WHAT’S HAPPENING: The 23rd-ranked University of Arizona women’s soccer team (9-5-3 overall, 4-2-1 Pac-10) will head to Los Angeles to take on No. 4 UCLA (15-1-2 overall, 5-0-2 Pac-10) at 7 p.m. (PDT) Friday, Nov. 4 and No. 21 USC (10-5-2 overall, 4-2-1 Pac-10) at noon (PDT) Sunday, Nov. 6 for its final regular season games.
TELEVISION: The Wildcats’ game against UCLA on Nov. 4 will be televised on Fox Sports Net. The game will be aired on tape delay and shown regionally at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 10 and 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 12.
SELECTION SHOW: The NCAA Tournament Selection Show will air on ESPN News on Monday, Nov. 7 at 3 p.m. (MST)
LAST TIME OUT: The Wildcats closed out their regular season home schedule with a 2-1 loss to Arizona State last Saturday.
The Sun Devils scored the first goal of the game at 16:54. Brittany Cooper shot the ball on goal. Arizona goalkeeper McCall Smith made the save, but Manya Makoski placed the rebound in the back of the net.
In the 30th minute, it appeared that the Sun Devils had taken a 2-0 lead when Cooper placed the ball in the net. The play was called a no-goal due to offsides.
Makoski scored her second goal of the night off of another assist from Cooper to give Arizona State the 2-1 lead.
Arizona State goalkeeper Kim Bingham made nine saves, while Smith made eight. The most lopsided statistic in the game was the corner kick totals, with Arizona State taking 12 and Arizona taking just two.
The Wildcats are now 0-10-1 in the all-time series versus Arizona State.
SENIOR NIGHT AT MURPHEY: More than 1,200 fans came out to say goodbye to the Wildcat senior on Saturday night. The crowd of 1208 is a new stadium record. The previous record came on Sept. 16 when the Wildcats played in front of a crowd of 972 against Utah.
ABOUT UCLA: UCLA is currently the fourth-ranked team in the nation and leads the Pac-10 with a 5-0-2 conference record. The Bruins are 15-1-2 with their one loss coming in double overtime to then-No. 4 Penn State. UCLA has defeated five ranked teams this season, including No. 25 San Diego, No. 14 Princeton, No. 4 Santa Clara, No. 10 Pepperdine and No. 9 California. The Bruins have shutout their opponent in 13 of their 18 games.
UCLA’s offensive leader is Danesha Adams, with 14 goals and 30 points. The Bruins’ goalkeeper is Valerie Henderson. Henderson has played in 17 of 18 games and has a goals against average of 0.39, with six goals allowed.
The Bruins were the 2004 national runner up, losing the championship game to Notre Dame in a shootout. UCLA was co-Pac-10 champions, along with the Wildcats, as both teams earned 2004 conference records of 6-3. The Bruins’ overall record was 18-7. UCLA returned 17 letterwinners, including seven starters, from the 2004 squad.
UCLA is coached by Jillian Ellis, who is in her seventh season with the Bruins. She has earned a 125-26-7 record.
Bruins vs. Wildcats: The Wildcats trail the series 1-10. Arizona’s only victory over UCLA came last season when the Wildcats edged the Bruins, 1-0, on Oct. 31, 2004 in Tucson.
ABOUT USC: The Women of Troy hold a 10-5-2 overall record, and a 4-2-1 conference record. This weekend's matches will be the first road conference games for USC. Southern California has taken on four ranked opponents this season, losing to No. 4 Penn State, No. 4 UCLA and No. 9 California. The Women of Troy tied No. 29 Georgia. The squad has not beaten a ranked opponent. USC is 10-2-1 against unranked opponents.
USC’s leading scorer is Amy Rodriquez, who has seven goals and seven assists. The Women of Troy’s roster boasts 13 players with at least one goal, with nine players scoring multiple goals. USC’s starting goalkeeper is Veronica Simonton. Simonton has allowed 17 goals with a 0.96 goals against average.
In 2004, USC posted a 9-9-1 overall record and a 3-6-0 conference record, finishing ninth in the Pac-10. USC returned 12 letterwinners, including eight starters, from the 2004 squad.
The Women of Troy are coached by Jim Millinder, who is in his 10th season with USC. During his time at USC, Millinder has earned a 122-64-16 record.
Women of Troy vs. Cats: USC leads the series, 8-3. The last meeting between the Women of Troy and the Wildcats came on Oct. 29, 2004 in Tucson, with Arizona defeating USC 3-0.
ARIZONA IN THE RANKINGS: Soccer America has ranked the Wildcats as No. 23, while Soccer Buzz Magazine has the Wildcats in the No. 24 spot. Additionally, Soccer Buzz placed the Wildcats as the No. 9-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 polls. California stands as the No. 12, No. 9 and No. 9 in the Soccer America, Soccer Buzz and NSCAA polls, respectively. Stanford is ranked No. 24 in the Soccer America poll.
Additionally, Pac-10 teams hold seven of the top-15 spots in Soccer Buzz’s West Region Poll,
3. Santa Clara
6. Cal State Fullerton
13. Arizona State
14. UC Riverside
15. Washington State
Pac-10 STANDINGS: With a 4-2-1 Pac-10 record, the Wildcats sit in a tie for third in the conference standings. UCLA is the only undefeated team in the conference and sits in first place with a record of 5-0-2.
1. UCLA (17) 5-0-2
2. California (16) 5-1-1
3. USC (13) 4-2-1
Arizona (13) 4-2-1
Arizona State (13) 4-2-1
6. Oregon State (10) 3-3-1
7. Washington State (10) 3-4-1
8. Stanford (8) 2-3-2
9. Oregon (3) 1-6-0
10. Washington (0) 0-8-0
The Wildcats remaining opponents in the regular season, UCLA, and USC, both sit in the top-three of the current conference standings.
RECORD-BREAKING PERFORMANCES: As a senior, Mallory 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 average this Sunday versus USC.
MILLER NATIONALLY: Miller is tied as the eighth-leading scorer in the nation with 17 goals and a goals per game of 1.00.
Miller also ranks 12th in the nation in points per game with 2.24. (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.
Senior Nikki David is tied for ninth in assists with four.
WILDCATS ON THE ROAD: The Wildcats are 3-3-1 away from Murphey Field this season. Two of the three victories came in Princeton, N.J. in the Princeton Invitational. The Wildcats won the tournament by defeating Princeton and Penn. The other win came in Seattle against Washington.
The Wildcats are 0-1-1 in matches in Southern California. Arizona lost to Pepperdine in Malibu, 3-1, and tied Cal Poly, 0-0, in San Luis Obispo.
FROM SO CAL: The Wildcat lineup features seven student-athletes from Southern California. Seniors Kamaya Damwijk, Nikki David and Kelly Nelson, junior Erin Bevacqua, sophomore Nicole Scheid, and freshmen Brianna Caceres and London King all played high school soccer in Southern California.
STARTING LINEUP: Five Wildcats have started every match this season. Seniors Mallory Miller and Jennifer Klein, sophomores Claire Bodiya, Nicole Scheid and 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 is Arizona’s career leader in shutouts with 18.
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.