Sept. 24, 2008
Wildcats Ranked No. 10
Arizona won its fifth game of the season last Friday night against the Michigan Wolverines, 1-0. Sophomore midfielder Karina Camacho connected on a feed from fellow sophomore midfielder LEILA AMINI. Heading the ball into the net gave Camacho her third of the season and the Cats, their first overtime victory.
On Sunday afternoon, the Wildcats squared off against the Cal State Northridge Matadors. Down 1-0 at halftime, Arizona came into the second half looking like a different team. Four minutes in, freshman defender AMY STEINER crossed the ball in front of the right side of the goal where senior forward BRIANNA CACERES delivered an assist to fellow senior forward LONDON KING. King knotted the game up at one while netting her third goal of the season.
At the end of regulation, the teams remained tied. A pair of red card ejections forced each team to play a player down, with UA losing its captain, senior forward SALLY THURNER. With a scoreless overtime, the Wildcats proceeded to enter a second overtime, their second double overtime of the season.
After an impressive deflection by junior goalkeeper Chelsea McIntyre, Northridge responded by kicking into a wide open net. Camacho, covering for McIntyre, delivered with an uncharted save. With a majority of the Matadors playing offense, McIntyre was able to kick the ball past all but one defender’s head. That defender was unable to catch freshman forward RENAE CUELLAR who netted the game winner in the 105th minute. Cuellar leads the team with five goals in seven games.
Arizona’s play has moved the Cats into a tie with the University of Washington and California for 10th in the NSCAA/adidas West Regional Rakings for the week of Sept. 23, 2008. Tucson native Karina Camacho was named to the Soccer Buzz Elite Team of the Week for her weekend performance.
Arizona improves to a 6-2-0 record and moves into this weekend to take on Long Beach State on Friday and UC Santa Barbara at 5 p.m. on Sunday. The Cats will host both games at Mulcahy Stadium.
Friday, September 26 – vs. Cal State Long Beach, 7 p.m. MST
Sunday, September 28 – vs. UC Santa Barbara, 5 p.m. MST
Noting the Opponent
Long Beach State
Long Beach State will come to Tucson with a 5-2-2 record, 2-1-0 on the road. Leading Long Beach State is sophomore midfielder Lindsay Bullock, with five goals on 20 shot attempts
With four years has head coach, Mauricio Ingrassia has led the 49ers to an impressive 45-26-7 record. In the last two years, the 49ers have gone 27-12-1 overall and 11-3-1 in the Big West. The 49ers are coming off of their second consecutive Big West title.
UC Santa Barbara
The Gauchos are now 6-3-0 overall, 2-2-0 on the road. Sophomore utility player Kailyn Kugler leads the team with three goals and four assists. Tafoya appeared in 11 matches for Northridge, making eight starts. Kugler was named Big West Freshman of the Year last season.
Paul Stumpf is in his tenth season as the head coach of the UC Santa Barbara women's soccer program. Stumpf is 87-69-21 overall and his league record is 45-24-6. The 87 victories by a Gaucho women's coach are the second most in school history.