Nov. 4, 2003
WHAT'S HAPPENING: The University of Arizona women's soccer team (5-10-2 overall, 1-5-1 Pac-10) will wrap up the 2003 season on the road in Washington this weekend. The Wildcats will play at Washington State on Friday, Nov. 7, at 2 p.m. PST, then the Cats close the season with a match at 13th-ranked Washington on Sunday, Nov. 9, at 1 p.m. PST.
ABOUT ARIZONA: The Wildcats stand at 5-10-2 overall and 1-5-1 in Pac-10 play after being swept by Oregon State (2-1) and Oregon (1-0) at home last weekend.
The Cats need to win just one more contest to match last season's victory total of six. Arizona has already equalled last year's conference win total and is guaranteed to finish with a better Pac-10 winning percentage than last season, which was .111 on a 1-8-0 mark.
With six goals and two assists (14 points) each, sophomore midfielder Mallory Miller and junior forward Candice Wilks are tied for the Wildcat scoring lead. There is also a tie for third on the scoring chart, with freshman midfielder Erin Bevacqua (3 goals) and freshman forward Lauren Winters (2 goals, 2 assist) tallying six points apiece.
Miller leads the squad with 53 shots on the season, including a team-best 23 shots on-goal. Wilks and sophomore midfielder Lisa Kosena are tied for second in shots, each with 30 on the season. Wilks' total includes 16 shots on-goal, while Winters has logged 14 shots on-goal.
Sophomore goalkeeper Natalie Juarez has started 14 games this season, registering 57 saves, two shutouts and a 1.58 goals-against average in 1253 minutes of play. Junior keeper Krystal Werges has seen action in six matches, tallying seven saves, one shutout and a 1.99 GA average in 317 minutes.
FAMILIAR FACES: Wildcat head coach Dan Tobias will return to familiar territory when his squad plays at Washington State on Friday. Tobias came to Arizona in June after spending five seasons as the head coach for the Cougars. He had a 44-45-6 mark in his five years at WSU.
Assistant coach Lisa Oyen also spent two seasons as part of the Washington State staff before following Tobias to Arizona.
ABOUT WASHINGTON STATE: The Cougars are 6-9-2 overall and 2-3-2 in Pac-10 play after a fairly successful weekend in the Bay Area. WSU played California to a scoreless tie on Friday, then defeated Stanford, 1-0, on Sunday.
Senior midfielder Rachel Rodrick leads Washington State in scoring, with five goals and one assist (11 points). Fellow senior Nicole Wilcox is a close second, with four goals and two assists (10 points), followed by senior forward Shelby Brownfield with two goals and one assist (five points). Sophomore goalkeeper Katie Hultin has played the majority of time in-goal for WSU, recording 64 saves, seven shutouts and a 0.84 goals-against average in 1283 minutes of action.
First-year head coach Matt Potter is 6-9-2 with the Cougars. He joined the WSU staff in February of 2003 as an assistant under Tobias.
THE SERIES vs. WASHINGTON STATE: WSU has a solid 6-1-1 lead in the series with Arizona, including a 4-2 win over the Wildcats in Tucson last season. The Cats' only win in the series was a 1-0 shutout on Oct. 19, 1997, in Pullman.
LAST MEETING WITH WASHINGTON STATE: Arizona fell to Washington State, 4-2, in the Cats' home finale on Nov. 3 of last season.
The Wildcats created quite a few opportunities for themselves early in the game. Less than two minutes into the contest, senior midfielder Naomi Chu sent a serve from the left side to Candice Wilks in the box, but it was just a little too hard, as WSU goalkeeper Sara Leibowitz was able to stop the ball before Wilks got a foot on it.
Jennifer Klein had the Cats' first shot of the match at 10:46, a long lob from about 20 yards out that went wide right. Five minutes later, Mallory Miller also took a long shot from 25 yards away that went wide right as well.
In the 21st minute, Nicole Wilcox put the Cougars on the board first with a carry through the Wildcat defense that was set up by Shelby Brownfield. Arizona responded with its own goal nine minutes later, when Courtney Moseley curled a direct kick around the WSU wall and into the goal. The contest was tied 1-1 at the break.
Wildcat defender Lindsey Peeples began the second half with her header that went wide left at 49:47. The Cougars went ahead, 2-1, at 54:59 when Nicole Wilcox sent a long serve from the right to Jenna Wirtz, who scored off a header from about 10 yards on the left side.
Arizona answered with a nearly identical goal six minutes later. Wilks dropped in a serve from the right side to Kelly Nelson, who sent her own header into the goal from about 10 yards out in the center. In the 68th minute, Nelson had another chance at the goal, but her header was stopped in time by Leibowitz. At 73:30, Washington State went ahead for good with a goal from Shelby Brownfield, then Alix Rustrum capped the win with a breakaway goal in the 88th minute
ABOUT WASHINGTON: Ranked No. 13 in the NSCAA Coaches Poll and No. 24 in the Soccer America Top 25 this week, the Huskies are 10-5-3 overall and 3-3-1 in Pac-10 play after splitting with the Bay Area schools last weekend. UW lost at Stanford, 3-0, on Oct. 31 but rebounded to beat California, 3-1, on Nov. 2. The Huskies will face Arizona State on Friday prior to playing host to the Wildcats on Sunday.
With 12 goals and three assists (27 points), junior forward Tina Frimpong leads Washington in scoring. Sophomore forward Kim Taylor is the squad's second-leading scorer, with three goals and seven assists (13 points), followed closely by senior forward Melissa Bennett with two goals and eight assists (12 points). Senior goalkeeper Lisa Brookens has seen the majority of action in-goal for the Huskies, with 14 starts, and has registered 54 saves, two shutouts and a 1.03 goals-against average in 1221 minutes of play.
Washington head coach Lesle Gallimore (California, 1986) holds a 112-72-13 record in 10 seasons with the Huskies. She has a career record of 144-97-22 in 14 seasons as a head coach.
THE SERIES vs. WASHINGTON: The Huskies hold a 7-1-0 advantage in the series with Arizona. The Cats slipped past UW, 2-1 in overtime, last year to gain their first-ever win over the Huskies.
LAST MEETING WITH WASHINGTON: Kelly Nelson scored the game-winning goal midway through the second extra period as Arizona defeated Washington, 2-1, in overtime at home on Nov. 1, 2002. The win was Arizona's first-ever victory over the Huskies, who were ranked No. 20 in the Soccer America Top 25 at the time, and ended a six-game losing skid for the Wildcats.
The first half was a frustrating one for the Wildcats, as they had several good runs but just couldn't get off solid shot attempts. Each team had only one shot on-goal through the first 35 minutes of the game. Several of the Cats' crosses were stifled early by Washington goalkeeper Hope Solo. The contest was scoreless at halftime, although UW had an 8-2 advantage in shots.
Less than three minutes into the second half, Washington's Melissa Bennett sent a pass through traffic up the left side to Kim Taylor, who scored the first goal of the game at 47:26. The Cats countered quickly with their own attempt at 52:14, as Candice Wilks sent a serve from the right side to Mallory Miller, whose hard shot from the top of the box was poked away by Solo.
Arizona kept pounding away at the Washington defense, including a close shot in the 61st minute by Kelly Nelson that hit the near post and bounced out-of-bounds. The Wildcats' persistence paid off in the final minute of the contest, when senior defender Tymarie Novak sent a left-footed volley from the top of the box over Solo's head with just 57 seconds left in regulation. Arizona out-shot UW, 8-4, in the second period.
The first overtime period didn't result in much more than a few corner kicks, but both teams stepped up the intensity in the second overtime. Husky Tina Frimpong took a shot in the 102nd minute that was blocked by the Wildcat defense, and in the 104th minute, UA's Candice Wilks sent a shot high over the crossbar. The moment of truth came just a minute later, when Wilks sent a cross into the box for Kelly Nelson, who chipped in the game-winner at 104:49.
The contest was even in all the statistical categories. Washington had a narrow 13-12 edge in total shots, but the shots on-goal were equal at seven apiece. The Cats and Huskies also had six corner kicks and three offsides each. Goalkeeper Natalie Juarez tallied six saves in the nets for Arizona while allowing just one goal, and Solo ended the contest with five saves.
RECAPPING LAST WEEK'S WILDCAT ACTION: Playing their final home series of the season, the Wildcats were swept by the Oregon schools last weekend.
Despite out-shooting Oregon State, 20-6, for the contest, Arizona was edged by the Beavers, 2-1, at home on Oct. 31. The Wildcats jumped on the Beavers right from the start, getting off four solid shots in the first 14 minutes of play. Oregon State had only two shots in the first half, but the Beavers capitalized on their second shot, when Brianna Monka scored off an assist by Liz Money at 15:48.
The Cats took nine more shots in the first half and didn't allow OSU another shot during the period, but Arizona was unable to dent the net. The Beavers led, 1-0, at the half, although Arizona had a 13-2 advantage in shots for the period.
The two teams traded shots for the next 15 minutes, then OSU's Lindsey Beem sent a through ball to Tessa Baker, who got behind the Arizona defense and scored the game-winner in the 71st minute. Arizona out-shot Oregon State, 3-1, over the final 19 minutes of the match but wasn't able to convert.
Arizona ended the game with a 10-5 edge in shots on-goal. Mallory Miller finished with a game-high seven shots, including four on-goal, for the Cats. Kosena contributed four shots of her own, while Kelly Nelson tallied three shots. Goalkeeper Natalie Juarez played the full 90 minutes in-goal, logging three saves.
Playing their final home match of the 2003 season, the Wildcats fell to Oregon, 1-0, on Nov. 2. Although Oregon managed three shots in the first 11 minutes of the match, the Wildcats took over offensively midway through the first half. In the 16th minute, Vanesha Bailey carried the ball through the Duck defense and seemed to have a sure shot, until Oregon goalkeeper Domenique Lainez stopped the ball at Bailey's feet just eight yards from the goal.
The Cats kept working and had another great opportunity taken away from them in the 27th minute. Lisa Kosena sent a corner kick from the right side to Cassie Daniels, whose header was stopped just on the goal line by an Oregon defender. The contest was scoreless at the half.
Oregon wasted no time in the second half ending the shutout. In the 51st minute, Nicole Garbin and Erin Engelhardt put together a double-assist that set up the only goal of the match, scored by Andrea Valadez at 50:31.
The Wildcats made several forays into Duck territory during the remainder of the match but couldn't seem to achieve quality shots. Arizona had just four attempts in the second half, to Oregon's seven.
The Ducks finished the match with a12-9 advantage in shots, including a 7-4 lead in shots on-goal. For the Wildcats, Lauren Winters logged a team-high three shots, with one on-goal, while Kosena and Kelly Nelson had two shots each. Earning her 14th start of the season, goalkeeper Natalie Juarez played all 90 minutes in-goal, logging six saves.
ARIZONA HEAD COACH Dan Tobias: First-year head coach Dan Tobias (Cal Poly, 1987) is 5-10-2 with the Wildcats. He holds a career record of 49-55-8 over six years, five of which were spent at the helm of the Washington State program. Tobias was the 2002 Pac-10 Coach of the Year after guiding the Cougars to a third-place finish in the conference and their second NCAA tournament appearance in three years.
Assistant coach Harold Warren (Cal Poly Pomona, 2002) is also in his first year with the Wildcats. He came to the UA after spending the 2002 season on the women's soccer staff at UC Irvine.
CATS SET NEW CORNER KICKS MARK: Arizona has set a new school record for single-season corner kicks, with 115 on the year. The Wildcats have smashed the old record of 97 set by the 2002 squad.
BACK TO HER OLD FORM: Junior forward Candice Wilks has either scored or assisted eight of Arizona's 21 goals so far this season. With such production, it appears as though she's back to the form of her freshman year (2001), when she was the Cats' top scorer with eight goals and three assists (19 points). Playing primarily in the midfield last year, Wilks registered just two assists for the season.
KEEP SHOOTING: The Wildcats have out-shot their opponents, 246-180, for the season. That means the Cats are taking an average of almost four more shots per game than their opponents.
Arizona also has an enormous 115-42 advantage in corner kicks already this year, further proof that the Cats are spending much more time in the opponent's third than in their own. At Montana on Sept. 26, the Wildcats set a new school record with 14 corner kicks, breaking the original mark of 12 set previously on Oct. 21, 2001, against Oregon State.
ARIZONA'S RECORD WHEN: This season, the Wildcats are... 5-2-2 when tied or leading at the half... 3-2-0 when scoring two goals or more... 5-1-2 when giving up just one goal or less.
TWICE IS NICE: Traditionally, the Cats have fared rather well when scoring two or more goals in a match. They have won three of the five matches this year in which they have scored more than one goal. Over the 10 years of Wildcat soccer, the UA has a 41-23-2 record when scoring two goals or more.
CLOSE BUT...: The outcome of 12 of the Wildcats' 17 games so far this season has been decided by one goal or less. In the 10-year history of the Arizona soccer program, 80 matches have been decided by that one-goal-or-less differential.
TOUGH SCHEDULE: Four of Arizona's 2003 opponents are either nationally ranked or received votes for ranking in this week's polls.
In the NSCAA Coaches Poll, UCLA is No. 2, and Washington is No. 13. The Soccer America Top 25 has UCLA at No. 2, Arizona State is No. 22, and Washington at No. 24. In the Soccer Buzz Magazine Top 25, UCLA is holding down the No. 3 spot, while Arizona State and Washington received votes for ranking. According to the SoccerTimes.com Top 25, UCLA is No. 2, and Washington is No. 14. USC and Arizona State received votes for ranking.
CURRENT CATS AMONG UA CAREER LEADERS: Junior forward Candice Wilks is third on the UA career list for total points (35), is tied for third in game-winning goals (3), tied for third in goals scored (14), fourth in total shots (98), and is tied for fourth in assists (7).
Junior midfielder Vanesha Bailey is seventh in career assists (6), tied for seventh in total points (22), tied for seventh in games started (53) and is tied for ninth in goals scored (8). Sophomore midfielder Mallory Miller is third in total shots (100), is tied for third in game-winning goals (3), tied for eighth in assists (5) and tied for ninth in total goals (8).
Sophomore forward Kelly Nelson is fifth in career goals scored (13) and fifth in total points (29). Sophomore midfielders Lisa Kosena and Erin Clewett are both tied for eighth in career assists, with five apiece. Junior defender Lindsey Peeples is tied for seventh in career games started, with 53.
Sophomore goalkeeper Natalie Juarez is first in fewest career goals allowed (52), second in career goals-against average (2.10), fourth in goalkeeping minutes played (2224), fourth in saves (127) and fourth in solo shutouts (2).
THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME: The Wildcats have a 26-38-4 record in eight seasons playing on their home field, Murphey Stadium.
ON LOCATION: Arizona is 3-5-1 at home this year, 2-4-0 in road contests and 0-1-1 in neutral matches. The Wildcats were 4-5-0 at home last season, 1-7-0 on the road and 1-0-1 in neutral games.