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Soccer Faces Oregon Schools in Final Regular Season Home Series
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 10/28/2003
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Oct. 28, 2003

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WHAT'S HAPPENING: The University of Arizona women's soccer team (5-8-2 overall, 1-3-1 Pac-10) will play its final home series of the regular season this weekend against the Oregon schools. The Wildcats will take on Oregon State on Friday, Oct. 31, at 7 p.m., then Arizona faces Oregon on Sunday, Nov. 2, at 1 p.m. Both contests will be played at Murphey Stadium, located at 15th Street and Plumer Avenue. Admission is free.

CELEBRATING SENIOR DAY: Prior to the Oregon game on Sunday, the Wildcats will honor the only senior on this year's team, defender Lindsey Greenwood.

ABOUT ARIZONA: Coming off a split in Los Angeles over the weekend, the Wildcats are 5-8-2 overall and 1-3-1 in Pac-10 play. Arizona edged USC, 1-0, on Oct. 24, ending an eight-game losing skid to the Trojans, but the Cats didn't fare as well against third-ranked UCLA, losing 4-0 on Oct. 26.

The Cats need to win just one more contest to match last season's victory total of six. Arizona has already equalled last year's conference win total and is guaranteed to finish with a better Pac-10 winning percentage than last season, which was .111 on a 1-8-0 mark.

With six goals and two assists (14 points) each, sophomore midfielder Mallory Miller and junior forward Candice Wilks are tied for the Wildcat scoring lead. Freshman midfielder Erin Bevacqua is third, with three goals (six points), followed closely by junior midfielder Vanesha Bailey with two goals and one assist (five points).

Miller leads the squad with 45 shots on the season, including a team-best 18 shots on-goal. Wilks is second with 30 shots, 16 on-goal, followed by sophomore midfielder Lisa Kosena with 24 shots.

Sophomore goalkeeper Natalie Juarez has started 12 games this season, registering 48 saves, two shutouts and a 1.59 goals-against average in 893 minutes of play. Junior keeper Krystal Werges has seen action in six matches, tallying seven saves, one shutout and a 1.99 GA average in 317 minutes.

ABOUT OREGON STATE: The Beavers are 6-8-2 overall and 2-2-1 in Pac-10 play after a split with the Bay Area schools over the weekend. Oregon State lost to California, 3-2, on Oct. 24, but they recovered to slip past defending Pac-10 champion Stanford, 1-0, on Oct. 26.

With nine goals and three assists (21 points), sophomore forward Tessa Baker leads OSU in scoring. Fellow sophomore Brianna Monka is second with five goals and two assists (12 points), followed by junior midfielder Janelle Joy (4 goals, 1 assist) and sophomore forward Stacey Mescher (3 goals, 3 assists) with nine points apiece. Freshman goalkeeper Melissa Onstad has seen the majority of action in-goal for the Beavers, logging 86 saves, four shutouts and a 1.35 goals-against average in 1334 minutes of play.

In his sixth season at the helm of the Oregon State program, head coach Steve Fennah (Sheffield Hallamshire, 1989) holds a 45-61-10 record with the Beavers.

THE SERIES vs. OREGON STATE: The Beavers have a narrow 4-3-1 lead in the series with Arizona, including a 5-0 win over the Wildcats in Corvallis last season. The Wildcats last defeated OSU on Oct. 21, 2001, a 2-1 overtime victory in Tucson.

LAST MEETING WITH OREGON STATE: The Wildcats were shutout, 5-0, by Oregon State on Oct. 27, 2002, in Corvallis.

OSU out-shot Arizona, 13-4, in the first half and scored two goals in the first 18 minutes of action. The Beavers put another goal on the board with less than two minutes remaining in the period and led 3-0 at the break.

The Wildcats stepped up offensively in the second half and out-shot the Beavers, 12-8, for the period but just couldn't find the back of the net. OSU put up two more tallies in the final 13 minutes of the game to win, 5-0.

Oregon State had a 21-16 advantage in shots for the game and led the Cats in shots on-goal, 11-8. Kelly Nelson led Arizona with four shots, including one on-goal. Mallory Miller and Courtney Moseley had three shots each, with Miller registering a team-high three shots on-goal. Candice Wilks contributed two shots as well.

Goalkeeper Natalie Juarez started the match and played nearly 82 minutes, allowing four goals and making four saves. Amanda Martin came in for the final eight minutes of the match, giving up one goal and making one save.

ABOUT OREGON: The Ducks are 8-7-0 overall and 2-3-0 in Pac-10 action. They, too, earned a split with the Bay Area schools last weekend, falling to Stanford (3-1) then defeating California (2-0) to end a three-game losing skid. Oregon will play at Arizona State on Friday before heading to Tucson for the match with the Wildcats on Sunday.

Sophomore forward Nicole Garbin leads Oregon in scoring, with five goals and six assists (16 points). Freshman forward Andrea Valadez is second with four goals and four assists (12 points), followed by sophomore forward Mele French with four goals and one assist (nine points). Sophomore goalkeeper Domenique Lainez has started all 16 matches in-goal for the Ducks, registering 74 saves, two shutouts and a 1.83 goals-against average in 1430 minutes of action.

Oregon head coach Bill Steffen (SUNY-Albany) is 45-90-11 in eight seasons with the Ducks.

THE SERIES vs. OREGON: The Ducks have a solid 4-1-1 lead in the series with Arizona, including a 3-2 win over the Cats in Eugene last year. Arizona's only victory in the series was a 2-1 edging on Oct. 19, 2001, in Tucson.

LAST MEETING WITH OREGON: Despite scoring two goals early in the second half, Arizona fell to Oregon, 3-2, in Eugene on Oct. 25, 2002.

Oregon out-shot Arizona, 4-2, in the first half, but the contest was still scoreless at the break. Less than two minutes into the second half, Kelly Nelson broke the shutout with her 11th goal of the season, assisted by Lindsey Greenwood.

At 55:58, then-senior Naomi Chu put the Cats ahead, 2-0, off a double-assist by Jennifer Klein and Althea Jones. The Cats' lead didn't last for long, however. In the 67th minute, Oregon's Sarah Denner sent a header into the back of the net, then teammate Arlene Tuttle tied the game just seven minutes later. In the 82nd minute, it was Tuttle who won the game for the Ducks, with her shot from 10 yards center.

The Ducks finished the match with an 11-6 edge in shots and a 9-5 advantage in shots on-goal. Goalkeeper Natalie Juarez had six saves for the Cats.

ARIZONA'S LAST TIME OUT: For the first time in school history, the Wildcats earned a split in Los Angeles last weekend.

A 25-yard direct kick Mallory Miller was all Arizona needed to defeat USC, 1-0, on Oct. 24. The win ended a six-game winless streak for the Cats and marked Arizona's first victory over the Trojans in eight years. This is also the second year in a row that the Wildcats have defeated a squad ranked in the Soccer America Top 25, as the Trojans were No. 19 in that poll last week.

USC had an 11-6 advantage over Arizona in shots during the first half of the game, but Miller's long free kick at 18:26 proved to be the only shot the Cats really needed. Arizona did get the upper hand in shots during the second period, 5-3, but neither team scored.

USC out-shot the Wildcats, 14-11, for the game and had a 7-6 edge in shots on-goal. Miller and Lisa Kosena logged team bests of three shots apiece, while Kosena had a team-high two shots on-goal. Five other Wildcats took one shot apiece. Goalkeeper Natalie Juarez tallied seven saves on her way to her second complete-game shutout of the season.

The Wildcats didn't fare quite as well against No. 3 UCLA on Sunday, as they were shut out, 4-0. UCLA went up 2-0 in the first 17 minutes of the game off a goal by Iris Mora at 12:56 and a penalty kick by Whitney Jones at 16:40. The Wildcats had two good chances in the first half, when Candice Wilks got behind the Bruin defense, but they couldn't convert. UCLA out-shot Arizona, 10-3, for the period and took its 2-0 lead into the break.

Bristyn Davis made the score 3-0 for the Bruins in the 60th minute, and Kim Devine capped the win with a fourth strike with just 42 seconds left in the match.

The Bruins out-shot the Cats, 22-6, for the game and had an 11-4 edge in shots on-goal. Freshman forward Lauren Winters logged a team-best two shots, both on-goal, for Arizona. Mallory Miller, Candice Wilks, Kelly Nelson and Erin Bevacqua had one shot each for the Cats. Goalkeeper Natalie Juarez played all 90 minutes in-goal for the UA, tallying seven saves.

LOOKING AHEAD: Arizona heads for the Pacific Northwest next weekend to close the 2003 season at the Washington schools. The Cats play at Washington State on Friday, Nov. 7, at 2 p.m. PST, then Arizona takes on Washington on Sunday, Nov. 9, at 1 p.m. PST, in Seattle.

ARIZONA HEAD COACH Dan Tobias: First-year head coach Dan Tobias (Cal Poly, 1987) is 5-8-2 with the Wildcats. He holds a career record of 49-53-8 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 Pomona, 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.

CATS SET NEW CORNER KICKS MARK: With four matches left in the 2003 season, Arizona has already set a new school record for single-season corner kicks, with 104 on the year. The Wildcats broke the old record of 97 set by the 2002 squad.

BACK TO HER OLD FORM: Junior forward Candice Wilks has either scored or assisted eight of Arizona's 20 goals so far this season. With such production, it appears as though she's back to the form of her freshman year (2001), when she was the Cats' top scorer with eight goals and three assists (19 points). Playing primarily in the midfield last year, Wilks registered just two assists for the season.

KEEP SHOOTING: The Wildcats have out-shot their opponents, 217-162, for the season. That means the Cats are taking an average of almost five more shots per game than their opponents.

Arizona also has an enormous 104-39 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... 5-1-2 when tied or leading at the half... 3-2-0 when scoring two goals or more... 5-0-2 when giving up just one goal or less.

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 five matches this year in which they have scored more than one goal. Over the 10 years of Wildcat soccer, the UA has a 41-23-2 record when scoring two goals or more.

CLOSE BUT...: The outcome of 10 of the Wildcats' 15 games so far this season has been decided by one goal or less. In the 10-year history of the Arizona soccer program, 78 matches have been decided by that one-goal-or-less differential.

TOUGH SCHEDULE: Six 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, and Washington is No. 14. The Soccer America Top 25 has UCLA at No. 4 and Washington at No. 18. In the Soccer Buzz Magazine Top 25, UCLA is holding down the No. 4 spot, and Washington is No. 24. In the SoccerTimes.com Top 25, UCLA is No. 3, and Washington is No. 13. USC, Arizona State, Stanford and California received votes for ranking.

CURRENT CATS AMONG UA CAREER LEADERS: Junior forward Candice Wilks is third on the UA career list for total points (35), is tied for third in game-winning goals (3), tied for third in goals scored (14), tied for third in total shots (98), and is tied for fourth in assists (7).

Junior midfielder Vanesha Bailey is seventh in career assists (6), tied for seventh in total points (22), tied for eighth in games started (51) and is tied for ninth in goals scored (8). Sophomore midfielder Mallory Miller is fifth in total shots (92), is tied for third in game-winning goals (3), tied for eighth in assists (5) and tied for ninth in total goals (8).

Sophomore forward Kelly Nelson is fifth in career goals scored (13) and 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 career games started, with 51.

Sophomore goalkeeper Natalie Juarez is second in career goals-against average (2.16), fourth in goalkeeping minutes played (2044), fourth in saves (118) and fourth in solo shutouts (2).

THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME: The Wildcats have a 26-36-4 record in eight seasons playing on their home field, Murphey Stadium.

ON LOCATION: Arizona is 3-3-1 at home this year, 2-4-0 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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