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Arizona Soccer Faces Pepperdine, UNLV This Weekend
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 09/18/2001
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Sept. 18, 2001

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WHAT'S HAPPENING: The University of Arizona women's soccer team (2-1-0) will take on a pair of non-conference opponents in home action this weekend. The Wildcats will face Pepperdine on Friday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m., then they will take on UNLV on Sunday, Sept. 23, at 1 p.m. Both matches will be played at Murphey Stadium, 15th Street and Plumer Avenue.

ABOUT ARIZONA: On a modest two-game win streak, the Wildcats improved to 2-1-0 overall with home victories over New Mexico (3-0) and Southern Utah (9-1) on Sept. 7 and 9. Those wins marked Arizona's first back-to-back victories since early last season. The win over UNM also ended an 11-game winless streak that dated back to Oct. 6, 2000.

With the cancellation of last weekend's road games at West Virginia and Pittsburgh, the Cats are now in the midst of a four-game home stand.

After scoring a school-record five goals against Southern Utah, senior forward Kristi Loro?a has taken over the UA scoring lead with 10 points. Freshman forwards Candice Wilks (three goals) and Cassie Daniels (two goals, two assists) are tied for second on the scoring chart, with six points each. Another freshman, Vanesha Bailey is fourth in scoring with two goals and one assist (five points).

Sophomore forward Liz Bartlett has one goal and one assist (three points), while junior transfer Tymarie Novak has one goal (two points). Sophomore defender Samantha Bartlett, senior defender Erin Nelson and senior midfielder Katie Winship have notched one assist each.

In the nets, senior goalkeeper Shannon Monti has played all 270 minutes of the season thus far, tallying 11 saves, one shutout and a 1.67 goals-against average.

ABOUT PEPPERDINE: The Waves are 3-0-1 following a 3-2 overtime win over Cal Poly SLO at home on Monday. Prior to that match, the Waves had a 4-1 victory over Arkansas (Sept. 9) and a scoreless tie with Cal State Northridge (Sept. 4). Friday's game at the UA is Pepperdine's first road match of the season.

With two goals and two assists (six points), junior forward Kristi Bissonnette holds Pepperdine's scoring lead. Freshman forward Ali Pavoni (two goals) and sophomore defender Mary Stuart (one goal, two assists) are tied for second with four points each. Five other players have two points apiece.

Senior goalkeeper Lindsey Brouillette has played 345 minutes for the Waves this season, tallying 10 saves, one shutout and a 0.78 GAA. Fellow senior Cheri Phillips has seen 73 minutes in the nets, with one save and a 2.48 GAA.

Head coach Tim Ward (Cal Lutheran, 1993) holds a 34-21-7 record in four years with the Waves.

THE SERIES vs. PEPPERDINE: The Waves have a solid 3-1-0 lead in the series with Arizona. Pepperdine won last year's meeting, 3-2, in Malibu. Arizona's only win in the series was a 1-0 shutout on Oct. 1, 1999, in Tucson.

LAST MEETING WITH PEPPERDINE: In the midst of a four-game road swing, Arizona was edged, 3-2, by Pepperdine in Malibu on Sept. 22, 2000.

The Waves struck early, denting the net at 4:09 to take a 1-0 lead. Tiffany Sabado answered quickly for the Cats, notching her first goal of the season just over a minute later, off a Meaghan McNatt assist. Kristi Loro?a also registered her first goal of the season at 15:54 to give the Cats a 2-1 edge.

Pepperdine tied the game in the 49th minute, then scored the go-ahead goal with less than seven minutes remaining in the match.

ABOUT UNLV: The Lady Rebels stand at 2-1-2 after a 3-0 shutout win at Southern Utah on Monday. UNLV will face California at home on Friday night before traveling to Tucson for Sunday's game.

Junior midfielder Cristyn Enea has a solid hold on the UNLV scoring lead, with four goals and one assist (nine points). Senior midfielder Anita Pedford is second with two goals (four points). Jenny Ruiz, Rachael Buscovich and Melicia Wright have one goal (two points) each.

Senior goalkeeper Alice Gleason has played 420 minutes for the Rebels, gathering 25 saves, one shutout and a 1.50 goals-against average. Freshman Desiree Kelly has played one complete game, a shutout, and has one save and a 0.00 GAA.

Second-year head coach Dan Abdalla (UNLV, 1997) holds a 13-10-2 record at the helm of his alma mater's program.

THE SERIES vs. UNLV: Sunday's match will be a first for the Arizona and UNLV women's soccer teams.

ARIZONA'S LAST TIME OUT: Senior forward Kristi Loro?a scored a school-record five goals as the Arizona women's soccer team drilled first-year program Southern Utah, 9-1, at home on Sept. 9. The nine goals is also a new school record for team goals in a game.

Freshman forward Candice Wilks started the scoring barrage for Arizona by notching her first collegiate goal at 9:14 in the first half, off a rebounded Cassie Daniels shot. Nine minutes later, Loro?a began her personal scoring onslaught, with Daniels assisting once again. Loro?a scored three more goals over the next 24 minutes, including two that were only 42 seconds apart late in the first half.

Daniels started the second-half scoring for the Cats by connecting on a penalty kick in the 56th minute, and Wilks notched her second goal five minutes later. Southern Utah finally broke the shutout in the 66th minute.

Barely a minute later, Wilks registered yet another goal, garnering the first hat trick of her young college career. Loro?a capped the scoring with her fifth and final goal at 69:22, sending a rebounded Vanesha Bailey shot into the back of the net.

Wildcat senior goalkeeper Shannon Monti made two saves in the game. Loro?a had a game-high six shots, all on-goal, and Daniels collected five shots, including three on-goal.

ARIZONA HEAD COACH CATHY KLEIN: Second-year head coach Cathy Klein (SUNY-Cortland, 1987) holds a 5-16-2 mark at the helm of the Arizona program. She has a Division I career record of 62-57-3 over six years and is 84-110-8 in 11 years as a head coach.

Klein was named as the Wildcats' new head coach in January, 2000. She came to the UA after a five-year stint building a new women's soccer program at Iowa State. In four varsity seasons with the Cyclones, Klein garnered a 43-37-1 mark. Before Iowa State, Klein was head coach at Creighton and Division III schools Earlham College and Utica College.

THE REST OF THE STAFF: In her second season at the UA, Melissa Estrada (Creighton, 1995) followed Cathy Klein from Iowa State, where Estrada was part of Klein's coaching staff for four years. She assists with recruiting and works with the field players.

Assistant coach Casey Mann (Grand View College, 1997) is in his first season with the Wildcats. His primary responsibility at the UA is coaching the goalkeepers. His wife, Tawnya Mann, is also lending a hand as a volunteer assistant.

WVU, PITT GAMES CANCELED: Arizona's road games at West Virginia (Sept. 14) and at Pittsburgh (Sept. 16) were canceled after last week's terrorist attacks in the East. These contests will not be rescheduled.

CATS ADD TWO GAMES TO REPLACE CANCELED DATES: The Wildcats have added a pair of non-conference road games in October to replace those September games that were canceled. Arizona will play at Denver on Friday, Oct. 5, at 3 p.m. MDT, then they will travel to Colorado Springs to take on Air Force on Sunday, Oct. 7, at 12 p.m. MDT.

LOOKING AHEAD: The Wildcats will hit the road again next weekend for a pair of matches in Utah. Arizona plays at Brigham Young on Friday, Sept. 28, at 7 p.m. MDT, then the Cats will take on Utah on Sunday, Sept. 30, at 1 p.m. MDT in Salt Lake City.

PRACTICE SCHEDULE: All daily practices during the regular season, until Nov. 8, will be held from 2:30-4:30 p.m. The team will have weight-lifting sessions each Tuesday and Wednesday immediately after practice until 5:45 p.m., therefore no post-practice interviews on these days will be allowed until the strength training is completed.

Media are encouraged to attend all practices but are not permitted to converse with coaches or players during practice. Media can interview coaches and players after practice only. No pre-practice interviews will be permitted. All practices and games are conducted at Murphey Soccer Stadium, located at 15th Street and Plumer Ave.

RECORDS ARE FALLING: Only three matches into the season, and the Cats have broken or tied eight school records already. During the 3-0 win over New Mexico on Sept. 7, the Cats had a school-record-tying eight corner kicks. They broke all kinds of records during the 9-1 win over Southern Utah on Sept. 9, including most goals in a game (9), most assists in a game (6) and largest margin of victory (8).

LORO?A NAMED PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK (Sept. 11): After a record-setting scoring performance during the Sept. 7 and 9 home games, senior forward Kristi Loro?a was named Pac-10 Player of the Week for the week of Sept. 4-10.

Loro?a tallied seven shots and scored five goals to lead the Wildcats to a pair of wins over that weekend. She came off the bench to score a school-record five goals while leading Arizona to a 9-1 home victory over Southern Utah on Sept. 9. Loro?a notched four of her five goals in a 24-minute span in the first half, including two goals that were 42 seconds apart. Loro?a notched one shot on-goal in UA's 3-0 win over New Mexico Sept. 7. That win ended an 11-game winless streak for Arizona.

This is Loro?a's first career Pac-10 Player of the Week honor, and Arizona's second women's soccer Player of the Week honor all-time.

RANKED OPPONENTS: Seven of the 18 opponents on Arizona's schedule this year are either nationally ranked or are receiving votes for ranking.

In the NSCAA Coaches Poll, UCLA is No. 2, Nebraska is No. 3, Stanford is No. 7, California is No. 13, Washington is No. 17 and Brigham Young is tied for No. 24. USC received votes for ranking.

The Soccer America Top 20 has UCLA at No. 2, Nebraska at No. 5, Washington at No. 6, Stanford at No. 8 and California at No. 13.

In the SoccerBuzz.com national rankings, UCLA stands at No. 2, followed by #4 Stanford, #5 Nebraska, #9 Washington and #12 California. Arizona State and Brigham Young received votes for ranking.

RANKED OPPONENTS, PART DEUX: The UA played six nationally ranked opponents last year, more than in any other season in the program's history. The Cats' opener this year against No. 5 Nebraska on Aug. 31 marked the first time the UA has ever faced a ranked opponent in the first game of a season.

NOTING THE PAC-10: Each standing at 4-0-0 on the year, UCLA and Washington have taken over a small lead in the conference. With its 3-0-0 mark, Stanford isn't far behind, and three more teams are 3-1-0. Four conference teams are nationally ranked in the most recent NSCAA Coaches Poll.

ON LOCATION: The Wildcats are 2-0-0 at home this season, 0-1-0 on the road and 0-0-0 in neutral games. Last year, Arizona garnered a 2-5-0 mark at home, was 1-8-1 on the road and was 0-0-1 in neutral matches.

TWICE IS NICE: Traditionally, the Cats have fared rather well when scoring two or more goals in a match. They have scored two or more in each of the season's three games thus far and have a 2-1-0 mark. Over the eight years of Wildcat soccer, the UA has a 30-18-1 record when scoring two goals or more.

CLOSE BUT...: The outcome of 10 of the Wildcats' 20 games last season was decided by one goal or less. In the seven-year history of the Arizona soccer program, 55 matches have been decided by that one-goal-or-less differential.

CAT SCRATCHES: With 14 goals over the first three matches of the season, the Cats have as many goals as they did through the first 10 games of last year... They are only six goals away from equaling the goal tally from the entire 2000 season... The Cats are also only one win away from equalling last year's victories total.

MONTI'S MUSINGS: Each week throughout the 2001 season, senior goalkeeper Shannon Monti will be sharing her thoughts with fans via the official UA athletics web site, www.arizcats.com.

LINEUP SHAKE-UP: Six new Wildcats made their debut in the UA starting lineup during the season opener at No. 5 Nebraska on Aug. 31. A total of seven freshmen and sophomores played in that game, which saw Cathy Klein bring only three subs off the bench.

SISTER ACT: The Wildcat roster features two pairs of sisters this year. Sophomores Liz and Samantha Bartlett are twins. Senior midfielder Erin Nelson and freshman defender Heather Nelson are also sisters. All four players have seen action already this season.

LOCAL CONNECTION: The 2001 Wildcat roster features three players from Tucson high schools -- Kristi Loro?a (Canyon del Oro), Erin Nelson (Sabino) and Heather Nelson (Sabino).

Five other players are from Phoenix-area high schools -- Cassidy Guinn (Shadow Mountain), Jenn Meintel (Glendale Cactus), Tara Monteleone (Xavier College Prep), Shannon Monti (Shadow Mountain) and Courtney Russell (Glendale Cactus).

PAC-10 COACHES POLL: UCLA was tabbed by the league's coaches as the favorite to win the Pac-10 crown this year, while the Wildcats were picked to finish ninth, one spot higher than last season...

Pac-10 Preseason Women's Soccer Coaches Poll
1.  UCLA
2.  California
3.  Washington
4.  Stanford
5.  USC
6.  Arizona State
7.  Washington State
8.  Oregon State
9.  ARIZONA
10. Oregon

2000 IN BRIEF: Under the direction of then-first-year head coach Cathy Klein, the squad finished the 2000 season with a 3-15-2 overall record that belies the progress which was actually made during the year. With a brutal schedule, the Wildcats played an unprecedented six nationally ranked teams, all in the final seven matches of the year.

Through a variety of events, including numerous injuries, Klein ended up with a group of only 15 players who were able to see action in more than half the season's games. Five freshmen and sophomores received the starting nod more than once.

The whole season, the Wildcats were just this close to a different outcome in many of their games. They played a school-record six overtime contests -- all within a nine-game stretch midway through the season. Ten of the season's 20 matches were decided by a margin of one goal or less. The squad set or tied 30 school records, including most overtime wins (two) and most corner kicks in a match (eight).

Although a late-season nine-game losing skid put a negative spin on the year, prospects for the future looked bright. Five of the Cats' top 11 scorers were freshmen and sophomores, and of eight of those 11 were slated to return in 2001.

INDIVIDUALLY IN 2000: Despite missing the last two matches of the season because of illness, freshman forward Liz Bartlett was Arizona's leading scorer, with five goals and one assist (11 points).

Junior forward Kristi Loro?a was second in scoring with four goals (eight points), followed closely by freshman midfielder Sierra Cristiano's three goals and one assist (seven points). Five other players registered one goal or more during the season. Junior Erin Nelson was the team leader in assists, with three, although a total of eight Wildcats were credited with assists for the year.

Junior goalkeeper Shannon Monti saw the majority of minutes for the Cats, starting all 20 matches and garnering 87 saves and a 2.59 goals-against average. She combined with senior Inger Airheart for the UA's only shutout of the season on Sept. 30.

Junior defender Cassidy Guinn was named the team's Most Valuable Player, while Cristiano was selected the Most Improved Player. Bartlett was the team's Newcomer of the Year, and senior defender Niki Aguiar received the Coach's Award.

Guinn and Bartlett were both honorable mention All-Pac-10 selections, marking the first time since 1997 that a Wildcat received all-conference honors.

Senior defender Kate Nighswander-Will was a second team Academic All-Pac-10 honoree for the first time in her career. Guinn, Monti, Nelson, senior defender Ann Giallonardo, junior midfielder Twila Kaufman and senior forward Keri Kennedy-Weber all received honorable mention Academic All-Pac-10 laurels.

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