Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
UA Soccer to face Pac-10 rival Arizona State
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: October 13, 2010
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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Oct. 13, 2010

Arizona at Arizona State
7 p.m. | Friday, Oct. 15
Tempe, Ariz.

TUCSON--The Arizona women's soccer looks to get their first conference win on Friday, October 15, when they travel to Tempe to face conference rival Arizona State in the State Farm Territorial Cup match-up, which is slated to start at 7 p.m.

About the Sun Devils: Arizona State (7-3-2, 1-1 Pac-10) opened up Pac-10 play last weekend on the road at the Washington schools. On Friday, at Washington State, senior Karin Volpe netted her eighth goal of the year in the 1-0 Sun Devil victory. Against Washington on Sunday, the Huskies scored in the 15th minute of play, and despite the 19-6 shooting advantage, Arizona State was unable to come back. Freshman Devin Marshall led the Sun Devils with eight shot attempts, three on goal, in the 1-0 loss.

Last Week: Arizona (4-7-2, 0-2 Pac-10) traveled to Washington to open the Pac-10 schedule, and took home a pair of losses to the Huskies and Cougars.

In the 4-1 loss to Washington, freshman Jazmin Ponce gave Arizona a 1-0 advantage with her goal in the 32nd minute. The goal, assisted by sophomore Ariel Boulicault, marks Ponce's third for the season. In the second half, the Huskies came back with a trio of goals in the 53rd through 70th minutes, and a final goal in the 90th.

On Sunday at Washington State, the Wildcats were out shot 10-19 in the third shutout loss of the season. The Cougars hit the only goal in the game in the 34th minute of action.

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.

The freshmen combine for 54.8 percent of Arizona's total shots with 91 of 166, and 57.1 percent of Arizona's total shots on goal, with 40 of 70.

At the conclusion of the non-conference schedule, 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 30: Jensen Skinner (57) and Jazmin Ponce (81).

Experience in the net: Junior Ashley Jett currently first in the Pac-10 Conference in saves, with 44, and leads the conference in saves per game, with an average of 5.50 saves. This season against Utah (Sept. 26), Jett earned her first career shutout in the 1-0 overtime victory.

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:
  California and Arizona State have also received votes toward the rankings.

Looking Ahead: Next week, the Wildcats will return to Murphey Field at Mulcahy Soccer Stadium to host California and Stanford. The match on Friday, October 22, against the Golden Bears will start at 7 p.m., and Sunday's showdown with the Cardinal will kick off at noon.

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