Sept. 28, 2011
Arizona (0-8-1) at Colorado (3-5-1, 0-1-0)
Friday, Sept. 30 • 4:00 p.m. MST
Boulder, Colo. • Prentup Field
Arizona (0-8-1) at Utah (5-4-1, 1-0-0)
Sunday, Oct. 2 • 1:00 p.m. MST
Salt Lake City, Utah • Ute Field
TUCSON, Ariz. -University of Arizona Wildcat women's soccer squad heads on the road for the second straight week, for a pair of matches at Colorado and Utah. Arizona will face the Buffaloes on Friday, September 30 at 4 p.m. on Prentup Field. Sunday, the Wildcats will face Utah at 1 p.m. on Ute Field.
Last Time Out: Last week, Arizona opened the Pac-12 Conference Schedule at No. 1 Stanford, losing 7-0 to the Cardinal. Juniors Renae Cuellar and Kirstyn Magyar, and sophomore Ana-Maria Montoyaled the Cats with two shot attempts apiece.
Noting the Buffaloes: Colorado (3-5-1, 0-1-0) opened its schedule as one of the newest members of the Pac-12 Conference Oregon State, losing 2-0 to the Beavers. Goalkeeper Annie Brunner had a one save and one goal against, and the Beavers out-shot the Buffaloes 17-11.
Noting the Utes: Pac-12 newcomer Utah (5-4-1, 1-0-0) opened the conference slate at Oregon last weekend, topping the Ducks 2-0. Both goals were scored in the second half, one by Harley Spier in the 49th, and the other by Leslie Muirhead in the 56th.
About the Cats: Arizona enters the 2011 season with eight returning starters and high expectations following a 5-13-2 campaign a season ago ... The Wildcats return players with 234 combined starts in their collegiate careers ... Forward Renae Cuellar, who scored six goals and had three assists in the first six games of 2010, returns after missing the final 14 matches due to a knee injury ... Senior goalkeeper Ashley Jettreturns after playing every minute in goal over the course of the final 18 matches last season ... Several of the UA's seven freshmen could make their collegiate debuts this weekend.
Welcome to the Show: This season, four freshmen made their collegiate debuts at Arizona. LeeAndra Smith earned a start in her first career game against San Diego State, while Julia Glanz and Emily Lai made appearances as reserves. Glanz made her first collegiate start two days later against Pepperdine, and Desiree Bramlette saw her first action as a Wildcat off the bench against the Waves. Against Pepperdine, Lai and Glanz each registered their first shot attempts. At Brigham Young, Brie DeFelicecame off the bench and recorded one on-goal shot attempt.
Head Coach Lisa Oyen: Lisa Oyenenters her second full season as head coach of the Arizona women's soccer program. In her two seasons at the helm, Oyen has provided stability to the program that is seeking its first winning season 2005. She has improved talent, depth and skill on the roster, and revitalized the Wildcats' recruiting efforts. Her 2010 team - her first full year in charge - was hit hard by injury and illness, but showed its toughness and resilience in a 5-13-2 campaign. Oyen served as a co-interim head coach for the final seven games of 2009, before being named the head coach after the season. She has a career coaching record of 6-19-2 counting all 27 games she has been a head coach or co-interim head coach. Prior to becoming a head coach, she served as an assistant at the school for seven seasons.
Filling up the Stat Sheet: Despite playing just six of 20 games, Cuellar posted team-leading figures in most of the major stat categories: goals (6), points (15) and shot percentage (.231). Cuellar didn't achieve the team lead in these categories by a small margin either; despite missing 14 games, her six goals doubled the number two goal-scorer on the squad, her 15 points were nine more than her closest competition and her .231 shot percentage was 55 points higher than the second highest percentage. Her one game-winning goal and three assists tied for the most on the team.
Jetting into the Record Books: Senior goalkeeper Ashley Jett recorded 104 saves in 2010, the most in the Pac-10. Arizona has had a rich history at her position; since 2001, seven UA goalkeepers have led the Pac-10 in saves. Her 104 saves are the second most in the conference since UA's Chelsea McIntyrestopped 109 shots on goal in 2006. For the 2011 season, Jett is second in the conference in saves with 44 and an average of 4.89 per game.
Up Next: Next week, the Wildcats return to Murphey Field at Mulcahy Stadium for its first two conference home matches, hosting Oregon on Friday, October 7 at 7 p.m., and Oregon State on Sunday, October 9 at noon.
For complete results from the event and continued coverage of Arizona Wildcat women's soccer, visit ArizonaWildcats.com.