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No. 22 Wildcats Return Home to Face No. 10 California and No. 21 Stanford
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: October 21, 2005
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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WHAT’S HAPPENING: The 22nd-ranked Arizona women’s soccer team (8-4-2 overall, 3-1-0 Pac-10) returns home to take on No. 10 California (10-2-1, 3-0-0 Pac-10) on Friday, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m., followed by No. 21 Stanford (8-4-1 overall, 2-1-0 Pac-10) on Sunday, Oct. 23 at 1 p.m.

LAST TIME OUT: The Wildcats took on Washington and Washington State over the weekend. Arizona defeated the Huskies 1-0, in Seattle and traveled to Pullman, where they lost to the Cougars, 2-1, in double overtime.

Washington and Arizona battled through a scoreless first half with Arizona sophomore goalkeeper McCall Smith and Washington goalkeeper Kelsey Rasmussen posting two saves each.

Senior Mallory Miller scored the first, and only, goal of the game at 53:10 with a shot from 17 yards out. The goal was assisted by sophomore Kaity Heath.

Smith earned her sixth shutout of the season with two saves.

Two days later in Pullman, Arizona scored the first goal of the game at 60:10. Freshman Gianna DeSavario scored off of a corner kick pass from senior Mallory Miller.

The Wildcats held the Cougars scoreless through 89:59 minutes. Near the end of the second half, Washington State was awarded a penalty kick on a Kelly Nelson foul. As a result of the play, Nelson issed a yellow card and head coach Dan Tobias received a red card and was ejected. 

WSU’s Carmen Anderson scored on the penalty kick to tie the game at the end of regulation.

Anderson notched the Cougars’ second goal of the game at 103:39 in the second overtime to give Washington State its first Pac-10 victory.

ABOUT CALIFORNIA: California holds 10-2-1 overall and 3-0-0 Pac-10 record going into this weekend’s play. The Golden Bears’ losses have come to No. 4 Santa Clara and No. 15 Brigham Young. California has two wins over ranked opponents, No. 24 Dartmouth and No. 19 Stanford. In the Pac-10, the squad has defeated Washington, Washington State, and Stanford. The Golden Bears have not allowed a goal in four games. The last goal allowed came on Sept. 23 in the 1-0 loss to Brigham Young.

California’s offensive leader is Liz Eisenberg, with six goals and two assists. The Golden Bears’ goalkeeper is Ashley Sulprizio. Sulprizio has played in 12 of 13 games and has a goals against average of 0.32, with four goals allowed.

The Golden Bears return every player from the 2004 squad that finished the season with a 11-6-3  overall record and a 4-3-2 Pac-10 record good enough for a tie for a fourth place finish in the conference.

California is coached by Kevin Boyd, who is in his ninth season with the Golden Bears. He has earned a 105-56-14 record.

Golden Bears vs. Cats: Arizona has yet to defeat California, trailing the series 10-0-0 all-time. In the last meeting, California defeated Arizona 1-0, on Oct. 17, 2004 in Berkeley, Calif.

ABOUT STANFORD: The Cardinal holds an 8-4-1 overall record, and a 2-1-0 conference record. This weekend's matches will be the first road conference games for Stanford.

The Cardinal has taken on five ranked opponents this season. Stanford lost to No. 4 Portland, No. 2 North Carolina, No. 14 Texas A&M and No. 11 California. The lone win over a ranked team was over No. 5 Santa Clara. The squad has not lost to an unranked team. The largest margin was four in the 4-0 loss to North Carolina.

Stanford’s leading scorer is Leah Tapscott, who has three goals and one assists. Nine players on the Cardinal’s roster have scored, with five having scored multiple goals. Stanford’s starting goalkeeper is Alex Gamble. Gamble has allowed 11 goals with a 0.94 goals against average.

In 2004, Stanford posted a 13-6-3 overall record and a 4-3-2 conference record finishing in a tie for fourth in the Pac-10. The Cardinal reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament, where it lost to Santa Clara. Stanford returns 13 letterwinners, including seven starters, from the 2004 squad.

Paul Ratcliffe, who is in his third season with Stanford, is the head coach for the Cardinal. During his time at Stanford, Ratcliffe has earned a 31-19-6 record. He is assisted by Jay Cooney and Sarah Kate Noftsinger.

Cardinal vs. Cats: Stanford leads the series, 9-1-0. The last meeting between the Cardinal and the Wildcats marked the first time Arizona beat Stanford. The match came on Oct. 15, 2004 in Palo Alto, Calif., with Arizona defeating Stanford 1-0 in double overtime.

ARIZONA IN THE RANKINGS: Soccer Buzz Magazine has ranked the Wildcats as No. 22. Additionally, Soccer Buzz placed the Wildcats as the No. 8-ranked team in the West Region.

RECORD BREAKING PERFORMANCES: Now in her fourth season, Miller has broken 10 of the 12 season and career records, and is on pace to break to break the remaining two by the season’s end.

In 2004, Miller broke records for career shots, season goals scored, season total points, career total points, season game-winning goals and career game-winning goals.

In Sunday’s match vs. Washington State, Miller tied Lindsey Peeples (2001-04) in career games played with 73.

MILLER IN 2005: Miller is the seventh leading scorer in the country with a goals per game of 1.07 (15 total goals). Additionally, Miller has contributed at least a goal or an assist in nine of the last 10 games, including two hat tricks.  

STARTING LINEUP: In Arizona’s last six 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 been up front.

IN THE NETS: Sophomore goalkeeper McCall Smith added to her Arizona career record for shutouts in UA’s 1-0 win over Washington last Friday. The blanking of the Huskies was the 17th in her two years at Arizona.

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.

Heading into play this weekend, Tobias has put together a 29-21-4 record in Tucson.

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. 


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