WHAT’S HAPPENING:The University of Arizona women’s soccer team (7-4-0) will open Pac-10 play at home against Oregon and Oregon State. The Wildcats and Ducks (6-5) will square off at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 6. The Wildcats will then face the Beavers (7-2-2) at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 8.
LAST TIME OUT: No. 24 Arizona left non-conference play on a high note defeating Cal State Fullerton, 2-1. The Titans got out to an early lead but the Wildcats were able to score with ten seconds remaining in the first half to even the game. Arizona scored again at the 54:54 minute mark to take the lead. Freshmen Laura Huylebroeck and Jacqueline Broussard notched the goals for the Wildcats.
PAC-10 OPENERS: After opening the previous nine Pac-10 seasons without a win (0-8-1), Arizona has been very good as of late in its conference openers. The Wildcats are 2-0 over the past two seasons, defeating Washington State by a score of 3-1 in 2004, and Oregon (4-2) last season.
OFFENSIVE DROUGHT: Arizona’s longest scoreless drought this season of 224 minutes and 50 seconds was broken by Laura Huylebroeck’s game-tying goal in the Cal State Fullerton game.
PLAY NICE: Last season’s squad racked up six yellow cards and one red card before entering Pac-10 play, while this year’s team has only three yellow cards despite playing one more contest. However, the 2006 Wildcats do average almost three more fouls per game (10.9) than the 2005 team (8.1).
IN THE RECORD BOOKS: This year’s team has already put its stamp on Arizona soccer by tying two program records. The Wildcats’ four-game winning streak tied the previous longest winning streak from 2004. Additonally, Arizona’s two overtime wins so far this season also ties the season record held by the 2000 squad.
TOPS IN THE PAC-10: Arizona leads the Pac-10 in saves and average saves per game with 59 and 5.36, respectively. The Wildcats are also fourth in corner kicks taken with 50. Individually, Gianna DeSaverio ranks fourth in goals scored (5), points (13) and goals per game (0.45). Chelsea McIntyre ranks first in saves made (58), and second in save percentage (.866) and saves per game (5.27). McIntyre’s 11 save effort verses Hawaii is the most for any Pac-10 goalkeeper this season (Sept. 10, 2006).
FAST START: Arizona continues to get off to a fast start this year. The Wildcats have scored 11 of their 15 goals this season in the first half. Arizona has scored nine times before the 30:00 minute mark, five times to give it an the early lead. The Wildcats have also recorded fourteen more shots in the first period than their opponents.
DRAMATIC ENDING: Through eleven games, the Wildcats have already competed in three overtime games. Arizona is 2-1 in such contests, winning both games that ended in the first extra period, while losing one game in double overtime.
FAMILIAR FACES: Both Chelsea McIntyre and Savanah Levake have played every minute of Arizona’s eleven games this season. McIntyre played in only one game last season, while Levake played in 17 of the Wildcats’ 22 games.
IN GOAL:Through eleven games, Chelsea McIntyre has done a solid job replacing McCall Smith. McIntyre has allowed only nine goals, four less through one more non-conference game than Smith, and has made 58 saves, while posting four shutouts. McIntyre has a 0.79 GAA, while Smith had a 1.24 GAA in the non-conference match ups.
REPLACING MILLER: Gianna DeSaverio leads the Wildcat offense with five goals and three assists. In total, she has scored or assisted on seven of the Wildcats’ 15 goals. DeSaverio, who has helped replace graduated All-American Mallory Miller in the UA lineup, has already bettered her output from last season when she had three goals and two assists in 22 matches.
STEPPING UP: Through the non-conference games, Arizona defensive stats have improved from last year. The Wildcats have scored one less goal, but they have also allowed four less. This season’s team posted a 7-4-0 record while the 2005 squad went 5-3-2 before beginning Pac-10 play.
ABOUT OREGON: Oregon has a 6-5 record so far this season. It split over the weekend, defeating Portland State 1-0 in double overtime before falling to Portland 3-0. Nicole Garben leads the Ducks with four goals and one assist. Oregon’s time in the net is split between goalkeepers Emily Zaler and Jessie Chatfield. Zaler has started five games while Chatfield has started six. Chatfield has a 1.13 GAA allowing seven goals, while Zaler has a 0.80 GAA allowing only four goals.
The Ducks went 9-9-1 last season, 1-8-0 in the Pac-10 Conference. Oregon returns six starters and 11 letterwinners from last year’s squad.
Oregon is coached by Tara Erickson, who is in her second season with the Ducks. She has a 38-47-11 career record.
DUCKS VS. WILDCATS: Oregon leads the series 5-3-1. In last season’s match up, Arizona defeated the Ducks, 4-2.
ABOUT OREGON STATE: Oregon State has a 7-2-2 record so far this season. The Beavers have not lost in their last four contests. Jodie Taylor leads the Beavers with six goals and seven assists. Oregon State’s goalkeeper is Melissa Onstad and she has started all eleven games this season. She holds a 0.70 GAA, allowing eight goals so far.
The Beavers went 10-8-1 last season, 3-5-1 in the Pac-10. Oregon State returns nine starters and 14 letterwinners from last year’s squad.
Oregon State is coached by Steve Fennah, who is in his ninth season with the Beavers. He has a 66-81-12 career record.
BEAVERS VS. WILDCATS: Oregon State leads the series 6-4-1. Arizona shut out the Beavers in last season’s 3-0 victory.
ARIZONA IN THE RANKINGS: Arizona remained at the No. 24 spot in the NSCAA/adidas poll this week. The Wildcats fell two spots in the Soccer Buzz West Region poll to No. 11.
Pac-10 IN THE RANKINGS: In addition to Arizona’s national ranking, UCLA is ranked No. 4, No. 5 and No. 6 in the NSCAA, Soccer Buzz and Soccer America polls, respectively. California stands as No. 10 in the Soccer Buzz and Soccer America polls and No. 11 in the NSCAA poll. Southern California is ranked No. 25 in the Soccer Buzz poll. Stanford re-enters the Soccer Buzz poll at the No. 24 spot.
Additionally, Pac-10 teams hold six of the top-15 spots in Soccer Buzz’s West Region Poll,
1. Santa Clara
9. Long Beach State
10. Loyola Marymount
13. San Diego
15. Oregon State
NATIONAL HONORS: After posting two shutouts in the Four Points Sheraton Cats Classic the weekend of Sept. 8-10, Chelsea McIntyre received national recognition. The sophomore goalkeeper was named the Soccer Times Player of the Week. She was also a part of Top Drawer Soccer’s Team of the Week and Soccer Buzz’s Elite Team of the Week.
HEAD COACH DAN TOBIAS: In 2005, Tobias led the Wildcats to a 11-8-3 overall record and a 4-4-1 record in the Pac-10. Additionally, Tobias led the team to its first berth in the NCAA Sweet 16 in the program’s history. In three years, Tobias has compiled a 39-29-5 record at Arizona.