Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Cats to wrap non-conference schedule
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: September 29, 2010
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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Sept. 29, 2010

Arizona vs. University of San Francisco
1 p.m. | Sunday, Oct. 3
Murphey Field at Mulcahy Stadium

TUCSON--The Arizona women's soccer team will host the University of San Francisco to finish off their non-conference schedule on Sunday, October 3 at 1 p.m. at Murphey Field at Mulcahy Stadium.

About the Dons: The University of San Francisco lost a pair of matches last week, and watched their record fall to 4-7. At UC Davis, the Dons went down 1-0 late in the first half, and could not equalize through the rest of the match. Hanna Haanes and Lauren Maris led the team with two shots on goal apiece. The Dons have been shut out in five straight matches. Last time the Dons were kept out of the goal this long was in the 2008 season where they were shut out seven times.

Last Week: Last weekend, the Wildcats traveled to Los Angeles for their final non-conference road match, against Loyola Marymount. Against the Lions, Arizona (3-5-2) was shut out for the second time this season, 2-0. Freshman Ana Montoya led the team with five shot attempts, followed by fellow freshman Jensen Skinner with three.

Three of Montoya's shot attempts were on goal. The Lions hit their first goal in the 18th minute of action, and followed with a second in the 43rd. The Lions out shot Arizona 9-3 in the first half, but the Wildcats came back with eleven attempts in the second half to end the game even with LMU at fourteen attempts each.

On Sunday, the Cats returned home to host the University of Utah. Both sides went scoreless in the first and second halves, forcing a sudden victory overtime. In the seventh minute of the overtime period, freshman Jazmin Ponce, took a feed from senior Alex Davis, and went one-on-one with Utah GK Cheyanne Mulcock before burying the ball in the far left corner of the net. Ponce's goal marks her first career game-winner. Ponce had three shot attempts for the night.

Sophomore Ariel Boulicault also took three shots, followed by senior Becky Barry with a pair of attempts. Skinner, and fellow freshman Shannon Heinzler, sophomores Kristyn Magyar and Kristin Strother, and senior Macke Mutz took shots for the Wildcats. Arizona out shot Utah 14 to 7, and had a 5-1 advantage in corner kicks.

Wildcat GK, junior Ashley Jett, who has improved to 3-3-2 in goal, had three saves in nearly 97 minutes of action in her first career shutout match.

Wildcat freshmen: Arizona boasts an extremely young team this season with the addition of twelve newcomers: Ana Montoya, Kenzie Akerfelds, Jessica Fitzgerald, Jensen Skinner, Jazmin Ponce, Gabrielle Lindeman, Shannon Heinzler, Samantha Cummings, MacKenzie Jaroch, Amy Olson, and goalkeepers Lorena Aragon and Jamie Wilkinson.

In the first seven matches of the season, six freshmen have been given nods to start, and another four have come in off the bench.

In the Top 100: Arizona has two freshmen named in the College Freshmen Top 100 Women rankings for the week of September 20: Jensen Skinner (57) and Jazmin Ponce (81).

Experience in the net: Junior Ashley Jett currently first in the Pac-10 Conference in saves, with 44, and leads the conference in saves per game, with an average of 5.50 saves. This season against Utah (Sept. 26), Jett earned her first career shutout in the 1-0 overtime victory.

Wildcat leaders: Leading the Arizona team this year are the three seniors, Alex Davis, Macke Mutz, and Becky Barry. Last season, Davis took 23 shots, second most on the team, and scored her first career goal against ASU (Oct. 23). Mutz notched 19 started at midfield last season, and developed in to one of Arizona's top team leaders on and off the field. Barry struggled with injures last season, and only appeared in 9 games. She will bring solid leadership to the defensive end of the program.

Challenging Schedule: The Wildcats have a challenging schedule in the 2010 season, facing very strong conference who has received nods from the NSCAA Soccer Rankings: 1-Stanford 11-UCLA 16-USC 18-California Arizona State has also received votes toward the rankings.

Looking Ahead: Next week, Arizona will begin Pac-10 conference action on the road, against the Washington schools. The Wildcats will face the University of Washington on Friday, October 8 at 7 p.m. before facing Washington State on Sunday at noon.

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