Oct. 7, 2009
Arizona at UCLA
7:00 p.m. | Friday, Oct. 9
Los Angeles, Calif.
Arizona at USC
1:00 p.m. | Sunday, Oct. 11
Los Angeles, Calif.
TUCSON--The Arizona soccer squad will head back on the road this weekend to start of Pac-10 play in Los Angeles.
Friday, the Wildcats (3-7-1) will go up against UCLA at 7pm, and on Sunday, the Cats will head across town to take on USC at 1pm. For Friday's match, UCLA will have free internet radio available here.
Last weekend, Arizona finished off conference play at home against Loyola Marymount University. The Cats lost 2-1, with freshman Brittany Berger earning her first collegiate start along with the Wildcats' only goal of the game. Arizona out-shot LMU 12-8, and sophomore Ashley Jett, who was in the net for RS senior Devon Wharf, made two saves.
At the end of the first half, red-shirt junior Macke Mutz, and LMU's Erin Rementer were given a red cards and ejected from the game due to unsportsmanlike actions. Mutz will be unavilable for Friday's match against UCLA, but will be available for Sunday's match against USC.
About the Bruins: UCLA is currently 9-1-1, earning their ninth win with a 2-0 road victory over Pepperdine. Sophomore Sydney Leroux leads the bruins with eleven goals on the season, and red-shirt sophomore GK Chante Sandiford is ranked seventh in the nation of 0.421 goals against average. The Bruins currently have the second largest win streak in the conference at 9 games.
About the Trojans: USC, currently 8-3, started the season 1-3, and hasn't lost a game since their September 6 loss to Ohio State. The Trojans finished off their non-conference schedule with a 4-0 win over No. 25 San Diego. USC will kick off conference play Friday against Arizona State at 3 pm.
All about the freshmen and sophomores: The Wildcat freshman and sophomores outnumber the juniors and seniors 12-8, with Alex Smith, Brittany Berger, Amy Steiner, Kristin Strother, Renae Cuellar, Karli Hedlund, Itzel Rodriguez, Jessica Culver, Ariel Boulicault, Kristin Magyar, Kat Leibbrandt, and Susan Melendez participating in the seasons' opening matches.
Head Coach Dan Tobias: Dan Tobias led his team to a 9-11 record in 2008, giving him a 55-59-8 record in his six years at Arizona. Tobias coached the Wildcats to the program's first appearance in the Sweet 16 in 2005. In 2004, Tobias led the Wildcats to a 15-6 overall record. Additionally, his 6-3 Pac-10 record gave Arizona its first Pac-10 championship in history of the program and was named Pac-10 Coach of the Year for the second time.
Next Up: The Wildcats are slated to return home next week to take on Washington and Washington State. The 7pm match on October 16 against Washington will be Kick for the Cure night, and all breast cancer survivors will receive $1 admission. Sunday's match against Washington State is slated for 1pm.