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Wildcat Soccer Remains on the Road, Takes on Oklahoma This Week
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 09/11/2002
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Sept. 11, 2002

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WHAT'S HAPPENING: In the midst of a stretch that will see it play five of six matches on the road, the University of Arizona women's soccer team (3-0-1 overall, 0-0-0 Pac-10) will look to continue its early season success against a Big 12 opponent this weekend. The Wildcats will play at Oklahoma on Sunday, Sept. 15, at 1 p.m. CDT in their only action of the week.

SCOUTING ARIZONA: Off to the best start in the history of the program, the Wildcats stand at 3-0-1 overall after claiming the title at the Iowa State Cyclone Classic last weekend. The Cats tied Wisconsin, 1-1 in overtime, on Friday and pounded Northern Iowa, 5-0, on Sunday. Arizona was awarded the tournament championship over Wisconsin by virtue of a goal differential tie-breaker.

The scoring has been quite spread-out for the Cats, with seven different players responsible for the nine goals scored so far this season. With two goals (four points) each, freshman forward Mallory Miller (Tucson, Ariz./Salpointe Catholic HS) and senior midfielder Naomi Chu (Thousand Oaks, Calif./Westlake HS) are tied for the Wildcat scoring lead.

Junior midfielder Lindsey Greenwood (Bettendorf, Iowa/Pleasant Valley HS) and senior defender Tymarie Novak (Orange, Calif./Rosary Catholic HS) follow on the scoring chart with one goal and one assist (three points) each. Freshman forward Erin Clewett (Yorba Linda, Calif./Esperanza HS) is the Cats' assists leader, with three on the season already.

Miller leads all players with 12 shots, including seven shots on-goal, while Chu has 10 shots, also with seven on-goal. Freshman midfielder Lisa Kosena (Englewood, Colo./Cherry Creek HS) is third with eight shots on the season, five on-goal.

True freshman goalkeeper Amanda Martin (Franklin, Tenn. HS) has started all four matches so far, tallying 23 saves, two shutouts and a 0.25 goals-against average in 363 minutes of play. Redshirt freshman keeper Natalie Juarez (Claremont, Calif. HS) has played 17 minutes so far and combined with Martin for the shutout against Northern Iowa on Sept. 8.

SCOUTING OKLAHOMA: Also off to their best start ever, the Sooners are 4-0-0 on the season after logging wins over Drury (3-0) on Sept. 7 and at Arkansas (3-0) on Sept. 8. Oklahoma, which is not nationally ranked but is ranked No. 6 in the Central Region, will play host to SMU this Friday night before facing Arizona on Sunday.

Senior forward Krissy Dawson (two goals, two assists) and junior forward Logan Womack (three goals) are tied for the Oklahoma scoring lead with six points each. Senior forward Shannon Wing follows with two goals (four points). Sophomore goalkeeper Catherine Wade has started all four matches for the Sooners, collecting 10 saves, two shutouts and a 0.27 goals-against average in 338 minutes of play.

Oklahoma head coach Randy Evans (Maryville College, 1991) holds a 29-29-3 mark in four seasons at the helm of the Sooner program.

Arizona's matchup with the Sooners on Sunday will be a first for the two programs.

ARIZONA'S LAST TIME OUT: Scoring three goals in a nine-minute span early in the second half, Arizona pounded Northern Iowa, 5-0, to take the championship of the Iowa State Cyclone Classic on Sunday. The Cats improved to 3-0-1 on the year, their best record ever through the first four matches of a season. They won the tournament over Wisconsin by means of a goal differential tie-breaker.

Mallory Miller started the UA scoring barrage early, taking advantage of a free kick to score the first goal of the game from the top of the box in the fifth minute. In the 43rd minute, a pass by Tymarie Novak was deflected, but not enough, as freshman forward Maggie MacCool (Sammamish, Wash./Skyline HS) gained possession of the ball for a breakaway that put the Cats up, 2-0, at halftime.

Naomi Chu got things going early in the second half, taking a cross from freshman midfielder Nikki David (Manhattan Beach, Calif./Mira Costa HS) and making the game 3-0 in the 51st minute. Just four minutes later, Chu struck again, heading a cross from Lindsey Greenwood into the goal at 54:37. Greenwood capped the game with her first goal as a Wildcat, collecting a deflected Erin Clewett shot and denting the net in the 60th minute.

Arizona out-shot Northern Iowa, 20-1, and had 14 shots on-goal. Miller and Chu led all players with five shots apiece, and goalkeeper Amanda Martin played just over 72 minutes of the contest without having to make a single save. Fellow keeper Natalie Juarez came into the match with a little more than 17 minutes to play and preserved the shutout.

Arizona dominated the All-Tournament team as well, with Martin, Chu, Clewett and Vanesha Bailey (Las Vegas, Nev./Cimarron-Memorial HS) earning All-Tournament honors. Bailey was also named the tournament Defensive Most Valuable Player, and Chu was chosen the tournament Offensive Most Valuable Player.

LOOKING AHEAD: Arizona returns home briefly for a match against San Diego on Sunday, Sept. 22, at 11 a.m., then the Wildcats hit the road again. They will play at Belmont on Friday, Sept. 27, at 7 p.m. CDT, then the Cats take on Kentucky on Sunday, Sept. 29, at 12 p.m. EDT in Lexington.

The Wildcats will play host to Saint Louis, Idaho State and Youngstown State on Friday, Oct. 4, and Sunday, Oct. 6, for the Arizona Tournament.

ARIZONA HEAD COACH CATHY KLEIN: Third-year head coach Cathy Klein (SUNY-Cortland, 1987) holds an 11-27-4 mark at the helm of the Arizona program. She has a Division I career record of 68-68-5 over eight years and is 90-121-10 in 13 seasons as a head coach.

Klein was named as the Wildcats' new head coach in January, 2000. She came to the UA after a five-year stint building a new women's soccer program at Iowa State. In four varsity seasons with the Cyclones, Klein garnered a 43-37-1 mark. Before Iowa State, Klein was head coach at Creighton and Division III schools Earlham College and Utica College.

THE REST OF THE STAFF: In her third season at the UA, Melissa Estrada (Creighton, 1995) followed Cathy Klein from Iowa State, where Estrada was part of Klein's coaching staff for four years. She assists with recruiting and works with the field players.

Assistant coach Casey Mann (Grand View College, 1997) is in his second season with the Wildcats. His primary responsibility at the UA is coaching the goalkeepers.

WHAT A START!: Arizona's 3-0-1 mark is the best record ever through the first four matches of any season, making this the best start in the program's history.

The one goal that Arizona has allowed opponents to score so far this year is the lowest goal total ever through the first four games of a season. The previous low was five goals through the first four games of both the 1999 and 1997 seasons.

TOUGH SCHEDULE: Six of this year's UA opponents were nationally ranked this week, and two more were ranked in their regions. In this week's NSCAA Coaches' Poll, Stanford is No. 2, UCLA is No. 5, California is No. 7, Washington is No. 16 and Kentucky is No. 19. In the Soccer America Top 25, Stanford stands at No. 2, UCLA at No. 5, California at No. 7, Washington at No. 14 and USC at No. 21.

In the NSCAA Coaches Regional Polls, Stanford (#1), UCLA (#3), California (#4), Washington (#5) and USC (#9) are all among the top 10 in the West Region. Kentucky (#3) and Wisconsin (#7) are both ranked in the Great Lakes Region. Oklahoma is ranked No. 9 in the Central Region.

THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME: The Wildcats have a 21-28-3 record in seven seasons playing on their home field, Murphey Stadium. They have a stellar 7-3-1 mark in home games over the last two seasons combined.

ON LOCATION: This year, Arizona is 2-0-0 at home, 0-0-0 in road games and 1-0-1 in neutral contests. The Wildcats were 5-3-1 at home last season, 0-9-0 on the road and 0-0-0 in neutral games.

TWICE IS NICE: Traditionally, the Cats have fared rather well when scoring two or more goals in a match. They won both their matches of the season in which they have scored more than one goal. Over the nine years of Wildcat soccer, the UA has a 35-19-2 record when scoring two goals or more.

CLOSE BUT...: The outcome of six of the Wildcats' 18 games last season were decided by one goal or less, and the Cats have already had two matches decided this season by that differential. In the nine-year history of the Arizona soccer program, 63 matches have been decided by that one-goal-or-less differential.

CAT SCRATCHES: Arizona has a perfect 3-0-0 mark this year when scoring first in a match... The Cats are also 2-0-0 when ahead at halftime and are 2-0-0 when outshooting opponents.

ARIZONA WINS OWN WILDCAT INVITATIONAL TO OPEN SEASON: The Cats opened the 2002 season with two wins at home, taking the title of their own Wildcat Invitational on Aug. 30 and Sept. 1. Arizona kicked off the season on Aug. 30 with a 2-0 win over Drake in the first round of the tournament, then the Cats capped the weekend with a 1-0 victory over Cal Poly on Sept. 1. This marked the first time in the history of the program that the Wildcats have opened a season with back-to-back shutout victories and was the first time since 1997 that the Cats have begun a season with two straight wins.

Each of Arizona's three goals over that weekend was scored by a different player. Senior defender Tymarie Novak notched the Cats' first goal of the season on Aug. 30, her second goal as a Wildcat. Freshman forward Lisa Kosena and redshirt freshman forward Kelly Nelson each dented the net once, logging their first collegiate goals. Another freshman, forward Erin Clewett assisted Nelson's goal for the win on Sept. 1.

True freshman goalkeeper Amanda Martin played all 180 minutes in the nets for the Cats, tallying 14 saves while not allowing any goals. She racked up nine saves against Cal Poly on Sept. 1, and with the weekend's two shutouts, she has become the first Wildcat goalkeeper since 1999 to log more than one shutout in a season.

WILDCAT RECRUITING CLASS RANKED AMONG BEST IN REGION: The 2002 UA women's soccer recruiting class has been ranked 17th in the West Region by Soccer Buzz Magazine. That's outstanding when you consider the caliber of women's soccer programs in this region. Every Pac-10 school's recruiting class made the regional top 20 list.

CATS LOSE LIZ BARTLETT: Due to chronic illness, junior forward Liz Bartlett (Dove Canyon, Calif./Santa Margarita Catholic HS) has decided to take a permanent medical hardship and will no longer be playing for the Wildcats. She will, however, still participate in the team's community service projects.

After being one of the UA's top scorers in each of her first two seasons, Bartlett finishes her career as Arizona's fifth-leading scorer all time. She started all 36 of the matches she played in and missed only two matches in her two seasons at the UA. Bartlett collected 76 shots, 10 goals and two assists (22 points) during her brief Arizona career.

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