Oct. 5, 2011
Arizona (0-9-2, 0-2-1) vs. Oregon (6-5-1, 1-2-0) Friday, Oct. 7 7:00 p.m. MST Tucson, Ariz. Murphey Field at Mulcahy Stadium
Arizona (0-9-2, 0-2-1) vs. Oregon State (8-3-1, 2-1-0) Sunday, Oct. 9 12:00 p.m. MST Tucson, Ariz. Murphey Field at Mulcahy Stadium
TUCSON, Ariz. -University of Arizona Wildcat women's soccer returns home to Murphey Field at Mulcahy Stadium for a pair of Pac-12 showdowns this weekend. Friday, October 7, the Cats will take on Oregon at 7 p.m., and Sunday, October 9, Arizona will face Oregon State at noon.
Last Time Out: Last weekend, Arizona (0-9-2, 0-2-1) took on the newest members of the Pac-12 Conference, Colorado and Utah. In the Cats' first-ever match against the Buffaloes on Friday; junior Susana Melendez put Arizona up 1-0 with a goal in the 36th minute of the match. Colorado's Anne Stuller scored a pair of goals in the 49th and 75th minutes, but junior Jessica Culver's goal in the 85th forced a pair of overtime periods that led to the 2-2 tie.
Sunday, sophomore Ana-Maria Montoya scored a goal in the 26th minute of the 3-1 loss. Montoya led the Cats with four shot attempts, while fellow sophomore Jazmin Ponce added another three. In the first half the Wildcats narrowly out-shot the Utes 7-6.
Noting the Ducks: Last week, Oregon (6-5-1, 1-2-0) traveled the Los Angeles to face UCLA and USC, and took home a loss and a win. In Friday's match, the Bruins out-shot Oregon 17-4 in the 1-0 shutout loss. Oregon's only shot on goal of the match came from Kelsey Foo. Goalie Abby Steele grabbed five saves for the day. Sunday at USC, the Ducks were once again out-shot, 14-9, but were able to connect with the goal twice in the 2-1 victory. The first Oregon goal came in the 33rd minute by Scout Libke, and the second, the game winner, was hit by Bri Pough in the 63rd.
Noting the Beavers: Last week, Oregon State (8-3-1, 2-1-0) took home a win and a loss to USC and UCLA. At USC, the Beavers narrowly out shot the Trojans 9-8 in the 1-0 overtime victory. The game's lone goal was scored by Jenna Richardson in the 95 minute. In Sunday's 1-0 loss, the UCLA defense dominated, holding Oregon State to only three shots and one on-goal attempt.
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 Jett returns 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 DeFelice came off the bench and recorded one on-goal shot attempt.
Head Coach Lisa Oyen: Lisa Oyen enters 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 McIntyre stopped 109 shots on goal in 2006. For the 2011 season, Jett is second in the conference in saves with 56 and an average of 5.09 per game.
Up Next: The Cats remain at home next week, hosting California next Friday, October 14, at 7 p.m. on Murphey Field at Mulcahy Stadium.
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