On Saturday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m. Arizona will host No. 16 BYU.? The game will be held at Murphey Field at Mulcahy Stadium, located at 15th Street and Plumber Ave.
Last Week Recap
Over the weekend the Cats went 1-1, in a pair of shutouts.? On Friday, Arizona defeat Creighton, 2-0.? The Cats scored two minutes into the game off a corner kick from Jasmine Namdar, which was headed in by Jasmin Day.? Day recorded her team-leading fourth goal of the year.? ˇ?It was nice to score two minutes into the game,ˇ± head coach Dan Tobias said.? ˇ?It was a sign of good things to come.ˇ±?
For the next 40 minutes the score remained at 1-0, but not by a lack of effort from the Wildcats. The Cats had several opportunities to score but could not put the ball in the net.? With 10 seconds remaining in the half, Leila Amini took a ball deflected off the crossbar and delivered it to Karina Camacho inside the goal box for a goal.? Camachoˇ?s goal was her second of the year.
The second half had no scoring, but again the Cats had several opportunities; the Cats out-shot the Jays 14-4 ?C over the course of the contest.? Freshman goalkeeper Danielle Nicolai recorded her second collegiate shutout.? Of the three shots on goal the Jays had, Nicolai saved them all.
On Sunday, Arizona lost to San Diego State, 1-0.? ˇ?The effort was just not there; we didnˇ?t do enough to get the win today,ˇ± head coach Dan Tobias said.? ˇ?But give San Diego State credit, they earned this win.ˇ±? With less than three minutes remaining in the first half, the Wildcats were called for a foul just outside their goal box, giving the Aztecs a free kick.? Sophomore defender Millie Allen took the free kick and put it in the back of the Wildcatsˇ? net.? ˇ?It was an unnecessary foul that gave San Diego State the free kick that led to the goal,ˇ± Tobias said.?
Arizona had limited opportunities in the second half to score, and failed to put points on the board.? ˇ?Again, itˇ?s not tucking away our chances that lead to outcomes like this,ˇ± said Tobias.? ˇ?It all comes back to effort; I felt we showed more effort in the second half then in the first.ˇ±
Coach Dan Tobias
Arizona head coach Dan Tobias is in his fifth season at Arizona.? In 2003, Tobias took over a program that in its nine previous seasons had never had a winning record, and soon he had the Wildcats as contenders in both the Pac-10 and national championship picture.? Tobias carries a 45-40-7 overall record with the Wildcats.? He has earned Pac-10 Coach of the Year honors twice, in 2002, with Washington State and 2004, with Arizona, as well as National Coach of the Year in 2004 by Soccer America.? In 2004 Tobias also received West Region Coach of the Year by Soccer Buzz and NSCAA West Region Coach of the Year honors as well.? In 2004 Tobias led UA to its first Pac-10 title and followed that with a trip to the Sweet 16 in 2005.
About the Cougars
The BYU Cougars are coached by Jenifer Rockwood.? Rockwood is currently in her 13 th?season as the Cougars head coach, and 18 th?with the program.? She carries a 193-61-18 record in her 12 previous years.? She currently has the 16 th?ranked Cougars 8-0-2 on the season.? She is a two-time coach of the year (1996 Western Athletic Conference and 2003 Mountain West Conference).? With a 2-0 win over UW-Milwaukee in September of 2000, Rockwell became the first MWC coach to reach 100 victories.?
Last year the Cougars were 13-3-4 and finished second in the MWC.? BYU returns top scorer, junior forward/midfielder Katie Larkin who had seven goals and five assists for 19 points in the 2006 season.? She has already eclipsed last yearˇ?s goal total with eight goals on the year and one assist for 17 points.
The Cougars also return senior goalkeeper Erika Woodbury.? Woodbury had a 10-3-3 record as a starter last year, allowing 0.52 goals/per.? She had 63 saves and saved .851 of shots on goal.? This year Woodbury has allowed an average on 0.19 goals/per, 39 saves and saved .951 of shots on goal.? The Cougars share four common opponents as UA, including Cal Poly SLO (0-0 T 2OT), Utah, San Diego State, and New Mexico.?
BYU leads the all-time series 5-1-0.
9/13/99 BYU 3 Arizona 1
10/28/00 BYU 3 Arizona 2
9/28/01 BYU 2 Arizona 0
9/23/04 BYU 0 Arizona 1
10/1/05 BYU 2 Arizona 1
9/25/06 BYU 1 Arizona 0
Against Ranked Opponents
The Cats are 1-2 against ranked opponents this season.? They have defeated No. 4 Texas, 2-0, and lost to No. 10 Virginia, 4-0, and No. 2 Santa Clara, 1-0 in double-overtime.? Prior to the victory over No. 4 Texas on Sept. 9, the last time the Wildcats won a game against a ranked opponent was 2005, when the Cats defeated No. 25 Utah and No. 21 Stanford.? This was the same year the Cats advanced to the Sweet 16.? The last time the Wildcats defeated an opponent ranked as high as the fourth-ranked Longhorns was Oct. 8, 2004 when the Cats beat No. 4 Washington; the same year the Cat won the Pac-10 title.? Also in 2004 the Wildcats defeated No. 5 UCLA.
Leading the Pac
Jasmine Namdar and Samantha Drees are tied for fifth in the Pac-10 in assists with three assists a piece.? Namdar ranks tied for 10th in assists/game with 0.33 assists/game.? Jasmin Day remains in the top 10 for goals (tied for eighth) with four and points (tied for 10th) with nine.? Danielle Nicolai ranks second in the conference in saves with 36, third in saves per game with 3.60 saves/game, fifth in shutouts with two.? Once again Arizona ranks in the upper half of the conference in attendance with a 659 average.