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Cats Take on No.15 California and Pacific
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 09/19/2012
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Sept. 19, 2012

Arizona (4-3-1) vs. California (6-2)

Friday, Sept. 21 • 2:00 p.m. MST

Berkeley, Calif. • Edwards Stadium

Arizona (4-3-1) vs. Pacific (1-6)

Sunday, Sept. 23 • 12:00 p.m. MST

Stockton, Calif. • Knoles Field

TUCSON, Ariz. – The University of Arizona women’s soccer team heads to California for Pac-12 play against California (6-2) on Friday, Sept. 21 at 2:00 p.m. and concludes non-conference play against Pacific (1-6) on Sunday, Sept. 23. The match against California will be broadcasted on the Pac-12 Networks for the first time this season.

Previous Game: On Sunday, Arizona (4-3-1) battled Loyola Marymount (5-3-2) to a 0-0 tie in two over time periods in the final match of the Loews Ventana Canyon Cats Classic. Junior Jazmin Ponce led Arizona (4-3-1) with six shot attempts with one on the goal. Both Ariel Boulicault and Candice Osei-Agyemang registered three shots in the match. The Wildcats outshot the Lions 18-12.

About the Bears: In the previous weekend, California (6-2) beat the University of Pennsylvania (2-3) on home turf in a 1-0 decision to continue their four-game win streak. The Bears are 3-2 while playing at home and are ranked No.15 in the nation led by Senior Betsy Hassett in both assists (4) and points (12).

About the Tigers: Pacific (1-6) traveled to Colorado and was shutout 3-0 by the Colorado College Tigers. Junior Maricela Padilla leads Pacific in shots with a total of 13 shots taken this season with fellow junior teammate Brittni Beeman trailing behind her with 12 shots.

Winning Record: For the first time since 2008, the Wildcats have a winning record this early in the season. In 2008, at the mid-September mark, Arizona was 6-2 with an overall record of 9-11. This year, Arizona is 4-3-1 at the mid-September mark. The Wildcat’s offense has scored 12 goals through eight games this season, which is a four-goal improvement from the 18 matches played in 2011.

Ponce in First: For the second consecutive week, junior Jazmin Ponce leads the Pac-12 in the shot category with 37 total. Ponce also leads the Wildcats in goals with three in the season with Julia Glanz, Susana Melendez, and Ana-Maria Montoya behind her with 2 goals each.

Saving the Wildcats: In her first season as starting goalkeeper, Gabby Kaufman is ranked second in the Pac-12 with 34 saved goals in eight games played this season. Kaufman has not allowed a goal in 200 minutes when the last goal she allowed was on Sept. 9 against Houston.

Defense: Behind exceptional goalkeeper Kaufman, the Wildcat defense has only allowed seven goals this season, tying them in sixth place with Oregon in the Pac-12 rankings. The three loses for Arizona has only been by a one-goal deficit.

Montoya the Olympian: After participating in the 2012 Olympics with the Colombian team this summer, Ana-Maria Montoya continues to make her mark at Arizona. In eight games played, Montoya has registered 19 shots with six on the goal, two goals for the Wildcats, and one assist.

Selman Continues to Inspire: The Wildcat women's soccer team will continue to wear a pre-game warm-up shirt with the No. 13 in honor of Lexe Selman, a member of UA's 2012 signing class. Selman recently finished up her fourth round of chemotherapy treatment for Leukemia, which she was diagnosed with on April 20 of this year. Vowing to Selman and her family to keep her dreams of playing at the collegiate soccer level alive, Arizona head coach Lisa Oyen has promised to hold a roster spot and number until she is able to play.

Up Next: The Wildcats return to Tucson for home matches at Murphey Field at Mulcahy Stadium against UCLA on Friday, Sept. 28 at 7:00 p.m. and USC on Sunday, Sept. 30 at 1:30 p.m. PT. 

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