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Wildcat Soccer Opens Pac-10 Play at Home
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 10/07/2005
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WHAT’S HAPPENING: The 23rd-ranked University of Arizona women’s soccer team (5-3-2 overall, 0-0-0 Pac-10) opens Pacific-10 Conference play at home this weekend. The Wildcats first compete against Oregon (8-1-1 overall, 0-0-0 Pac-10) at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7 followed by a match against Oregon State (7-3-0 overall, 0-0-0 Pac-10) at 12 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 9.

LAST TIME OUT: The Wildcats competed in their final non-conference match with a 2-1 loss to No. 12 Brigham Young.

Cougar midfielder Jessica Aquino put BYU on the scoreboard at 33:25 with an unassisted goal. Arizona posted three shots in the first half, while BYU had eight. The Cougars held the 1-0 lead at halftime.

Five minutes into the second half, the Wildcats had three shots, two on goal, within a minute, but were unable to score.

Midway through the second half, forward Bobbi Tillotson added to the Cougar lead with an unassisted goal at 76:29. Wildcat senior forward Mallory Miller responded immediately with a goal at 76:36.

BYU held of the Wildcat attack the rest of the way and walked away with a one-goal victory, remaining undefeated on the season.

ABOUT OREGON: The Ducks earned an 8-1-1 record through non-conference play. The ten game mark is the best in the history of the program. Oregon currently holds a six-game winning streak with victories over Portland State, Elon, North Carolina State, South Dakota State, Nevada and Wyoming. The Ducks have only played one ranked opponent in No. 4 Portland on Aug. 31. The Pilots defeated Oregon, 6-0.

UO’s leading scorer is senior Nicole Garbin, who has seven goals. The Duck’ starting goalkeeper is freshman Jessie Chatfield. Chatfield has played every minute in the nets for the Ducks, while allowing nine goals against and a 0.88 goals against average.

Oregon returns 15 letterwinners, including eight starters, from a squad that went 3-13-3 and 0-7-2 in the conference, finishing tenth.

The Ducks are coached by Tara Erickson. This is Erickson’s first season with Oregon.

Ducks vs. Cats: Oregon leads the series with a 5-2-1 record over Arizona. In the last match-up between the two teams, Arizona defeated Oregon on Nov. 7, 2004 in Eugene, Ore., by a score of 2-0. The victory gave the Wildcats a share of the Pac-10 title.

ABOUT OREGON STATE: Oregon State holds a 7-3-0 record going into conference play. The Beavers defeated Louisiana State, Eastern Washington, Richmond, Wake Forest, Long Island, Virginia Commonwealth and South Dakota. The three losses came to UNC Greensborough, Gonzaga and Portland. The Beavers most recent loss came on Oct. 2 against Portland. Oregon State lost to then-No. 3 ranked Portland in overtime by a score of 2-1.

Oregon State’s offensive leader is sophomore Jodie Taylor, with seven goals and five assists. The Beavers’ goalkeeper is junior Melissa Onstad. Onstad has played every minute and has allowed eight goals with a goals against average of 0.77.

The Beavers are playing with 14 letterman, including nine starters, from the 2004 squad that finished the season with a 10-9-1 overall record and a 4-4-1 Pac-10 record good enough for a fourth place finish in the conference.

Oregon State is coached by Steve Fennah, who is in his eighth season with the Beavers. He has earned a 63-76-11 school record.

Beavers vs. Cats: Oregon State leads the series, 6-3-1. The Beavers defeated the Wildcats, 1-0, in Corvallis, Ore. on Nov. 5.

ARIZONA IN THE RANKINGS: Soccer America has ranked the Wildcats as No. 23, while Soccer Buzz Magazine has Arizona in the No. 26 spot. Additionally, Soccer Buzz placed the Wildcats as the No. 8-ranked team in the West Region. The Wildcats dropped out of the National Soccer Coaches’ Association of America (NSCAA) poll this week after being ranked No. 24 last week.

TOUGH NON-CONFERENCE SCHEDULE: Four of the Wildcats non-conference opponents are ranked in this week’s Soccer America Top-25 poll. No. 2 Portland, No. 8 Brigham Young, No. 18 Pepperdine and No. 25 Cal Poly are all on Arizona’s non-conference schedule and account for all three of UA’s losses and one tie. The tough schedule will continue into the Pac-10 season as three other teams are ranked in the Top-25 (No. 4 UCLA, No. 15 Stanford and No. 16 California).

LEADING THE STATS: Senior Mallory Miller currently leads the Wildcat offense with 10 goals. The next closest in that category are sophomore Nicole Scheid and freshman London King. In addition to leading all goal scorers, Miller has posted eight of the Wildcats’ nine goals at home. Scheid is the only other Wildcat to score at home this season.

Miller has also reached one of the program’s all-time records. She is now UA’s all-time leader in game-winning goals with nine, surpassing former Wildcat Candace Wilks with eight. Miller is also Arizona’s career assist leader with 15.

HOME CROWD: In five home matches this season, the Wildcats have an average attendance of 747 at Murphey Stadium. The biggest crowd of 972 was on Friday, Sept. 16 at home versus then-No. 25 Utah. At this point last season, Arizona was averaging a crowd of 644.

The largest crowd the Wildcats have played in front of was in Portland, Ore. 3,657 fans filled the stadium.

STARTING LINEUP: Six Wildcats have started every match this season. Seniors Mallory Miller and Jennifer Klein, junior Erin Bevacqua, sophomores Claire Bodiya, Nicole Scheid, 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 is Arizona’s leader in career shutouts with 15.

ARIZONA IN THE PAC: Last season, the Wildcats earned a 6-3 Pac-10 mark for the best conference record in the history of the program and the Pac-10 title. In the Pac-10 Preseason Poll, Arizona was voted to finish fourth in the conference, the highest preseason ranking for the Wildcats since Arizona soccer became a part of conference competition in 1997.

Going into conference play, the Wildcats hold the eighth-best record in the Pac-10. Although the Wildcats are in the bottom half of the non-conference play standings, the Wildcats are consistently ranked behind only UCLA, Stanford and California due to their strength of schedule in non-conference play.

Nine of 10 Pac-10 teams have earned at least a .500 record at this point in the season.

UCLA 10-1-0

Oregon 8-1-1

California 7-2-1

Oregon State 7-3-0

Washington State 7-3-1

Stanford 6-3-1

Southern California 6-3-1

Arizona 5-3-2

Arizona State 5-4-2

Washington 0-8-3

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.

 

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