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Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 10/16/2001
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Oct. 16, 2001

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WHAT'S HAPPENING: After wrapping up a six-game road swing, the University of Arizona women's soccer team (3-7-1 overall, 0-2-0 Pac-10) finally gets to return home for a pair of matches against the Oregon schools this weekend. The Wildcats will take on Oregon on Friday, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m., then will face Oregon State (7-4-1, 0-2-0 Pac-10) on Sunday, Oct. 21, at 1 p.m. Both matches will take place at Murphey Stadium, 15th Street and Plumer Ave.

ABOUT ARIZONA: The Wildcats are 3-7-1 overall and 0-2-0 in Pac-10 play after a pair of losses in Los Angeles last weekend. Arizona fell at then-No. 2 UCLA, 2-0, last Friday then dropped a 2-0 decision at USC on Sunday. The Cats have not played a home match since Sept. 23.

With five goals and one assist (11 points), freshman forward Candice Wilks has a slight lead in scoring for the Wildcats. Three players -- senior forward Kristi Loro?a (five goals), freshman midfielder Vanesha Bailey (four goals, two assists) and freshman forward Cassie Daniels (three goals, four assists) -- are tied for second on the scoring chart.

Sophomore forward Liz Bartlett is fifth with three goals and one assist (seven points), followed by senior midfielder Katie Winship with one goal and one assist (three points) and junior transfer Tymarie Novak with one goal (two points). Sophomore defender Samantha Bartlett, sophomore midfielder Sierra Cristiano, junior midfielder Twila Kaufman and senior defenders Erin Nelson and Cassidy Guinn have one assist (one point) apiece.

In the nets, senior goalkeeper Shannon Monti has played all 1026 minutes of the season thus far, tallying 59 saves, one shutout and a 2.02 goals-against average.

As a team, Arizona is leading the Pac-10 in saves (63) and is tied for sixth in both goals (22) and goals per game (2.00 gpg). Shannon Monti is the Pac-10 leader in saves (59) and saves per game (5.36 spg).

ABOUT OREGON: With losses in three of their last four games, the Ducks hold 6-4-1 overall and 0-2-0 Pac-10 marks. Oregon was swept in the Bay Area last weekend, falling to then-No. 17 California (3-0) last Friday, then losing to then-No. 9 Stanford (3-1) last Sunday.

With 13 points each, senior midfielder Chalise Baysa (six goals, one assist) and freshman forward Nicole Garbin (five goals, three assists) are tied the the Ducks' scoring lead. Senior forward Beth Bowler is third on the scoring chart with four goals and three assists (11 points).

Junior goalkeeper Sarah Peters has played 945 minutes for the Ducks this season, tallying 48 saves, two shutouts and a 1.33 GAA. Freshman Domenique Lainez has seen 75 minutes in the nets, with a 2.41 GAA and a pair of saves.

Head coach Bill Steffen (SUNY-Albany, 1982) holds a 33-65-8 record in six seasons at the helm of the Oregon program.

THE SERIES vs. OREGON: The Ducks are undefeated in the series with Arizona, 3-0-1, including a 2-0 victory in last year's meeting in Eugene.

LAST MEETING WITH OREGON: On Oct. 8, 2000, the Ducks shutout Arizona, 2-0, in Eugene. Oregon scored its first goal in the 29th minute then notched the second with just 15 seconds remaining in the first half. Neither team scored in the second half.

Kristi Loro?a led Arizona's offensive efforts with a game-high-tying five shots, and UA goalkeeper Shannon Monti made 10 saves.

ABOUT OREGON STATE: On a three-game losing skid, the Beavers slipped to 7-4-1 overall and 0-2-0 in Pac-10 play with losses in the Bay Area last weekend. OSU was edged by then-No. 9 Stanford, 2-1, last Friday, then was shutout by then-No. 17 California, 2-0, on Sunday.

The Beavers are not ranked but are receiving votes for ranking in the SoccerBuzz.com West Region. Oregon State will play host to Arizona State on Friday night before taking on the Wildcats this Sunday.

With six goals and three assists (15 points), junior midfielder Katie Henderson leads OSU in scoring. Sophomore midfielder Courtney Carter is second with five goals (10 points), followed by sophomore midfielder Lindsey Beem with two goals and five assists (nine points).

Junior goalkeeper Jo Fletcher has played 959 minutes in the nets for the Beavers, gathering 47 saves, two shutouts and a 1.22 goals-against average. Freshman Gabby Nejedlo has played 135 minutes, has two saves and a 1.33 GAA.

Fourth-year head coach Steve Fennah (Sheffield & Hallamshire, 1986) holds a 27-40-5 record with the Beavers.

THE SERIES vs. OREGON STATE: The Beavers have a narrow 3-2-1 lead in the series with Arizona. The two teams played to a 1-1 overtime tie in Corvallis last year.

LAST MEETING WITH OREGON STATE: Playing its sixth overtime match of the season, Arizona tied Oregon State, 1-1, in overtime in Corvallis on Oct. 6, 2000.

The Wildcats struck first with a goal at 25:25, an unassisted breakaway by then-freshman Liz Bartlett. The Beavers broke the shutout just 37 seconds into the second half, then neither team scored again through the remainder of regulation or the overtime periods.

ARIZONA'S LAST TIME OUT: Despite an eight-save performance from senior goalkeeper Shannon Monti, Arizona dropped a 2-0 decision at USC last Sunday. The contest ended a six-game road swing for the Wildcats.

The Women of Troy jumped ahead early, logging two goals in the first 10 minutes of the match. The Wildcats kept USC scoreless for the remainder of the game but were unable to dent the net themselves.

USC out-shot Arizona, 18-3, with freshman forwards Candice Wilks and Cassie Daniels and senior midfielder Katie Winship registering Arizona's shots. Wilks' was the only shot on-goal for the Cats.

ARIZONA HEAD COACH CATHY KLEIN: Second-year head coach Cathy Klein (SUNY-Cortland, 1987) holds a 6-22-3 mark at the helm of the Arizona program. She has a Division I career record of 63-63-4 over six years and is 85-116-9 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.

LOOKING AHEAD: The Wildcats hit the road again next weekend for their last trip of the season. Arizona will play at Washington on Friday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m. The Cats will take on Washington State on Sunday, Oct. 28, at 12 p.m. PST in Pullman.

Arizona returns home the following weekend to open a season-ending three-game homestand against California (Nov. 2) and Stanford (Nov. 4). The Wildcats will close the 2001 season at home against in-state rival Arizona State on Nov. 9.

MAKING HER MARK: Senior midfielder Twila Kaufman has been steadily moving up the UA career lists in both games played and games started, and she will likely be Arizona's career leader in both categories before the season is over. Kaufman is currently No. 2 on the career games started list, with 65, just three behind the all-time leader Nikki Jones (1995-98). Kaufman is also fourth on the career games played list, with 67, which puts her only four starts out of first place, which is held by Jones as well (71 gs).

RACKING `EM UP: Freshman forward Candice Wilks has five goals on the season, but she notched them all within a three-game span. She ran off three goals against Southern Utah on Sept. 7 then dented the net twice against UNLV on Sept. 23.

CONSISTENT CONTRIBUTOR: Freshman midfielder Vanesha Bailey has scored or assisted at least one goal in six of the season's 11 matches. She scored Arizona's only goal during the two-game trip in Utah at the end of September.

RANKED OPPONENTS: Eight 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. 5, Stanford is No. 8, California is No. 16, Washington is No. 20 and Pepperdine is No. 25. USC received votes for ranking.

The Soccer America Top 20 has UCLA at No. 2, Stanford at No. 4, Nebraska at No. 9, California at No. 15, and Washington at No. 18 .

In the SoccerBuzz.com national rankings, UCLA stands at #2, followed by #4 Stanford, #11 Nebraska, #12 California, #16 Washington and #23 Brigham Young. Pepperdine and USC 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: After the first weekend of conference action, the four California schools are tied for the Pac-10 lead with two wins each. Washington is fourth with one victory.

UCLA, Stanford, California and Washington are all nationally ranked again this week.

ON LOCATION: The Wildcats are 3-0-1 at home this season, 0-7-0 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.

MUSICAL LINEUPS: Fifteen different Wildcats have started at least one match for the UA this season.

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 five of the season's games and have a 3-1-1 mark when doing so. Over the eight years of Wildcat soccer, the UA has a 31-18-2 record when scoring two goals or more.

CLOSE BUT...: The outcome of two of the Wildcats' 11 games this season have been decided by one goal or less. In the eight-year history of the Arizona soccer program, 57 matches have been decided by that one-goal-or-less differential.

CAT SCRATCHES: Arizona has a 3-0 record this year when scoring three or more goals... The Cats are also 3-0 when holding the opponent to one or fewer goals... Freshman forward Cassie Daniels has four assists already this year, only two away from tying the school single-season record in that category.

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.

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