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Arizona Soccer Plays Host to Wildcat Invitational This Week
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Release: 08/27/2002
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Aug. 27, 2002

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WHAT'S HAPPENING: The University of Arizona women's soccer team (0-0-0 overall) will play host to Cal Poly, Detroit and Drake this weekend for the Wildcat Invitational. On Friday, Aug. 30, Cal Poly and Detroit will kick things off at 5 p.m., followed by Arizona and Drake at 7:30 p.m. The second day of action will be on Sunday, Sept. 1, with Drake taking on Detroit at 11 a.m., then Arizona plays Cal Poly at 2 p.m. All four matches will take place at Murphey Stadium (15th Street and Plumer Avenue).

SCOUTING ARIZONA: This year's Wildcat roster sports a total of 18 freshmen and sophomores, as opposed to only four juniors and seniors. The Cats return eight letterwinners, including six starters, from last season's 5-12-1 team. Included in that total are the year's top three scorers, who accounted for 60% of the offense on a squad that set a new school record for single season scoring. Adding to that mix will be a pair of redshirt freshmen, 10 true freshmen and two transfers.

Headlining the list of returnees are senior midfielder Naomi Chu (Thousand Oaks, Calif./Westlake HS), senior defender Tymarie Novak (Orange, Calif./Rosary Catholic HS), sophomore defender Lindsey Peeples (Arcadia, Calif. HS), sophomore forward Candice Wilks (Altadena, Calif./LaSalle HS) and sophomore Vanesha Bailey (Las Vegas, Nev./Cimarron-Memorial HS), who has been moved from the front to the backfield this season.

Wilks was Arizona's top scorer as a freshman last year, tallying eight goals and three assists (19 points) while starting all 18 matches. Bailey was second on the scoring chart with six goals and a team-high five assists (17 points), followed by sophomore Cassie Daniels' four goals and four assists (12 points). Daniels is redshirting this year after tearing her ACL during spring play.

A big question mark for the Cats is who the starting goalkeeper will be this fall. Redshirt freshman Natalie Juarez (Claremont, Calif. HS) transferred to the UA from UC Riverside, where she sat out the remainder of last year after breaking her leg in her third appearance of the season. The other candidate is true freshman Amanda Martin (Franklin, Tenn. HS), who was a three-time All-Tennessee selection during her career and tallied 13 shutouts as a senior last year.

SCOUTING DRAKE: A first-year women's soccer program, Drake is starting everything from scratch this year with first-year head coach Corbin Stone (Augustana [Ill.], 1989) at the reins.

The Bulldogs were shutout, 4-0, by visiting Nebraska-Omaha in an exhibition game at home last Saturday. Freshman goalkeeper Kate Stack had seven saves while playing all 90 minutes in the nets for Drake, and rookie midfielder Andrea Schmitz notched a team-high four shots.

SCOUTING CAL POLY: Eighteen letterwinners and nine starters return for Cal Poly from last year's 7-9-4 club that finished fourth in the Big West with a 4-3-2 conference mark.

Senior forward Megan Schlegel was Cal Poly's top scorer last season, racking up 93 shots, six goals and two assists (14 points). Other key returnees include sophomore midfielder Megan Gurney (1 goal, 3 assists, 5 points) and senior defender Brooke Flamson (1 goal, 2 points).

Head coach Alex Crozier (Cal Poly, 1984) is entering his 11th season at the helm of his alma mater's program, sporting a 121-63-15 mark with the Mustangs.

THE SERIES vs. CAL POLY: Cal Poly won the only previous meeting with Arizona, 5-1, on Oct. 14, 1995, in a neutral contest played in San Diego, Calif.

SCOUTING DETROIT: The Titans wrapped up the 2001 season with an 8-11-0 overall mark and finished tied for third in the Horizon League with a 3-3-0 conference record. Fourteen letterwinners, including nine starters, return for UDM this year.

Senior midfielder Tanya Tiselj is Detroit's top returning scorer. She was second on the team last year with seven goals and five assists (19 points). Also returning is the team's third-leading scorer last year, sophomore midfielder Judith Atwood, who had four goals and three assists (11 points). Sophomore goalkeeper Alisson Dube played every minute in the nets for the Titans last season, notching 94 saves, five shutouts and a 1.89 goals-against average.

In his 10th year with the Titans, head coach Mike Lupenec (Oakland, 1986) holds a 90-79-4 record at Detroit.

LAST TIME OUT: Playing a match of three 30-minute periods, Arizona fell to Texas-El Paso, 6-2, in an exhibition game at home last Thursday night.

The Cats' prospects looked good early on, as sophomore defender Lindsey Peeples connected on a header from a corner kick by freshman midfielder Jennifer Klein (Prescott, Ariz. HS) in the sixth minute. Nine minutes later, UTEP tied the score at 1-1, then went ahead by one just six minutes after that.

Junior transfer Lindsey Greenwood (Bettendorf, Iowa/Pleasant ValleyHS) evened the score for the Wildcats in the 41st minute, sending a shot over the UTEP goalkeeper's head from about 15 yards out. Jennifer Klein was credited with the assist on this goal as well, with her free kick setting up Greenwood's tally.

Arizona held UTEP off for another 20 minutes, then the Miners began a scoring barrage, notching four goals in a 13-minute period. As a team, Arizona had the 13-10 edge in shots for the match, although UTEP had eight shots on-goal versus the UA's seven.

Lindsey Greenwood finished the contest with a team-best three shots on-goal for Arizona. All three of her attempts were right on the money, but the final two were stifled by UTEP's goalkeepers. Freshman Mallory Miller (Tucson, Ariz./Salpointe Catholic HS) also had three shots, while fellow freshman Lisa Kosena (Englewood, Colo./Cherry Creek HS) had two shots.

WILDCAT RECRUITING CLASS RANKED AMONG BEST IN REGION: The 2002 UA women's soccer recruiting class has been ranked 17th in the West Region by Soccer Buzz Magazine. That's outstanding when you consider the caliber of women's soccer programs in this region. Every Pac-10 school's recruiting class made the regional top 20 list.

CATS LOSE LIZ BARTLETT: Due to chronic illness, junior forward Liz Bartlett (Dove Canyon, Calif./Santa Margarita Catholic HS) has decided to take a permanent medical hardship and will no longer be playing for the Wildcats. She will, however, still participate in the team's community service projects.

After being one of the UA's top scorers in each of her first two seasons, Bartlett finishes her career as Arizona's fifth-leading scorer all time. She started all 36 of the matches she played in and missed only two matches in her two seasons at the UA. Bartlett collected 76 shots, 10 goals and two assists (22 points) during her brief Arizona career.

LOOKING AHEAD: After the two opening dates at home, the Wildcats will play five of their next six matches away from Tucson. The Cats will hit the road for the first time next weekend, playing at the Iowa State Cyclone Classic. Arizona will face Wisconsin on Friday, Sept. 6, at 2 p.m. CDT and then will play Northern Iowa on Sunday, Sept. 8, at 11 a.m. CDT.

The Cats remain on the road the following weekend, playing at Oklahoma on Sunday, Sept. 15, at 1 p.m. CDT.

ARIZONA HEAD COACH CATHY KLEIN: Third-year head coach Cathy Klein (SUNY-Cortland, 1987) holds an 8-27-3 mark at the helm of the Arizona program. She has a Division I career record of 65-68-4 over six years and is 87-121-9 in 11 years as a head coach.

Klein was named as the Wildcats' new head coach in January, 2000. She came to the UA after a five-year stint building a new women's soccer program at Iowa State. In four varsity seasons with the Cyclones, Klein garnered a 43-37-1 mark. Before Iowa State, Klein was head coach at Creighton and Division III schools Earlham College and Utica College.

THE REST OF THE STAFF: In her third season at the UA, Melissa Estrada (Creighton, 1995) followed Cathy Klein from Iowa State, where Estrada was part of Klein's coaching staff for four years. She assists with recruiting and works with the field players.

Assistant coach Casey Mann (Grand View College, 1997) is in his second season with the Wildcats. His primary responsibility at the UA is coaching the goalkeepers.

ABOUT THE SCHEDULE: Ten home dates, including two tournaments, highlight the 2002 Arizona schedule. Of the 20 teams featured on this year's slate, eight competed in last season's NCAA tournament and six were either nationally ranked or receiving votes at the end of the 2001 season.

The Wildcats will officially kick off the 2002 season on Friday, Aug. 30, and Sunday, Sept. 1, playing host to Cal Poly, Detroit and Drake for the Wildcat Invitational. The following weekend, Cathy Klein heads back to Ames, Iowa, to take part in the Iowa State Tournament on Friday, Sept. 6, and Sunday, Sept. 8. The Wildcats will take on Wisconsin in the first game on Sept. 6, then they face Northern Iowa in Sunday's action.

Three of the Cats' next four games will be on the road, as they are scheduled to play at Oklahoma on Sept. 15, at home against San Diego on Sept. 22, then at Belmont (Sept. 27) and at Kentucky (Sept. 29). Arizona returns to Tucson for its second home tournament of the season, the Arizona Tournament, on Friday, Oct. 4, and Sunday, Oct. 6. Saint Louis, Idaho State and Youngstown State will visit the Old Pueblo for the tourney action.

Pac-10 play begins on Friday, Oct. 11, for the Wildcats as they head up to Tempe to take on rival Arizona State. A home weekend against UCLA (Oct. 18) and USC (Oct. 20) follows, then the UA goes north to play at Oregon (Oct. 25) and Oregon State (Oct. 27).

Arizona's final two home matches of the 2002 season will be against Washington (Nov. 1) and Washington State (Nov. 3). The Cats will end regular season action in the Bay Area, playing at California on Nov. 8 and at Stanford on Nov. 10.

2001 IN REVIEW: It was a team and a season dominated by Wildcat youngsters. Thirteen freshmen and sophomores played prominent roles for the 2001 Arizona women's soccer team, helping the Wildcats to 5-12-1 overall and 2-7-0 Pac-10 records. The Cats surpassed the 2000 season win total, and they had more Pac-10 wins than any team since 1997.

After a close 4-2 loss at then-No. 5 Nebraska to open the season on Aug. 31, the Wildcats returned home to post a perfect 3-0-1 mark, giving the team its best start ever. That stretch included an astounding 9-1 victory over Southern Utah on Sept. 9, a game in which the Cats set six school records.

A six-game road trip followed, with several close losses, then Arizona came back to Tucson for its first-ever sweep of the Oregon schools. Playing three nationally ranked teams in their final five matches, the Cats were again edged out of the victory column.

Arizona set or tied 23 school records during the season, including most goals in a season (30), most assists in a season (20), most total points (80) and most corner kicks (87). The Cats finished regular season play as the Pac-10 leader in saves (117).

INDIVIDUALLY FOR THE CATS: Three freshmen led the way for Arizona in scoring last season. Forward Candice Wilks racked up the highest individual goal total in six years when she tallied eight goals and three assists (19 points). Midfielder Vanesha Bailey was just one assist shy of the school record with her team-leading five dishes. She collected six goals and five assists for 17 points, finishing second on the scoring chart.

Rookie midfielder Cassie Daniels was third in scoring with four goals and four assists (12 points), and sophomore Liz Bartlett had five goals and one assist (11 points), the same line she posted in 2000.

In the nets, senior goalkeeper Shannon Monti played 1653 minutes, the second-highest single season minute total for any keeper in school history. She tallied 108 saves, a 2.07 goals against average and one shutout.

Wilks was the only player to earn all-conference honors, as she was named honorable mention All-Pac-10.

TOP SINGLE SEASON PERFORMANCES: Candice Wilks' eight goals was the third-highest single-season goal total in the program's history, and her 19 points tied for third on the single season points list. Wilks' 48 shots was also the eighth-highest single-season total ever.

Vanesha Bailey had five assists on the season, third on the single season top performances list and just one off the school record of six set in 1996 and tied in 1998. Bailey's six goals last year tied her for eighth on the single season top performances list in that category.

THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME: Murphey Stadium was very good to the Wildcats last year, as they garnered a best-ever 5-3-1 mark there during the season. The Cats out-scored opponents, 25-16, in home games last year and out-shot opponents, 167-133.

SCORING IN BUNCHES: Then-freshman forward Candice Wilks had eight goals last season, but she notched them all in only five games. She ran off three goals against Southern Utah on Sept. 7, 2001, dented the net twice against UNLV on Sept. 23, then had one goal each against Oregon (Oct. 19) and Oregon State (Oct. 21). She scored one goal in the season finale against Arizona State (Nov. 9).

CONSISTENT CONTRIBUTOR: Then-midfielder Vanesha Bailey scored or assisted at least one goal in 10 of last season's 18 matches.

ON LOCATION: The Wildcats were 5-3-1 at home last season, 0-9-0 on the road and 0-0-0 in neutral games.

TWICE IS NICE: Traditionally, the Cats have fared rather well when scoring two or more goals in a match. They scored two or more in eight of last season's 18 games and went 5-2-1 when doing so. Over the eight years of Wildcat soccer, the UA has a 33-19-2 record when scoring two goals or more.

CLOSE BUT...: The outcome of six of the Wildcats' 18 games last season were decided by one goal or less. In the eight-year history of the Arizona soccer program, 61 matches have been decided by that one-goal-or-less differential.

CAT SCRATCHES: Arizona had a 5-0 record last year when holding the opponent to one or fewer goals... The Cats were 3-0 when scoring three or more goals... They were also 4-0 when they out-shot their opponents.

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