Cats to face third straight ranked opponent
COMING UP: The University of Arizona women's soccer team (6-6-0, 0-3-0 Pac-10) open a three-game home stand this weekend with a pair of matches against the Bay Area schools. The Wildcats will take on 16th-ranked Stanford on Friday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m., then they face California on Sunday, Oct. 17, at 1 p.m. Both matches will be played at Murphey Stadium, located at 15th Street and Plumer Avenue
ABOUT ARIZONA: The Wildcats suffered a set-back last weekend, getting swept on the road at the L.A. schools. Arizona fell at USC, 6-0, on Friday, then was defeated 6-1 at UCLA last Sunday. The UA now stands at 6-6-0 overall and 0-3-0 in Pac-10 play.
Junior forward Chrissy Sanford (Newbury, CA/Newbury Park HS) remains in the scoring lead for the Cats with nine goals and five assists (23 points). She needs only two more goals to tie the school record in that category and is only four 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 (six points), while three players -- sophomore forward Katie Winship (San Diego, CA/Carlsbad HS), junior midfielder Brooke McManus (Escondido, CA/San Pasqual HS) and sophomore forward Kristi Loroña (Tucson, AZ/Canyon del Oro HS) each have four 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 27 saves, one shutout and a 3.10 GAA in seven games in the nets.
ABOUT STANFORD: Ranked 16th in the nation this week, Stanford is 9-3-0 overall and 2-0-0 in the Pac-10 after downing both Oregon (1-0) and Oregon State (2-0) on the road last weekend. The Cardinal are on a five-game win streak. Stanford is the third straight ranked opponent Arizona has played and is the fifth ranked team the Cats have faced this season.
With six goals and one assist (13 points), senior forward Kelly Adamson leads Stanford in scoring. Freshman midfielder Becky Myers is a very close second, with six goals (12 points). Freshman forward Marcia Wallis, sophomore midfielder Martha West and senior midfielder Ronnie Fair have 10 points apiece. Junior goalkeeper Carly Smolak has tallied 21 saves, three shutouts and a GAA of 1.18 while starting 11 matches. Senior goalkeeper Wendi Whittman has a perfect 0.00 GAA in her one start for the year.
Stanford head coach Steve Swanson (Michigan State, 1984) holds a 43-26-3 record in his fourth year at the helm of the Cardinal program. He has a 98-61-10 mark in 10 years as a head coach.
ABOUT CALIFORNIA: Sporting an 9-3-1 overall record and receiving votes for national ranking, California is ranked seventh in the West Region this week. The Golden Bears also swept Oregon State (2-0) and Oregon (1-0) on the road last weekend. Cal will play at Arizona State this Friday before heading to Tucson to take on the Cats Sunday.
Freshman forward Laura Schott holds a solid lead in the Cal scoring ranks, with eight goals and five assists (21 points). Fellow freshman Brittany Kirk is second with six goals and three assists (15 points), followed by midfielders Stephanie Strocco, Kim Brown and Natalie Stuhlmueller with seven points each. Junior goalkeeper Maite Zabala has collected 42 saves, five shutouts and a 0.65 goals-against average in 11 starts.
California head coach Kevin Boyd (Tri-State, 1990) holds 33-18-2 record in his third year with the Bears and his third year as a head coach.
THE SERIES: Stanford has a perfect 4-0-0 lead in the series with Arizona. The Cardinal won last year's meeting, 8-1, on Oct. 11, in Palo Alto. Wildcat midfielder Brooke McManus scored Arizona's lone goal in the match off a penalty kick midway through the second half.
California, too, is a perfect 4-0-0 in the series with Arizona. The Golden Bears logged a 4-1 win in the last meeting on Oct. 9, 1998, in Berkeley. Forward Kim McGehee had the UA's only goal late in the first half of the match.
ARIZONA'S LAST TIME OUT: The Wildcats are coming offa rough weekend, which saw them getting swept by a pair of nationally ranked Pac-10 teams on the road.
On Friday, the Cats were shutout, 6-0, at 14th-ranked USC. Sophomore midfielder Marisa Padula (Potomac, MD/Winston Churchill HS) came off the bench to lead the UA with three shots.
In Sunday's contest, Arizona was able to score but still fell, 6-1, to 8th-ranked UCLA. Transfer Katie Winship logged the Cats' lone goal at the 53:56 mark. Four different Wildcats had one shot each in 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 31-60-4 record over her six seasons at the helm. She has a 105-131-19 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 Cats remain at home next weekend for their final non-conference match of the 1999 season. Arizona will take on Colorado College on Sunday, Oct. 24, at 1 p.m.
PRACTICE SCHEDULE: Here's the upcoming practice schedule for the Wildcats (all practices conducted at Murphey Stadium)...
Wed. Oct. 13 6-8:30 p.m. Thurs. Oct. 14 12:30-3:30 p.m. Fri. Oct. 15 vs. Stanford, 7 p.m. Sat. Oct. 16 9-11:30 a.m. Sun. Oct. 17 vs. California, 1 p.m. Mon. Oct. 18 6-8:30 p.m. Tues. Oct. 19 12:30-3:30 p.m. Wed. Oct. 20 6-8:30 p.m. Thurs. Oct. 21 12:30-3:30 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, Stanford is ranked 10th, USC is 11th, UCLA is 12th, BYU is 14th and California is 20th.
In the NSCAA National Rankings, UCLA is No. 7, USC is No. 12, Stanford is No. 16, BYU is No. 20 and Baylor is No. 24. California received votes for ranking.
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. UCLA is #2 in the West Region, followed by #3 USC, #4 Stanford, #5 BYU 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 15 of the team's 22 goals and seven of the 12 assists this season.
Either Sanford or Sabado, or both, has had an assist or a goal in nine of the season's 12 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.
ON LOCATION: Arizona holds a 3-2-0 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 four goals away from tying the school record of 26, set by both the 1995 and 1997 teams.
With her nine goals, Chrissy Sanford stands second place on the UA single season list in that category. She needs only two more goals 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 23 points is the second-highest single-season point total in school history and is only four away from a new school record.
Brooke McManus' 90 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 stands in eighth place on the UA all-time scoring list 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...
Individual Total Points 2. Chrissy Sanford 23 pts. t10. Tiffany Sabado 14 pts. Goals Scored 2. Chrissy Sanford 9 Assists t4. Chrissy Sanford 5 GK Saves 6. Inger Airheart 43 9. Shannon Monti 27 Team Points 7. 56 Goals Against Ave. 10. 2.71
NOTING THE PAC-10: Pac-10 play officially began last weekend, leaving UCLA, Stanford, USC and California all tied for first place in the league with 2-0-0 records. Washington, too, remains undefeated in conference play, at 1-0-0.
UCLA continues to hold the best overall record in the Pac-10, at 10-2-0. Stanford and USC follow, each at 9-3-0 overall.
Arizona State's Stacey Tullock remains the Pac-10 leader in scoring, with 26 points (10 goals, 6 assists). The UA's Chrissy Sanford is close behind at 23 points (9 goals, 5 assists).
In the team statistics, UCLA leads the Pac-10 in scoring with 36 goals and 26 assists (98 points) on the year. Stanford is second, with 34 goals and 19 assists (87 points). California has the best team goals against average, at 0.66, followed by UCLA's GAA of 0.83.
KEYS TO THE WIN: This season, Arizona is... 5-1 when leading at the half... 5-1 when scoring first... 5-1 when scoring two or more goals... 4-0 when out-shooting opponents.
GENERATING OFFENSE: The Wildcats have racked up 22 goals this year, the most ever for the first 12 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 four games decided by that narrow margin this season.
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 six contests this season in which it has scored more than two goals.
Over the six years of Wildcat soccer, the UA has a 25-14-1 record when scoring two goals or more.
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.
CAT SCRATCHES: Arizona has a 4-2 mark this season when Chrissy Sanford scores at least one goal... 18 different players have started one game or more for the Wildcats this season... Arizona is 0-9-0 all-time against nationally ranked teams... The Cats have been outscored, 16-1, in Pac-10 play so far this season... Arizona is on a 16-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.
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. 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.
All UA home soccer matches are played at Murphey Stadium, located at 15th Street and Plumer Ave. Admission is free.