WHAT’S HAPPENING: The 16th-ranked University of Arizona women’s soccer team (9-4-3 overall, 4-1-1 Pac-10) will take on intra-state rival Arizona State (8-6-3 overall, 3-2-1 Pac-10) for its final regular season home game on Saturday, Oct. 29. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Murphey Field at Lohse Stadium.
LAST TIME OUT: The Wildcats returned home to take on California and Stanford. The Wildcats tied the Golden Bears, 0-0, on Friday night and defeated the Cardinal, 2-1, on Sunday.
In Friday’s game, the first shot came from California at 10:14 from Chioma Igwe. Arizona’s first shot was in the 13th minute by senior Jennifer Klein. The Wildcats posted two shots in the first half, while the Golden Bears had five.
The biggest chance in the second half came in the 65th minute when California forward Liz Eisenberg had a breakaway that was stopped by Wildcat defender Savanah Levake. Less than five minutes later, sophomore goalkeeper McCall Smith made a diving save to stop a shot from California’s Julia Schnugg.
The two teams battled through two scoreless overtimes, ending the game 0-0.
Smith and California goalkeeper Ashley Sulprizio each earned a shutout. Smith posted 10 saves, while Sulprizio posted five.
In Sunday’s game versus Stanford, senior Mallory Miller scored the first goal at 19:51 with a penalty kick. Arizona posted 11 shots in the first half, while Stanford had eight.
Stanford’s Kate Mannino tied the game with a goal off of a pass from Lizzy George in the 56th minute. Miller scored her second goal of the afternoon, her 17th of the season, in the 79th minute. The goal was a result of a free kick caused by a Stanford hand ball.
Arizona goalkeeper McCall Smith allowed one score on 11 shots on goal, while Stanford’s Erica Holland allowed two goals off of nine shots on goal.
Head coach Dan Tobias did not coach in either game to serve his two-game suspension as a result of a red card received on Oct. 16 vs. Washington State.
ABOUT ARIZONA STATE: ASU holds an 8-6-3 overall and a 3-2-1 Pac-10 record. The Sun Devils losses have come to No. 5 Santa Clara, UNLV, Dartmouth, No. 12 Brigham Young, Oregon State and No. 10 California. ASU has yet to defeat a ranked opponent. Last weekend, the Sun Devils tied No. 25 Stanford, 0-0, and lost to No. 10 California, 1-0.
Arizona State’s offensive leader is senior Elizabeth Bogus, with 11 goals and six points. The Sun Devils’ goalkeeper is junior Kim Bingham. Bingham has played in all 17 games and has a goals against average of 1.23, with 22 goals allowed.
The Sun Devils returned 16 letterwinners, including eight starters, from the 2004 squad that finished the season with a 8-9-2 overall record and a 4-3-2 Pac-10 record good enough for a tie for a fourth place finish in the conference.
Arizona State is coached by Ray Leone, who is in his fifth season with the Sun Devils. He has earned a 51-35-11 record.
Sun Devils vs. Cats: Arizona has yet to defeat Arizona State, trailing the series 0-9-1 all-time. In the last meeting, Arizona State defeated Arizona 1-0, on Oct. 22, 2004 in Tempe, Ariz.
SENIOR NIGHT: Saturday is senior night at Lohse Stadium. Kamaya Damwijk, Nikki David, Althea Jones, Jennifer Klein, Mallory Miller and Kelly Nelson will be recognized for their contributions to the program prior to kickoff.
ARIZONA IN THE RANKINGS: Soccer America has ranked the Wildcats as No. 16, while Soccer Buzz Magazine has the Wildcats in the No. 18 spot. Additionally, Soccer Buzz placed the Wildcats as the No. 6-ranked team in the West Region.
Pac-10 IN THE RANKINGS: In addition to Arizona’s rankings in the top-25 polls, UCLA is ranked No. 4 in the Soccer America, Soccer Buzz, and the NSCAA poll. California stands as the No. 14, No. 10 and No. 9 in the Soccer America, Soccer Buzz and NSCAA polls, respectively. Stanford is ranked No. 17 in the Soccer America poll and No. 27 in the Soccer Buzz poll.
Pac-10 STANDINGS: With a 4-1-1 Pac-10 record, the Wildcats sit at third in the conference standings. UCLA and California are the two undefeated teams in the conference and are currently tied for first with a record of 4-0-1.
1. UCLA (13) 4-0-1 14-1-1
California (13) 4-0-1 11-2-2
3. Arizona (13) 4-1-1 9-4-3
4. USC (10) 3-1-1 9-4-2
5. Arizona State (10) 3-2-1 8-6-3
6. Oregon State (7) 2-2-1 9-5-1
Stanford (7) 2-2-1 8-5-2
8. Washington State (4) 1-4-1 8-7-2
9. Oregon (0) 0-5-0 8-6-1
10. Washington (0) 0-6-0 0-14-3
The Wildcats remaining opponents in the regular season, Arizona State, UCLA, and USC, all sit in the top half of the current conference standings.
RECORD BREAKING PERFORMANCES: As a senior, Miller has broken 11 of the 12 season and career records at UA. Miller has broken all records except for career games played, which she is on track to break in the Wildcats final regular season game in Los Angeles versus USC.
MILLER NATIONALLY: Miller is the eighth-leading scorer in the nation with 17 goals and a goals per game of 1.0625.
Miller also ranks ninth in the nation in points per game with 2.375 (38 total points).
INDIVIDUALLY IN THE Pac-10: Miller leads the Pac-10 in total points, points per game, goals, goals per game and game-winning goals.
Sophomore goalkeeper McCall Smith leads the Pac-10 in saves and saves per game. Additionally, Smith is second in shutouts with seven.
Miller is second in game-winning goals with five, while fellow senior Nikki David is tied for sixth in assists with four.
ARIZONA IN THE Pac: The Wildcats’ hold a Pac-10 record of 4-1-1. At this point last season, the Wildcats were 4-2. The Wildcats finished in 2004 with a 6-3 Pac-10 mark for the best conference record in the history of the program and the Pac-10 title
STARTING LINEUP: In Arizona’s last eight games head coach Dan Tobias has used the same starting lineup. The defensive starters have been sophomores Kaity Heath and Claire Bodiya, and freshmen Brianna Caceres and Savanah Levake. In the midfield, seniors Jennifer Klein and Kamaya Damwijk, junior Erin Bevacqua and sophomore Nicole Scheid have started. Seniors Kelly Nelson and Mallory Miller have played forward.
HOME CROWD: In five home matches this season, the Wildcats have an average attendance of 714 at Lohse Stadium. The biggest crowd of 972 was on Friday, Sept. 16 at home versus then-No. 25 Utah.
The largest crowd the Wildcats have played in front of was in Portland, Ore. 3,657 fans filled the stadium.
STARTING LINEUP: Six Wildcats have started every match this season. Seniors Mallory Miller and Jennifer Klein, junior Erin Bevacqua, sophomores Claire Bodiya, Nicole Scheid, McCall Smith, and freshman Brianna Caceres have all been on the field during each kickoff.
IN THE NETS: Sophomore goalie McCall Smith is coming off of a freshman season in which she broke four of the program’s goalkeeping records and was named a finalist for Freshman of the Year. Smith has started every game for the Wildcats since stepping onto the field as a freshman.
She increased her lead Arizona’s career leader in shutouts with 18 on last Friday against California.
HEAD COACH DAN TOBIAS: In 2004, Tobias led the Wildcats to a 15-6 overall record. Additionally the 6-3 Pac-10 record gave Arizona its first Pac-10 championship in the history of the program.
For his efforts, Tobias was the first coach in Arizona soccer history to be named Pac-10 Coach of the Year. Tobias is the second coach to receive Pac-10 Coach of the Year accolades twice, after being named 2002 Coach of the Year while at Washington State. USC’s Jim Millinder accomplished the feat in 1996 and 1998.
Additionally, Tobias received national recognition by being named 2004 National Coach of the Year by Soccer America. The National Soccer Coaches Association of America and Soccer Buzz Magazine also named him West Region Coach of the Year.