coach.

THE SERIES: Washington State holds a narrow 2-1-1 lead in the series with Arizona. The two teams played to a scoreless overtime tie in their last meeting, on Oct. 25, 1998, in Tucson.

Washington has a perfect 4-0-0 record in the series with the Cats. The Huskies needed overtime to pull out a 3-2 win over the Cats during last year's meeting on Oct. 23 in Tucson. Former Wildcat Nikki Jones was responsible for both of the UA's goals in that match.

ARIZONA'S LAST TIME OUT: Despite outshooting its opponent, 20-8, the Wildcats played Colorado College to a 0-0 tie in overtimeat home last Sunday.

Chrissy Sanford recorded a game-high four shots, while Brooke McManus and Kim McGehee had three shots each. UA goalkeeper Shannon Monti recorded a pair of saves to earn her second shutout of the season.

The tie ended a four-game losing skid for the Cats and was their first tie since a scoreless game with Washington State at home on Oct. 25, 1998.

HEAD COACH LISA FRASER: Lisa Fraser (Sonoma State, 1985) has been with the Arizona program since its "birth" and has compiled a 31-62-5 record over her six seasons at the helm. She has a 105-133-20 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 wrap up the 1999 season at home with a pair of Pac-10 matches next weekend. Arizona will take on Oregon State on Friday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m. The UA faces Oregon on Sunday, Nov. 7, at 1 p.m. in the final match of the year.

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 15 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.	27	6-8:30 p.m.
Thurs.	Oct.	28	depart for Pullman, Wash.
Fri.	Oct.	29	at Washington State, 2 p.m.
Sat.	Oct.	30	TBA at Washington
Sun.	Oct.	31	at Washington, 12 p.m. PST
Mon.	Nov.	1	6-8:30 p.m.
Tues.	Nov.	2	12:30-3:30 p.m.
Wed.	Nov.	3	6-8:30 p.m.

COMMON OPPONENTS: Here's how Arizona has fared against some of the teams which Washington State and Washington have played this season...

        Arizona	          Wash. State	     Washington
Wyoming	W 3-1 (Oct. 3)	  W 3-0 (Sept. 12)   DNP
BYU	L 1-3 (Sept. 13)  DNP 	             L 0-3 (Sept. 24)
UCLA	L 1-6 (Oct. 10)	  L 1-2 (Oct. 15)    T 3-3ot (Oct. 17)
USC	L 0-6 (Oct. 8)	  L 0-4 (Oct. 17)    L 1-2 (Oct. 15)

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 seventh, USC is eighth, and UCLA is 15th.

In the NSCAA National Rankings, Stanford is tied at No. 7, USC is No. 10, UCLA is No. 20, BYU is No. 23 and Baylor is tied at No. 25.

In the NSCAA Regional Rankings, Baylor is holding down the No. 5 spot in the Central Region. Wisconsin-Milwaukee is 10th in the Great Lakes Region. Stanford is #2 in the West Region, followed by #3 USC, #5 UCLA, #6 BYU and #10 Arizona State.

In the Soccer Buzz national rankings, Stanford is #7, USC is #8, UCLA is #13, BYU is #18 and Baylor is tied at #25.

In the Soccer Buzz regional rankings, Baylor is fifth in the Central Region. Stanford is #2 in the West Region, with USC at #3, UCLA at #4 and BYU at #6. Arizona State and California are receiving votes for ranking.

ON LOCATION: Arizona holds a 3-4-1 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. Her 45 shots this year is the eighth-highest single season total to date.

Brooke McManus' 97 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	
t2.	Chrissy Sanford	25 pts.
t19.	Tiffany Sabado	14 pts.
Goals Scored	
3.	Chrissy Sanford	10
t7.	Chrissy Sanford	5
GK Saves	
8.	Inger Airheart	43
9.	Shannon Monti	35
9.	62
Goals Against Ave.	
10.	2.65

NOTING THE PAC-10: After edging USC on Sunday, Stanford has emerged as the Pac-10 leader, with a perfect 6-0-0 league record. USC is a close second with a 5-1-0 Pac-10 mark.

Stanford also has the best overall record in the Pac-10, at 13-3-0. UCLA follows at 12-3-1, with USC at 12-4-0.

Arizona State's Stacey Tullock remains the Pac-10 leader in scoring, with 35 points (14 goals, 7 assists). With her 25 points (10 goals, 5 assists, the UA's Chrissy Sanford is tied with UCLA's Jessica Winton for second place.

In the team statistics, Stanford leads the Pac-10 in scoring with 51 goals and 30 assists (132 points) on the year. UCLA is second, with 44 goals and 32 assists (120 points).

California still has the best team goals-against average, at 0.90, followed by USC's goals-against of 1.06.

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... 4-1-1 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 Wildcats' offense has stalled a bit, as they have tallied only three goals over the last five games. With 24 goals on the season thus far, the Cats are still in pursuit of the school single season scoring record, needing only three more goals to set a new mark in that category.

CLOSE BUT...: The outcome of five of the Wildcats' 15 games this year has decided by one goal or less. In the six-year history of the Arizona soccer program, 43 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 Washington will be the 99th 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.	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.

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 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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