WHAT’S HAPPENING: The Arizona women’s soccer team (1-1-0 overall, 0-0-0 Pac-10) will travel to San Luis Obispo, Calif. to compete against Cal-Poly this Sunday, Sept. 4. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
LAST TIME OUT: The Wildcats started the season on the right foot with a 2-0 victory over Missouri (0-1-1). Arizona then travelled to Malibu, Calif., for its first road match of the season. The Wildcats lost 3-1 to Pepperdine (2-0), last Sunday.
In Friday’s game against Missouri,The Wildcats and the Tigers battled through the beginning of the first half with each side having its opportunities. With 32:21 remaining in the half, David subbed into the game and almost immediately passed the ball to senior Mallory Miller who then placed the ball in the back of the net to give the Wildcats the 1-0 lead. Less than a minute later, Bevacqua passed the ball through two defenders to give Miller an open shot and the Wildcats a two-goal advantage.
Sophomore goalkeeper McCall Smith played all 90 minutes and earned her first shutout of the season by posting five saves.
Freshman defender Brianna Caceres was the lone freshman to start the season opener. Freshmen London King and Gianna DeSaverio saw time off of the bench.
In action on Sunday, the Wildcats posted the first score at 6:21 into the game when senior Jennifer Klein shot the ball and freshman London King got the rebound to score her first goal in her collegiate career.
The Wildcats held a 1-0 lead at halftime. At 70:47, Pepperdine junior Lindsey Redlin tied the game with a header goal. The Waves then took the lead with less than five minutes remaining in regulation when senior Megan Woods placed a cross received from Redlin in the back of the net. Redlin scored the second goal of the game at 88:19 to give Pepperdine the 3-1 victory.
CONNECTIONS: Wildcat Head Coach Dan Tobias spent four seasons as an assistant coach for Cal-Poly from 1994-97, where he was a part of the program’s building under Head Coach Alex Crozier. The Mustangs went 56-21-4 while Tobias was with the program, including a Big West title in 1997.
ABOUT CAL-POLY SAN LUIS OBISPO: The Mustangs are 2-0 on the early season after winning their first two games on the road. On Friday, Cal-Poly defeated Purdue, 1-0. Junior Sharon Day had the lone goal off of a corner kick. The Mustangs remained in West Lafayette, Ind., to take on Detroit. Cal-Poly defeated the Titans, 3-0, with all three goals coming in the second half. Day and freshmen Kaitlyn Lux and Ashley Vallis were the goal scorers.
The Mustangs started two different goalies over the weekend. Sophomore goalie Jessica Murray played all 90 minutes in the Mustangs’ match against Purdue. She earned a shutout by posting seven savs. Against Detroit, sophomore Alli Tramel also earned a shutout with two saves.
Cal-Poly returns six starters and 18 letterwinners from a squad that went 11-3-6 overall and placed third in the Big West with a conference record of 5-1-3. The 2004 squad reached the first round of the NCAA Tournament where it lost to Stanford.
Head Coach Alex Crozier is in his 14th season as the Mustangs’ coach. During that time, he has coached Cal Poly to a 167-75-23 record.
Wildcats vs. Mustangs:The Wildcats and the Mustangs have met twice in the program’s history with both teams winning one game each. The most recent meeting came on Sept. 1, 2002, when the Wildcats defeated the Mustangs, 1-0, in Tucson.
ARIZONA IN THE RANKINGS: The National Soccer Coaches’ Association of America has ranked the Wildcats No. 18 nationally. Arizona also received recognition from Soccer Buzz as the No. 28 team nationally and seventh-ranked team in the West Region.
ON THE RIGHT FOOT:Friday marked the fifth time in the program’s history that the Wildcats have won the first game of the season. The Wildcats also won their first game in 1995, 1997, 2002 and 2004.
SENIOR LEADERSHIP: Five Wildcat seniors played in at least one game over the weekend. Seniors Kamaya Damwijk, Jennifer Klein, and Mallory Miller started both games. Additionally, Miller leads the Wildcats in goals with two. Senior Kelly Nelson started in the Wildcats’ game versus Missouri, while senior Nikki David played off of the bench in both games. Althea Jones will return to the Wildcat lineup after she recovers from ACL surgery she had during the spring.
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. With her shutout versus Missouri last Friday, Smith is the program’s leader in career shutouts with 12.
IN THE BACK: The Wildcats rely on a fairly young defense made up entirely of underclass-persons. Sophomores Claire Bodiya, Nicole Scheid, Kaity Heath and Shannon Kusmit, and freshmen Savanah Levake, Brianna Caceres and Erika Olson make up the back line for the Wildcats. In their first two matches, the Wildcats started sophomores Claire Bodiya, Kaity Heath and Nicole Scheid and freshman Brianna Caceres defensively.
NEWCOMERS: The eight new freshman have made an immediate impact on the Wildcats. Freshman Brianna Caceres started both matches over the weekend. Fellow freshman London King played in the Missouri game and earned a spot in the starting lineup for Sunday’s match versus Pepperdine. She proved she belonged in the starting lineup by scoring the lone goal of the 3-1 loss.
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 the first Pac-10 championship in the history of the program.
For his efforts, Tobias was the first coach in Arizona 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.
IN THE RECORD BOOKS: Senior Mallory Miller is currently tied with Nikki Jones (1995-98) for the most career assists with 14.