Oct. 9, 2012
Arizona (5-6-3) vs. No. 2 Stanford (11-1-1)
Thursday, Oct. 11 • 7:00 p.m. MST
Tucson, Ariz. • Murphey Field at Mulcahy Stadium
TUCSON, Ariz - The University of Arizona women’s soccer squad will host No. 2 Stanford on Thursday at Murphey Field at Mulcahy Stadium. The match will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks.
Last Match: In the previous weekend, the Wildcats traveled to Washington to take on the University of Washington Huskies and the Washington State Cougars. The Huskies and Wildcats tied 1-1 with Arizona senior Jessica Culver scoring the only goal. In the 3-0 shut out by the Cougars, the Wildcats attempted a total of 11 shots with Jazmin Ponce, Ariel Boulicault and Ana-Maria Montoya leading the team with two shots apiece.
Noting the Cardinal: No.2 Stanford added a pair of wins on the road in the previous weekend. At the University of Utah, the Cardinal shut out the Utes 1-0 with Nina Watkins scoring the winning goal. In the 2-1 win against Colorado, Mariah Nogueira scored her sixth goal of the season in the 79th minute. Just 37 seconds later, Alina Garciamendez scored her fourth goal of the season to put the Cardinal up 2-1. Natalie Griffin leads Stanford with 32 shots in thirteen games.
Leading the Pac: For the sixth week in a row, Arizona junior Jazmin Ponce leads the Pac-12 in shots (66) with 33 on goal. Ponce also leads the Wildcats with seven goals in fourteen matches played. In the net, Arizona goalkeeper Gabby Kaufman has recorded a total of 72 saves to put her at the number one spot in the Pac-12. Kaufman has limited opponents to 17 goals in 14 games played.
Montoya the Olympian: After participating in the 2012 London Olympics with the Colombian women’s soccer team this summer, Ana-Maria Montoya continues to make her mark at Arizona. In fourteen games played, Montoya has registered two goals, one assist and 25 shots with nine on goal.
Honoring Lexe: Before every match, Arizona wears a pre-game warm-up shirt with the No. 13 in honor of Lexe Selman, a member of UA's 2012 signing class. Selman recently finished up her fourth round of chemotherapy treatment for Leukemia, which she was diagnosed with on April 20 of this year. Vowing to Selman and her family to keep her dreams of playing at the collegiate soccer level alive, Arizona head coach Lisa Oyen has promised to hold a roster spot and number until she is able to play.
Up Next: The Wildcats head to Oregon to take on the University of Oregon and Oregon State. Arizona matches up with Oregon on Friday, Oct. 19 at 7:00 p.m. at Pape’ Field in Eugene, OR. On Sunday, Oct. 21 the Wildcats travel to Corvallis, Ore. to take on the Oregon State Beavers at Paul Lorenz Field at Patrick Wayne Valley Stadium at 12:00 p.m.