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Soccer Faces No. 24 Arizona State in Only Match This Week
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Release: 10/14/2003
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Oct. 14, 2003

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WHAT'S HAPPENING: The University of Arizona women's soccer team (4-7-1 overall, 0-2-0 Pac-10) wraps up a three-game homestand this weekend, facing rival Arizona State. On Saturday, Oct. 18, the Wildcats will take on the 24th-ranked Sun Devils at 7 p.m. in Murphey Stadium, located at 15th Street and Plumer Avenue. Admission is free.

ABOUT ARIZONA: With 4-7-1 overall and 0-2-0 Pac-10 records, the Wildcats are looking to end a four-game losing skid when they face the Sun Devils this weekend.

Junior forward Candice Wilks has once again regained the Wildcat scoring lead, with six goals and one assist (13 points). Sophomore midfielder Mallory Miller is a close second with 12 points off five goals and two assists. Freshman midfielder Erin Bevacqua is third in scoring, with three goals (six points).

Miller leads the squad with 38 shots on the season, including a team-best 17 shots on-goal. Wilks is second with 20 shots, 11 on-goal, followed by sophomore midfielder Lisa Kosena with 19 shots.

Sophomore goalkeeper Natalie Juarez has started nine games this season, registering 29 saves, one shutout and a 1.61 goals-against average in 783 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.

CATS ON PACE TO SET NEW CORNER KICKS MARK: With seven matches left in the 2003 season, Arizona is already close to setting a new school record for single-season corner kicks. The Wildcats have amassed 91 corners already this year, just six from tying the school record of 97 set by the 2002 team.

ABOUT ARIZONA STATE: With five wins in their last seven games, the Sun Devils are 8-2-2 overall and 2-0-0 in Pac-10 play after sweeping then-No. 21 California (3-2) and Stanford (1-0) at home last weekend. Arizona State is ranked No. 24 in both the NSCAA Coaches Poll and the Soccer America Top 25 this week.

With seven goals and four assists (18 points), sophomore midfielder Brittany Cooper leads ASU in scoring. Sophomore forward Elizabeth Bogus is second with five goals and one assist (11 points), followed closely by freshman Courtney Crane with three goals and four assists (10 points). Junior goalkeeper Kelly Fitzgerald has seen the majority of action in-goal for the Sun Devils, collecting 39 saves, four shutouts and a 0.68 goals-against average in 923 minutes of play.

In his third season at the helm of the ASU program, head coach Ray Leone (UNC Charlotte, 1985) holds a 30-17-5 record with the Sun Devils. He is 178-82-18 in 14 years as a head coach.

THE SERIES vs. ARIZONA STATE: The Sun Devils have a perfect 8-0-0 record in the series with the Wildcats, including a 3-1 win over the UA in Tempe last season.

LAST MEETING WITH ARIZONA STATE: In the Pac-10 opener for both teams, Arizona fell to Arizona State, 3-1, in Tempe on Oct. 11, 2002.

Sun Devil Amy LePeilbet started off the scoring in the 18th minute, assisted by Stephanie Peel. Leading scorer Elizabeth Bogus sent ASU ahead, 2-0, at 31:39 with a shot set up by Haley Stein.

In the 53rd minute, then-freshman Kelly Nelson broke the shutout for Arizona with a five-yard shot from the right side. Fellow freshman Lisa Kosena was credited with the assist. Arizona State capped the win just over a minute-and-a-half later, with a goal from Brittany Cooper.

Late in the game, the Wildcats looked like they had scored again off a corner kick, but the goal was disallowed. The ball was ruled to have crossed out-of-bounds before it was put into the net, as it hit the top of the crossbar before rebounding into the goal area.

Arizona State out-shot the Wildcats, 17-8, for the match and had an 11-5 advantage in shots on-goal. Mallory Miller had a team-high three shots, with two on-goal, for Arizona. Candice Wilks registered two shots, both on-goal, and Lisa Kosena had a pair of shots as well. Kelly Nelson needed just the one shot to score. Goalkeeper Natalie Juarez played the entire match in-goal for Arizona, tallying seven saves.

ARIZONA'S LAST TIME OUT: The Wildcats were swept at home by the Bay Area schools to open Pac-10 play last weekend.

A hat trick from Stanford's Allyson Marquand proved to be the undoing of the Wildcats as they lost to the defending Pac-10 champion, 3-2, at home in the Pac-10 opener for both squads on Oct. 12.

The scoring started early as the Wildcats came out on fire. In the 10th minute, Candice Wilks carried the ball up-field for nearly 30 yards, dribbling through the Stanford defense to send the ball past Cardinal goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart on the right side.

Five minutes later, Marquand scored the equalizer with a rocket from 25 yards out. The Wildcats nearly regained the lead with just 1:08 left in the first, when Wilks drilled a shot to the far post, forcing Barnhart to perform an acrobatic save to her left in order to stop the ball. The two teams were tied, 1-1, at the break.

Wilks struck early again for the Wildcats in the second half. A Stanford defender had possession of the ball near the Cardinal goal, when Wilks stripped her of the ball and zipped in to score at the goal mouth in the 48th minute.

Arizona's lead didn't last for long because Marquand answered again just 54 seconds later with her own carry through the Wildcat defense to score the equalizer. The Cats held the Cardinal off for another 16 minutes, then Marquand struck for her third goal of the match at 64:47.

Stanford out-shot the Wildcats, 18-7, for the game and had an 8-4 edge in shots on-goal. Wilks led the Cats with a trio of shots, all on-goal. Goalkeeper Natalie Juarez played the majority of minutes in-goal for Arizona, registering five saves. Arizona's two goals on the night marked the first time since the 1999 season that the Wildcats were able to score on the Cardinal defense.

Playing its first nationally ranked opponent of the season, Arizona was shut out by 21st-ranked California, 3-0, at home on Oct. 12.

Kimberly Yokers put Cal on the board first in the 12th minute, off a cross by Nadia Al-Lami. Teammate Bri Wiles made the score 2-0 with less than three minutes left in the half.

Arizona wasn't without its chances in the first half -- the Wildcats out-shot the Golden Bears, 9-7, for the period. In the 17th minute, Erin Bevacqua put pressure on a Cal defender and was able to steal the ball, but her point-blank shot just in front of the goal was stopped by Cal goalkeeper Anna Key, who finished the day with five saves.

Mallory Miller had a pair of solid opportunities in the first half herself. In the 21st minute, her direct kick from 30 yards out was stifled by Key, and another shot launched from 40 yards out in the 32nd minute was stopped as well.

The Wildcats had two more legitimate chances early in the second half. Less than five minutes into the period, a header by Lauren Winters was saved by Key. Jennifer Klein had the Cats' final shot on-goal in the game, when her header at 59:47 was punched out by Key just before going into the goal. Arizona out-shot Cal, 6-5, in the second half.

California's Katie Ratican, who finished the day with a game-high four shots on-goal, iced the win for the Golden Bears in the 70th minute by dropping in a direct kick from the left side.

The Cats had a 15-12 advantage in shots for the game, but Cal had the 9-5 edge in shots on-goal. Miller, Winters and Lisa Kosena finished the match with three shots apiece for Arizona. Goalkeeper Natalie Juarez tallied five saves while playing all 90 minutes in-goal for the Cats.

LOOKING AHEAD: Arizona hits the road again next weekend, this time heading for Los Angeles. The Wildcats will play at USC on Friday, Oct. 4, at 3 p.m., then they take on UCLA on Sunday, Oct. 26, at 1 p.m. PST. After that, the Wildcats return to Tucson for their final home games of the season. The Cats will face Oregon State on Friday, Oct. 31, at 7 p.m., and they close their home slate against Oregon on Sunday, Nov. 2, at 1 p.m.

Arizona wraps up the 2003 season at Washington State and Washington on Nov. 7 and Nov. 9, respectively.

ARIZONA HEAD COACH Dan Tobias: First-year head coach Dan Tobias (Cal Poly, 1987) is 4-7-1 with the Wildcats. He holds a career record of 48-52-7 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, 177-112, for the season. That means the Cats are taking an average of almost six more shots per game than their opponents.

Arizona also has an enormous 91-26 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... 4-1-1 when tied or leading at the half... 3-2-0 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, 14-8, in the first half during this season's matches. However, Arizona has out-scored its opponents, 10-7, 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 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 eight of the Wildcats' 12 games so far this season has been decided by one goal or less. In the 10-year history of the Arizona soccer program, 76 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. 10, and Arizona State is No. 24.

In the Soccer America Top 25, UCLA stands at No. 3, Washington is No. 13, USC is No. 18, and Arizona State is No. 24.

In the Soccer Buzz Magazine Top 25, UCLA is holding down the No. 3 spot, Washington is No. 13, Arizona State is No. 19, and California is No. 23.

In the SoccerTimes.com Top 25, UCLA is No. 3, Washington is No. 12, Arizona State is No. 15, California is No. 21, and USC is No. 22.

CURRENT CATS AMONG UA CAREER LEADERS: Junior forward Candice Wilks is third on the UA career list for total points (34), is tied for third in game-winning goals (3), tied for third in goals scored (14), is fourth in total shots (88), 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), is ninth in games started (48) and is tied for ninth in goals scored (8). Sophomore midfielder Mallory Miller is fifth in total shots (85), is tied for sixth in game-winning goals (2) and tied for eighth in assists (5).

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 eighth in career games started, with 49.

Sophomore goalkeeper Natalie Juarez is second in career goals-against average (2.26), fourth in goalkeeping minutes played (1754) and fourth in saves (99).

THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME: The Wildcats have a 26-36-3 record in eight seasons playing on their home field, Murphey Stadium.

ON LOCATION: Arizona is 3-3-0 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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