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Release: 09/14/2011
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Sept. 14, 2011

Complete Cats Classic Schedule:
Texas Tech (4-3) vs. Arizona State (3-3)
Friday, Sept. 16 • 5:00 p.m. MST
Tucson, Arizona • Murphey Field at Mulcahy Stadium

Arizona (0-6) vs. Pacific (4-3)
Friday, Sept. 16 • 7:30 p.m. MST
Tucson, Arizona • Murphey Field at Mulcahy Stadium

Arizona State vs. Pacific
Sunday, Sept. 18 • 11 a.m. MST
Tucson, Arizona • Murphey Field at Mulcahy Stadium

Arizona vs. Texas Tech
Sunday, Sept. 18 • 6 p.m. MST
Tucson, Arizona • Murphey Field at Mulcahy Stadium

TUCSON, Ariz. -University of Arizona Wildcat women's soccer team returns home this weekend to host the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort Cats Classic, hosting Arizona State, Pacific and Texas Tech in its last two non-conference games. Arizona will face Pacific on Friday, September 16 at 7:30 p.m. following Arizona State's match against Texas Tech at 5 p.m. On Sunday, Arizona State and. Pacific will start the day off with an 11 a.m. start, followed by the match between Arizona and Texas Tech at 6 p.m. on Murphey Field at Mulachy Stadium.

Last Time Out: Last week, Arizona (0-6-0) traveled up I-10 to Tempe to participate in the Sun Devil Desert Classic, hosted by Arizona State. Arizona faced Missouri on Friday, and lost 1-0 due to a late Tiger goal in the 75th. Keeper Ashley Jetthad six saves on the day, and both squads were even in on-goal shot attempts at seven apiece.

Sunday, the Wildcats faced off against Oklahoma, and in the 4-2 loss, ended a 950-plus minute scoring drought with a pair of goals. Freshman LeeAndra Smith scored the first goal in the 45th minute, assisted by junior Alex Smith, and fellow freshman Brie DeFelice followed late in the final minute of action with a goal of her own, assisted by Julia Glanz. Smith, and sophomore Gabrielle Lindeman were named to the Sun Devil Desert Classic All-Tournament Team.

Noting the Tigers: Last time out, Pacific (4-3-0) hosted UNLV and Cal State Bakersfield, and shut out both teams to extend its win streak to three games. Against UNLV, the Tigers scored in the 10th and 44th minutes of action, by Alex Topp and Pernille Schulze-Larson respectively. Keeper Tashia Long had four saves in the 2-0 win. Against Cal State Bakersfield, Pacific scored a trio of goals late in the first half, and another in the 69th minute for the 4-0 victory. Long added another three saves in the squad's third straight shutout.

Noting the Red Raiders: Texas Tech (4-3-0) hosted Hofstra and Toledo last week at the Red Raider Classic last weekend. In the overtime loss against Hofstra, both sides scored in the first half, Hofstra in the 20th, and Texas Tech in the 25th. A goal-less second half forced an overtime period where Hofstra took the match in the 98th minute on a penalty kick. With the loss, Texas Tech out-shot Hofstra 30-18. Sunday, the Red Raiders shut out Toledo 3-0. Two Texas Tech goals came in the first half, while the last was in the 56th, by Sarah Ellison. On the day, the Red Raiders out-shot Toledo 12-4.

About the Cats: Arizona enters the 2011 season with eight returning starters and high expectations following a 5-13-2 campaign a season ago ... The Wildcats return players with 234 combined starts in their collegiate careers ... Forward Renae Cuellar, who scored six goals and had three assists in the first six games of 2010, returns after missing the final 14 matches due to a knee injury ... Senior goalkeeper Ashley Jettreturns after playing every minute in goal over the course of the final 18 matches last season ... Several of the UA's seven freshmen could make their collegiate debuts this weekend.

Welcome to the Show: This season, four freshmen made their collegiate debuts at Arizona. LeeAndra Smith earned a start in her first career game against San Diego State, while Julia Glanz and Emily Lai made appearances as reserves. Glanz made her first collegiate start two days later against Pepperdine, and Desiree Bramlette saw her first action as a Wildcat off the bench against the Waves. Against Pepperdine, Lai and Glanz each registered their first shot attempts. At Brigham Young, Brie DeFelicecame off the bench and recorded one on-goal shot attempt.

Head Coach Lisa Oyen: Lisa Oyenenters her second full season as head coach of the Arizona women's soccer program. In her two seasons at the helm, Oyen has provided stability to the program that is seeking its first winning season 2005. She has improved talent, depth and skill on the roster, and revitalized the Wildcats' recruiting efforts. Her 2010 team - her first full year in charge - was hit hard by injury and illness, but showed its toughness and resilience in a 5-13-2 campaign. Oyen served as a co-interim head coach for the final seven games of 2009, before being named the head coach after the season. She has a career coaching record of 6-19-2 counting all 27 games she has been a head coach or co-interim head coach. Prior to becoming a head coach, she served as an assistant at the school for seven seasons.

Filling up the Stat Sheet: Despite playing just six of 20 games, Cuellar posted team-leading figures in most of the major stat categories: goals (6), points (15) and shot percentage (.231). Cuellar didn't achieve the team lead in these categories by a small margin either; despite missing 14 games, her six goals doubled the number two goal-scorer on the squad, her 15 points were nine more than her closest competition and her .231 shot percentage was 55 points higher than the second highest percentage. Her one game-winning goal and three assists tied for the most on the team.

Jetting into the Record Books: Senior goalkeeper Ashley Jett recorded 104 saves in 2010, the most in the Pac-10. Arizona has had a rich history at her position; since 2001, seven UA goalkeepers have led the Pac-10 in saves. Her 104 saves are the second most in the conference since UA's Chelsea McIntyrestopped 109 shots on goal in 2006. For the 2011 season, Jett is second in the conference in saves with 30 and an average of 5.00 per game.

Up Next: The Wildcats will take to the road once again next week, to kick off the Pac-12 Conference schedule at Stanford. The Cats and Cardinal will face off on Saturday, September 24 at 7 p.m.

For complete results from the event and continued coverage of Arizona Wildcat women's soccer, visit ArizonaWildcats.com.

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