Sept. 7, 2011
Arizona (0-4) vs. Missouri (5-1)
Friday, Sept. 9 • 2 p.m. MST
Tempe, Arizona • Sun Devil Soccer Stadium
Arizona (0-4) vs. Oklahoma (3-3)
Sunday, Sept. 11 • 11 a.m. MST
Tempe, Arizona • Sun Devil Soccer Stadium
TUCSON, Ariz. -University of Arizona Wildcat women's soccer team will participate in the Sun Devil Desert Classic, hosted by Arizona State, this weekend in Tempe. Friday, the Wildcats will take on Missouri at 2 p.m., and Sunday the squad will face Oklahoma at 11 a.m. at the Sun Devil Soccer Stadium.
Last Time Out: On Monday, Arizona (0-4) traveled to Provo, Utah, and lost a 2-0 decision to Brigham Young University. In this season's fourth straight shutout loss, and ninth straight as of the 2010 season, junior forward Renae Cuellar led the squad with three shot attempts, and senior goalkeeper Ashley Jettgrabbed six of her nine saves in the second half. The Wildcats have been without a goal for a school-record 822 minutes.
Noting the Tigers: Missouri was both at home and on the road last weekend, and the squad picked up its fourth and fifth consecutive wins over Northern Arizona and TCU. Hosting the Lumberjacks, Missouri (5-1) scored in the seventh, 27th, and 73rd minutes of the 3-0 shutout victory that ended a four-game homestand. At TCU, the Tigers earned third shutout of the season, winning 2-0. Missouri out-shot the Horned Frogs 19-16 on the day.
Noting the Sooners: Oklahoma picked up a pair of at-home wins last week, hosting Oral Roberts and Missouri State. Against Oral Roberts, the Sooners (3-3) broke a three-game losing skid with a 4-1 victory. Hosting Missouri State, Oklahoma scored a pair of goals early in the first half, in the 14th and 30th minutes to go out to a 2-0 cushion of the 3-1 victory. Sooner Hannah Gordon hit the third goal of the game in the 82nd minute.
About the Cats: Arizona enters the 2011 season with eight returning starters and high expectations following a 5-13-2 campaign a season ago ... The Wildcats return players with 234 combined starts in their collegiate careers ... Forward Renae Cuellar, who scored six goals and had three assists in the first six games of 2010, returns after missing the final 14 matches due to a knee injury ... Senior goalkeeper Ashley Jettreturns after playing every minute in goal over the course of the final 18 matches last season ... Several of the UA's seven freshmen could make their collegiate debuts this weekend.
It's Only a Matter of Time: The Wildcats may still be seeking their first goal of the season, but that doesn't mean they have been short of opportunities. Arizona has 39 shot attempts through three games, including 15 on goal (.385). Now it's just a matter of finishing. The Wildcats have the players to do it. A total of 13 players have attempted a shot this season, with seven placing a shot on goal. Last year's leading goal scorer Renae Cuellar leads team with 13 shots (five on goal), followed by sophomore Jazmin Poncewith 10 shots, four on goal.
Welcome to the Show: This season, four freshmen made their collegiate debuts at Arizona. LeeAndra Smith earned a start in her first career game against San Diego State, while Julia Glanz and Emily Lai made appearances as reserves. Glanz made her first collegiate start two days later against Pepperdine, and Desiree Bramlette saw her first action as a Wildcat off the bench against the Waves. Against Pepperdine, Lai and Glanz each registered their first shot attempts. At Brigham Young, Brie DeFelicecame off the bench and recorded one on-goal shot attempt.
Head Coach Lisa Oyen: Lisa Oyenenters her second full season as head coach of the Arizona women's soccer program. In her two seasons at the helm, Oyen has provided stability to the program that is seeking its first winning season 2005. She has improved talent, depth and skill on the roster, and revitalized the Wildcats' recruiting efforts. Her 2010 team - her first full year in charge - was hit hard by injury and illness, but showed its toughness and resilience in a 5-13-2 campaign. Oyen served as a co-interim head coach for the final seven games of 2009, before being named the head coach after the season. She has a career coaching record of 6-19-2 counting all 27 games she has been a head coach or co-interim head coach. Prior to becoming a head coach, she served as an assistant at the school for seven seasons.
Filling up the Stat Sheet: Despite playing just six of 20 games, Cuellar posted team-leading figures in most of the major stat categories: goals (6), points (15) and shot percentage (.231). Cuellar didn't achieve the team lead in these categories by a small margin either; despite missing 14 games, her six goals doubled the number two goal-scorer on the squad, her 15 points were nine more than her closest competition and her .231 shot percentage was 55 points higher than the second highest percentage. Her one game-winning goal and three assists tied for the most on the team.
Jetting into the Record Books: Senior goalkeeper Ashley Jett recorded 104 saves in 2010, the most in the Pac-10. Arizona has had a rich history at her position; since 2001, seven UA goalkeepers have led the Pac-10 in saves. Her 104 saves are the second most in the conference since UA's Chelsea McIntyrestopped 109 shots on goal in 2006. For the 2011 season, Jett once again leads the conference in saves with 21 and an average of 5.25 per game.
Up Next: Next up, the Wildcats return home to host the Loews Ventana Resort Cats Classic on Friday, September 16, and Sunday September 18. Arizona will face Pacific on Friday at 7:30 p.m. following the match-up between Arizona State and Texas Tech, which is scheduled for 5 p.m. on Murphey Field at Mulcahy Stadium. Sunday, the Sun Devils will take on Pacific at 11 a.m., followed by Arizona against Texas Tech at 1:30 p.m.
For complete results from the event and continued coverage of Arizona Wildcat women's soccer, visit ArizonaWildcats.com.