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Release: 10/07/2003
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Oct. 7, 2003

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WHAT'S HAPPENING: The University of Arizona women's soccer team (4-5-1 overall, 0-0-0 Pac-10) kicks off Pac-10 play and a three-game homestand this weekend. The Wildcats will face Stanford on Friday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m., then they take on 21st-ranked California on Sunday, Oct. 12, at 1 p.m. Both matches will be played at Murphey Stadium, located at 15th Street and Plumer Avenue. Admission is free.

ABOUT ARIZONA: Standing at 4-5-1 on the season, the Wildcats are looking to end a three-game winless streak. Arizona is coming off a close 2-1 loss at San Diego last Friday, the Cats' only action last week.

With five goals and two assists (12 points), sophomore midfielder Mallory Miller continues to hold the Wildcat scoring lead. Junior forward Candice Wilks is second in scoring, with nine points off four goals and one assist. Freshman midfielder Erin Bevacqua is third, with three goals (six points), followed by junior midfielder Vanesha Bailey with two goals and one assist (five points).

Miller also remains in the team lead in shots, with 34 on the season, including a team-best 15 on-goal. Wilks is second with 16 shots, followed by sophomore midfielder Lisa Kosena (15), junior midfielder Vanesha Bailey (14) and sophomore midfielder Jennifer Klein (11).

Sophomore goalkeeper Natalie Juarez has started seven games this season, registering 19 saves, one shutout and a 1.19 goals-against average in 605 minutes of play. Junior keeper Krystal Werges has seen action in five matches, tallying seven saves, one shutout and a 2.00 GA average in 315 minutes.

ABOUT STANFORD: On a two-game losing skid, Stanford is 5-5-1 overall after being swept at home by Santa Clara (2-0) and Loyola Marymount (2-1) last weekend. The Cardinal were ranked No. 23 last week but dropped out of this week's polls. Friday's matchup will mark the first time since 1997 that Stanford will not be nationally ranked heading into its meeting with Arizona.

Senior Allyson Marquand holds the Cardinal scoring lead with three goals and one assist (seven points). Fellow senior Alisan Pabon is close behind, with two goals and one assist (five points), followed by junior forward Natalie Sanderson and senior midfielder Brittany Oliveira with two goals (four points) apiece. Junior goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart has recorded 31 saves, four shutouts and a 0.80 goals-against average in 1019 minutes of play.

First-year head coach Paul Ratcliffe (UCLA, 1994) holds a 5-5-1 mark at the helm of the Stanford program. He is 60-39-8 in six seasons as a collegiate head coach.

THE SERIES vs. STANFORD: The Cardinal hold a perfect 8-0-0 record in the series with the Wildcats, including a 6-0 win over the UA in Palo Alto last season.

LAST MEETING WITH STANFORD: In its final match of the season, Arizona was shutout by then-No. 1 Stanford, 6-0, in Palo Alto on Nov. 10, 2002. That marked the first time in the history of Arizona soccer that the Wildcats played a No. 1-ranked team.

It was a rough first half for the Wildcats. The Cardinal scored their first goal at 1:45 and never looked back. They struck again at 8:25, and then dented the net three more times in an 11-minute span late in the period. Lindsey Greenwood had Arizona's first shot of the game during the 20th minute, a header that Cardinal goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart had to stop. Stanford led, 5-0, at halftime.

Senior Tymarie Novak took advantage of a Stanford foul in the 55th minute to send a free kick directly at the Cardinal goal, but Barnhart was able to tip the ball away just before it went in. The Cats held Stanford scoreless for the majority of the second half, although the Cardinal managed to score another goal in the 62nd minute.

The Cats had two shots for the match, both on-goal. Goalkeeper Natalie Juarez played the entire 90 minutes in-goal for the Wildcats, tallying seven saves.

ABOUT CALIFORNIA: Ranked No. 21 in the nation this week, the Golden Bears are 5-2-3 overall after splitting a pair of road games last weekend. Cal was edged at Missouri, 1-0, on Oct. 3 but recovered to hand Marquette a 2-0 loss on Oct. 5. The Golden Bears will play at Arizona State on Friday before traveling to Tucson for Sunday's match with the Wildcats.

Senior midfielder Kassie Doubrava leads Cal in scoring with seven points off three goals and one assist. With four points each, sophomore forward Liz Eisenberg (two goals) and senior midfielder Kimberly Yokers (one goal, two assists) are tied for second in scoring.

Freshman goalkeeper Anna Key has started six matches for Cal, logging 19 saves, three shutouts and a 0.64 goals-against average in 560 minutes of action. Sophomore keeper Ashley Sulprizio has four starts, registering 19 saves, two shutouts and a 0.45 GAA in 400 minutes. The Cal defense has allowed opponents to score only six goals in the season's 10 matches.

In his seventh season at California, head coach Kevin Boyd (Tri-State, 1990) holds a 83-42-9 record with the Golden Bears.

THE SERIES vs. CALIFORNIA: The Golden Bears are a perfect 8-0-0 in the series with Arizona. They logged a 4-1 win over the Cats last season in Berkeley.

LAST MEETING WITH CALIFORNIA: Battling severe weather conditions in Berkeley, Arizona lost to California, 4-1, on Nov. 8, 2002.

The Cats held off the Bears for nearly 23 minutes before Cal's Laura Schott broke the shutout at 22:57 with the first of what would become three goals for the game. In the 32nd minute, Wildcat Courtney Moseley tied the game when her corner kick went directly into the Cal goal.

The tie didn't last long, as Schott sent the Bears ahead for good with her second goal at 40:59. Dania Cabello scored Cal's third goal in the 59th minute, and Schott completed her hat trick just one minute later.

Cal out-shot Arizona, 17-8, for the game and had a 12-3 advantage in shots on-goal. Goalkeeper Natalie Juarez tallied four saves while playing all 90 minutes in the nets for the Cats.

ARIZONA'S LAST TIME OUT: In their only action of the week, the Wildcats suffered another heart-breakingly close loss, 2-1, at San Diego on Friday.

The Toreros got on the board rather early in the match, with a header off a corner kick at 16:13. The Wildcats had their own chances in the first half, as Candice Wilks and Kelly Nelson both had one-on-one opportunities that they were unable to convert. Down 1-0 at the break, the Wildcats were also out-shot, 7-3, for the period.

Arizona stepped up pressure in the second half, but USD made the deficit 2-0 in the 58th minute off a long free kick. Five minutes later, the Wildcats broke the shutout. Mallory Miller played a short corner kick to Kelly Nelson, who played the ball back to Miller for the strike at 62:14. The Cats out-shot USD, 6-2, in the second half, but they were unable to score again.

The two teams were equal in both shots for the game, 9-9, and shots on-goal, 4-4. Miller, Nelson and Jennifer Klein contributed two shots apiece for the Wildcats. UA goalkeepers Natalie Juarez and Krystal Werges split time in-goal, each giving up one goal, with Juarez making two saves.

LOOKING AHEAD: The Wildcats continue their homestand next weekend, facing rival Arizona State on Saturday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m. in Murphey Stadium.

Arizona hits the road again the following weekend, playing at USC on Friday, Oct. 24, at 3 p.m. then facing UCLA on Sunday, Oct. 26, at 1 p.m. PST. After that, the Wildcats will take on the Oregon schools at home on Oct. 31 and Nov. 2.

ARIZONA HEAD COACH Dan Tobias: First-year head coach Dan Tobias (Cal Poly, 1987) is 4-5-1 with the Wildcats. He holds a career record of 48-50-7 over six years, five of which were spent at the helm of the Washington State program. Tobias was the 2002 Pac-10 Coach of the Year after guiding the Cougars to a third-place finish in the conference and their second NCAA tournament appearance in three years.

THE REST OF THE STAFF: In her first season at the UA, Lisa Oyen (Montana, 1998) followed Dan Tobias from Washington State, where she was part of Tobias' coaching staff for two years.

Assistant coach Harold Warren (Cal Poly SLO, 2002) is also in his first year with the Wildcats. He came to the UA after spending the 2002 season on the women's soccer staff at UC Irvine.

KEEP SHOOTING: The Wildcats have out-shot their opponents, 155-82, for the season. That means the Cats are taking an average of seven more shots per game than their opponents.

Arizona also has an enormous 83-22 advantage in corner kicks already this year, further proof that the Cats are spending much more time in the opponent's third than in their own. At Montana on Sept. 26, the Wildcats set a new school record with 14 corner kicks, breaking the original mark of 12 set previously on Oct. 21, 2001, against Oregon State.

ARIZONA'S RECORD WHEN: This season, the Wildcats are... 4-0-1 when tied or leading at the half... 3-1-0 when scoring two goals or more... 4-0-1 when giving up just one goal or less.

A TALE OF TWO HALVES: The Wildcats have been out-scored by their opponents, 11-7, in the first half during this season's matches. However, Arizona has out-scored its opponents, 9-4, in the second half.

TWICE IS NICE: Traditionally, the Cats have fared rather well when scoring two or more goals in a match. They have won three of the four matches this year in which they have scored more than one goal. Over the 10 years of Wildcat soccer, the UA has a 41-22-2 record when scoring two goals or more.

CLOSE BUT...: The outcome of seven of the Wildcats' 10 games so far this season has been decided by one goal or less. In the 10-year history of the Arizona soccer program, 75 matches have been decided by that one-goal-or-less differential.

TOUGH SCHEDULE: Seven of Arizona's 2003 opponents are either nationally ranked or received votes for ranking in this week's polls.

In the NSCAA Coaches Poll, UCLA is No. 3, Washington is No. 9, and California is No. 21.

In the Soccer America Top 25, UCLA stands at No. 3, Washington is No. 12, and USC is No. 18.

In the Soccer Buzz Magazine Top 25, UCLA is holding down the No. 4 spot, Washington is No. 12, and California is No. 18. Arizona State received votes for ranking.

In the SoccerTimes.com Top 25, UCLA is No. 4, Washington is No. 10, California is No. 18, Arizona State is No. 22, and USC is No. 25. Stanford and San Diego also received votes for ranking.

CURRENT CATS AMONG UA CAREER LEADERS: Junior forward Candice Wilks is tied for third on the UA career list for game-winning goals (3), tied for third in total points (30), is fourth in total shots (84), fifth in goals scored (12) and is tied for sixth in assists (6).

Junior midfielder Vanesha Bailey is sixth in career assists (6), tied for seventh in total points (22), tied for eighth in games started (47) and is tied for ninth in goals scored (8). Sophomore midfielder Mallory Miller is fifth in total shots (81), is tied for sixth in game-winning goals (2) and tied for eighth in assists (5).

Sophomore forward Kelly Nelson is fourth in career goals scored (13) and is fifth in total points (29). Sophomore midfielders Lisa Kosena and Erin Clewett are both tied for eighth in career assists, with five apiece. Junior defender Lindsey Peeples is tied for eighth in games started, with 47.

Sophomore goalkeeper Natalie Juarez is second in career goals-against average (2.23), fourth in goalkeeping minutes played (1576) and fourth in saves (89).

THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME: The Wildcats have a 26-34-3 record in eight seasons playing on their home field, Murphey Stadium.

ON LOCATION: Arizona is 3-1-0 at home this year, 1-3-0 in road contests and 0-1-1 in neutral matches. The Wildcats were 4-5-0 at home last season, 1-7-0 on the road and 1-0-1 in neutral games.

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