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Wildcats Prepare for No. 1 Portland in NCAA Tournament Third Round
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: November 16, 2005
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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WHAT’S HAPPENING: The Arizona women’s soccer team (11-7-3) will travel to Portland, Ore., to play No. 1 Portland (20-0-1) in the third round of the NCAA Tournament at 7 p.m. (PST) this Friday, Nov. 18.

UP NEXT: The winner of the Arizona vs. Portland game will take on the winner of the Yale vs. Notre Dame game which takes place in South Bend, Ind., on Friday, Nov. 18, at 7:30 p.m. (EST). The winner of each game will face off on the weekend of Nov. 25-27 in a quarterfinal match.

THE WILDCATS: Arizona is led by senior captain and Pac-10 Player of the Year Mallory Miller with 19 goals and five assists for 43 points on the season.

Sophomore goalkeeper McCall Smith has started 20 of Arizona’s 21 games this season, while posting a goals against average of 1.01 and making 120 saves.

In his third season with Arizona, head coach Dan Tobias has posted a 31-24-3 record. He is assisted by Lisa Oyen and Harold Warren.

LAST TIME OUT: Arizona defeated Utah on Nov. 10 and Weber State on Nov. 12 in the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament in Salt Lake City, Utah.

In the first half of play, the Wildcats and Utes battled back and forth until 29:41 when senior Kelly Nelson placed a through ball to Pac-10 Player of the Year Mallory Miller. Miller took a one touch shot to beat Utah goalkeeper Ashley Mason and give the Wildcats the 1-0 lead.

Each team had five shots in the first half, with Arizona posting one shot on versus Utah’s two.

Utah came out hard in the second half and posted eight shots. Arizona had two shots. Arizona goalkeeper and Salt Lake City native McCall Smith made five saves in the second half to give the Wildcats the 1-0 victory.

In the 41st minute of the game of Saturday’s game versus Weber State, junior Erin Bevacqua passed the ball from outside the box to senior Mallory Miller. Miller turned and placed the ball in the far left corner of the goal to give Arizona the 1-0 lead. The goal was Miller’s 19th of the season and second of the NCAA Tournament.

Weber State posted 15 shots in the second half, but Smith made six saves in the 45 minutes to give Arizona the 1-0 victory.

ABOUT PORTLAND: The No. 1-ranked Pilots are undefeated with a 20-0-1 record. Portland has defeated No. 14 Stanford, No. 11 Wisconsin, No. 19 West Virginia, No. 21 Texas, No. 21 Arizona and No. 5 Santa Clara. The Pilots’ largest margin of victory came on Aug. 31 when they defeated Oregon, 6-0.

The Pilots are the champions of the West Coast Conference with a 6-0-1 record. The only tie came to No. 11 Pepperdine, 1-1.

Portland’s leading scorer is senior Christine Sinclair, who has 37 goals and 84 total points, both of which lead the nation. The Pilots’ starting goalkeeper, Cori Alexander, has allowed only seven goals on the season and has posted a 0.39 goals against average.

Portland returns 20 letterwinners, including eight starters, from a team that went 20-4-0 overall and 6-1-0 in the West Coast Conference, finishing in a tie for first in the conference standings. The Pilots reached the NCAA Quarterfinals, where they lost to eventual national champion, Notre Dame.

In his third season with Portland, head coach Garrett Smith has led Portland to a 40-9-4 record.

Wildcats vs. Pilots: The two teams’ only meeting came on Sept. 24., when then-No. 3 Portland defeated then-No. 22 Arizona, 3-0.

In that game, Portland’s Christine Sinclair took a shot from the top of the box and placed it into the back of the net to give the Pilots the 1-0 lead at 18:42. Sinclair then scored her second goal of the night, 18th of the season, at 26:06 off of assists from Lindsey Huie and Angie Woznuk.

The Pilots’ Megan Por Rapinoe scored the team’s third goal of the night at 31:15 with an assist from Sinclair. T

Arizona sophomore goalkeeper McCall Smith had 3 saves in the second half to keep the Pilots off of the scoreboard. Pilot goalkeeper Cory Alexander had 2 saves to keep the game at 3-0 and earn her fifth shutout of the season.

Senior Mallory Miller had four of the team’s nine shots on the night.

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 two opponents in Utah and Weber State, Arizona’s last six of seven opponents are 2005 NCAA Tournament participants.

ALL-Pac-10: Senior Mallory Miller earned the Pac-10 Player of the Year las week. Miller, a forward/ midfielder from Tucson, Ariz., 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 ranks in the Top-10 in shots, shots per game, assists, assists per game and game-winning goals.

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.

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

Four of these teams, Pepperdine, Portland, California and UCLA, won their games in the first two rounds and will continue on to play this weekend.

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.



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: Three Pac-10 teams, Arizona, UCLA and California are still alive in the tournament.

IN THE LINEUP: The Wildcats have relied on seniors Mallory Miller and Kelly Nelson as the starting forwards. Freshmen Gianna DeSavario and London King have been coming off of the bench to play up front. The four players have 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 has played central midfield throughout the season with sophomore Nicole Scheid. Seniors Kamaya Damwijk, Nikki David, and junior Erin Bevacqua have traded off time playing at the two outside midfield positions.

The Wildcats have started sophomore Kaity Heath at the left-back position throughout the season, . Sophomore Claire Bodiya and freshman Savanah Levake have played the central defenders, with freshman Brianna Caceres starting at right back.

HEAD COACH DAN TOBIAS: In 2004, Dan 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.

For his efforts, Tobias was the first coach in Arizona soccer history to be named Pac-10 Coach of the Year. Tobias is the second coach to receive Pac-10 Coach of the Year accolades twice, after being named 2002 Coach of the Year while at Washington State. USC’s Jim Millinder accomplished the feat in 1996 and 1998.

Additionally, Tobias received national recognition by being named 2004 National Coach of the Year by Soccer America. The National Soccer Coaches Association of America and Soccer Buzz Magazine also named him West Region Coach of the Year.

WILDCATS IN THE NETS: Sophomore goalie McCall Smith is coming 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.

MILLER NATIONALLY: Senior Mallory Miller ranks among the nation’s top players in the following categories:

Points Per Game

15. 21 games, 19 goals, 5 assists, 43 points, 2.05 ppg

Goals Per Game

t9. 21 games, 19 goals, 0.90 per game

MILLER’S RECORD-BREAKING PERFORMANCES: Now in her fourth season, Mallory Miller has broken 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





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