2005 SEASON IN BRIEF: The University of Arizona women’s soccer team finished the 2005 season with their first ever appearance in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. The Wildcats earned an overall record of 11-8-3 and a 4-4-1 Pac-10 mark, while breaking or tying 21 team or individual school records and earning a final ranking of No. 24. The Wildcats defeated Utah and Weber State in the tournament before losing to No. 1 Portland in the third round.
The Wildcats finished the Pac-10 season in a tie for fifth, and were one of five teams in the conference to earn an NCAA Tournament berth. In 2005, Arizona earned the second-most victories in the history of the program, 11 overall and four conference. The record for victories came in 2004 in Arizona’s breakthrough season, when Arizona earned 15 overall and six Pac-10 wins.
Additionally, the Wildcats’ broke or tied season records for most games played (22), most ties (3), and most overtime games (6). Arizona’s five game unbeaten streak this season broke the record for the longest unbeaten streak.
Pac-10 PLAYER OF THE YEAR: For the first time in the history of the program, a Wildcat earned Pac-10 Player of the Year accolades.
Senior Mallory Miller was named the women’s soccer Pac-10 Player of the Year for 2005. She was a second team All-Pac-10 selection in 2004 and an honorable mention selection in 2003. She finished the regular season leading the conference in points (39), points per game (2.05), goals (17) and goals per game (0.89). Miller also ranked in the Top-10 in shots, shots per game, assists, assists per game and game-winning goals.
All-Pac-10: Miller was also named All-Pac-10 first team. In addition to Miller’s honor, junior Erin Bevacqua was named All-Pac-10 second team, sophomore Nicole Scheid earned All-Pac-10 honorable mention accolades and freshman London King was named to the All-Pac-10 Freshman Team.
MILLER’S RECORD-BREAKING PERFORMANCES: Mallory Miller broke all 12 season and career records. Miller already owned both season and career assists records coming into the 2005 season.
Season Assists -
Previous record holder: Nikki Jones (1998), 6 assists
Current record holder: Mallory Miller (2004), 9 assists
Career Assists -
Previous record holder: Nikki Jones (1995-95), 14 assists
Current record holder: Mallory Miller (2002-05), 19 assists
Season Shots -
Current record holder: Chrissy Sanford (1999), 66
New record holder: Mallory Miller (2005), 78
Career Shots ?-
Previous record holder: Nikki Jones (1995-98), 170 shots
New record holder: Mallory Miller (2002-05), 234 shots
Season Goals Scored -
Previous record holder: Kelly Nelson (2002), 13 goals
New record holder: Mallory Miller (2005), 19 goals
Career Goals Scored -
Previous record holder: Nikki Jones (1995-98), 25 goals
New record holder: Mallory Miller (2002-05), 32 goals
Season Total Points -
Previous record holders: Kelly Nelson (2002), 27 points
Christine Keeley (1995), 27 points
New record holder: Mallory Miller (2005), 39 points
Career Total Points -
Previous record holder: Nikki Jones (1995-98), 64 points
New record holder: Mallory Miller (2002-05), 83 points
Season Game-Winning Goals -
Previous record holder: Candice Wilks (2004), 4 GWG
New record holder: Mallory Miller (2005), 9 GWG
Career Game-Winning Goals -
Previous record holder: Candice Wilks (2001-04), 8 GWG
New record holder: Mallory Miller (2002-05), 14 GWG
Career Games Played -
Current record holder: Lindsey Peeples (2001-04), 77 games
New record holder: Mallory Miller (2002-05), 80 games
Career Games Started -
Current record holder: Lindsey Peeples (2001-04), 73 games
New record holder: Mallory Miller (2002-05), 80 games
LAST TIME OUT: The most successful postseason run in the history of the Arizona women’s soccer program came to an end with a 4-0 loss to top-ranked Portland at Menlo Field on Nov. 19.
Backed by a 10-3 advantage in shots, the Pilots jumped out to a 2-0 lead through the first 45 minutes of play.
UP’s Megan Rapinoe opened the scoring in the contest with a goal at the 17:08 mark in the first half on a ball that found the lower left-hand corner of the goal past a diving McCall Smith for a 1-0 lead. Rapinoe was fed across the penalty box by sophomore teammate Natalie Budge who earned the assist.
Budge came up with her second helper of the first half on a scoring opportunity by senior Lindsey Huie. Playing the ball deep in the right-hand corner of the box, Budge offered a pass to Huie who found an opening in the upper right corner of the net for UP’s scored score in the game
UA’s best scoring opportunity in the opening half came on a shot by senior Mallory Miller towards the upper right corner. UP’s Cori Alexander snagged the ball and pulled it in for the save to keep UA off the scoreboard.
UP maintained its two-goal lead in the second half befored it closed out the scoring with a pair of late tallies in the final 10 minutes of play. Rapinoe tallied her second score of the night on an assist from Lisa Sari at the 83:00 minute mark in the second half for a 3-0 advantage and Elsa Hume capped off the night at 89:21 with a scoring kick on a Rapinoe assist.
TOUGH ENDING: Four of the Wildcats’ last five regular-season opponents made the NCAA Tournament. The Wildcats finished up the season against California, Stanford, Arizona State, UCLA and USC. The only opponent in those five games not to make the tournament was Arizona State. Add in the Wildcats’ last three opponents in Utah, Weber State and Portland, Arizona’s last six of seven opponents were 2005 NCAA Tournament participants.
WILDCATS vs. TOURNAMENT OPPONENTS: Eight of the Wildcats’ 19 opponents in the regular season received NCAA Tournament bids. Arizona went 2-5-1 against these opponents.
Aug. 28 at Pepperdine Loss, 3-1
Sept. 16 Utah Win, 1-0 OT
Sept. 23 at Portland Loss, 3-0
Oct. 1 BYU Loss, 2-1
Oct. 21 California Tie, 0-0
Oct. 23 Stanford Win, 2-1
Nov. 4 at UCLA Loss, 2-1 2OT
Nov. 6 at USC Loss, 1-0
Brigham Young, Stanford, and USC all lost in the first round of action. Utah lost in the second round to the Wildcats. California and Pepperdine both made it to the Sweet 16.
Portland and UCLA faced off in the NCAA Championship game. Portland defeated UCLA by a 4-0 margin for the championship.
WILDCATS vs. NON-TOURNAMENT OPPONENTS: Arizona went 7-2-2 against opponents that did not earn a NCAA Tournament berth. The two losses both came in Pacific-10 play versus Washington State (L, 2-1) and Arizona State (L, 2-1).
REGULAR SEASON PAC: After winning the 2004 Pac-10 Championship, the Wildcats placed in a tie for fifth behind UCLA, California, USC and Stanford.
FINAL REGULAR SEASON PAC-10 STANDINGS
1. UCLA (23) 7-0-2, .889; 17-1-2, .900
2. California (22) 7-1-1, .833; 14-3-2, .789
3. USC (19) 6-2-1, .722; 12-5-2, .684
4. Stanford (14) 4-3-2, .556; 10-6-3, .605
5. Washington State (13) 4-4-1, .500; 11-7-2, .600
Arizona (13) 4-4-1, .500; 9-7-3, .553
Arizona State (13) 4-4-1, .500; 9-8-3, .525
8. Oregon State (10) 3-5-1, .389; 10-8-1, .553
9. Oregon (3) 1-8-0, .111; 9-9-1, .500
10. Washington (0) 0-9-0, .000; 0-17-3, .075
PAC-10 IN THE TOURNAMENT: UCLA went the farthest in the NCAA Tournament of any team in the Pac-10. The Bruins reached the final game for the second year in a row. UCLA lost, 4-0, to Portland. In 2004, the Bruins lost in the national championship game to Notre Dame.
IN THE LINEUP: The Wildcats relied on seniors Mallory Miller and Kelly Nelson as the starting forwards. Freshmen Gianna DeSavario and London King came off of the bench to play up front. The four players combined for 25 of Arizona’s 31 goals this season.
Mallory Miller 19 goals
Gianna DeSavario 3 goals
London King 3 goals
Kelly Nelson 1 goal
Wildcat senior Jennifer Klein played central midfield throughout the season with sophomore Nicole Scheid. Seniors Kamaya Damwijk, Nikki David, and junior Erin Bevacqua traded off time playing at the two outside midfield positions.
The Wildcats started sophomore Kaity Heath at the left-back position throughout the season. Sophomore Claire Bodiya and freshman Savanah Levake played the central defenders, with freshman Brianna Caceres starting at right back.
WILDCATS IN THE NETS: Sophomore goalie McCall Smith came off of a freshman season in which she broke four of the program’s goalkeeping records and was named a finalist for Freshman of the Year. She had started every game in her Wildcat career until Nov. 4 vs. UCLA, when she sat the game out after a concussion she suffered on Oct. 29 vs. Arizona State.
Smith is Arizona’s career leader in shutouts with 20.
HEAD COACH DAN TOBIAS: Dan Tobias coached the Wildcats to one of their most successful seasons in the program’s history. In his third season with the Wildcats, Tobias has turned the soccer program around. The Wildcats reached the Sweet 16 for the first time in the program’s history in 2005.
In 2004, Tobias led the Wildcats to a 15-6 overall record. Additionally, his 6-3 Pac-10 record gave Arizona its first Pac-10 championship in the history of the program and was named Pac-10 Coach of the Year.
PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Both Miller and David were given Pac-10 Player of the Week accolades.
David earned the honor on Sept. 13. She led the Wildcats to two wins, including a 2-1 victory 2004 College Cup semifinalist, Princeton, snapping the Tigers’ 19-match home field winning streak. David scored the first goal for Arizona at 37:51 and assisted on the game-winning goal.
On Oct. 11, Miller was named Pac-10 Player of the Week for her efforts in the Wildcats’ victories over Oregon and Oregon State. She led the Wildcats to a 2-0 Conference start by scoring 10 points over the weekend. In the two games, Miller posted four goals and two assists to contribute to or score six of the seven Wildcat goals. Her second hat trick of the season came on Friday night, helping Arizona to defeat Oregon, 4-2, while breaking the Wildcat record for career goals (27).