Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
UA Soccer to play two of last three non-conference matches
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: September 22, 2010
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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Sept. 22, 2010

Arizona at Loyola Marymount University
4pm | Friday, Sept. 24
Los Angeles, Calif.

Arizona vs. Utah
7pm | Sunday, Sept. 26
Murphey Field at Mulcahy Stadium

TUCSON--The Arizona women's soccer team will hit the road this weekend to Los Angles on Friday, September 24 to take on Loyola Marymount University at 4pm. On Sunday, the Cats will return to Murphey Field at Mulcahy Stadium to host the University of Utah at 7pm.

About the Lions: Loyola Marymount took a pair of shutout wins over Utah State and Penn last week, to improve their record to 6-2. Against Utah State, the Lions hit both the goals in the second half, one in the 62nd and one in the 78th. Leading scorer for LMU, Tawni Martino headed the ball into the net off a failed clearance to put them on the board. Against Penn, LMU's Lily Sorentino scored in the 14th minute of play to go up 1-0. Loyola Marymount out shot Penn 12-9, and 6-2 for on-goal attempts.

About the Utes: Last week, Utah traveled to Santa Clara, Calif. and lost to both Stanford, and the home team Santa Clara. In the 6-1 loss to the No. 2 team in the nation, Lauren Porter hit her first goal of the season in the 33rd minute of play. Against Santa Clara on Sunday, Utah (1-9), was out shot 16-6, and 7-4 in on-goal attempts in the 1-0 loss.

Last Week: Arizona (2-4-2) hosted the Cats Classic Presented by Loews Ventana Canyon Resort last weekend, and tied with Central Florida before losing to Ohio State.

Against Central Florida, the Knights went up 1-0 early in the 16th minute, and Wildcat freshman Ana Montoya hit the equalizer off a feed from sophomore Ariel Boulicault in the 58th. The tie with UCF marks Arizona's second this season, following the tie 1-1 with Northern Arizona on Sept. 3.

Sunday, the Wildcats took on Ohio State, and lost 5-1. The Wildcats were out shot 16-8 on the day, and 12-3 for on-goal attempts. Freshman Jensen Skinner's goal off her corner kick in the 74th minute saved Arizona from it's second shutout loss of the 2010 season.

Wildcat freshmen: Arizona boasts an extremely young team this season with the addition of twelve newcomers: Ana Montoya, Kenzie Akerfelds, Jessica Fitzgerald, Jensen Skinner, Jazmin Ponce, Gabrielle Lindeman, Shannon Heinzler, Samantha Cummings, MacKenzie Jaroch, Amy Olson, and goalkeepers Lorena Aragon and Jamie Wilkinson.

In the first seven matches of the season, six freshmen have been given nods to start, and another four have come in off the bench.

In the Top 100: Arizona has two freshmen named in the College Freshmen Top 100 Women rankings for the week of September 20: Jensen Skinner (57) and Jazmin Ponce (81).

Experience in the net: Junior Ashley Jett currently first in the Pac-10 Conference in saves, with 38, and leads the conference in saves per game, with an average of 6.33 saves

Wildcat leaders: Leading the Arizona team this year are the three seniors, Alex Davis, Macke Mutz, and Becky Barry. Last season, Davis took 23 shots, second most on the team, and scored her first career goal against ASU (Oct. 23). Mutz notched 19 started at midfield last season, and developed in to one of Arizona's top team leaders on and off the field. Barry struggled with injures last season, and only appeared in 9 games. She will bring solid leadership to the defensive end of the program.

Challenging Schedule: The Wildcats have a challenging schedule in the 2010 season, facing very strong conference who has received nods from the NSCAA Soccer Rankings:
  21-Arizona State
  Oregon State has also received votes toward the rankings.

Looking Ahead: Next week, the Wildcats have one more match until conference play begins, hosting the University of San Francisco on Sunday, October 3rd at 1pm.

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