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UA Soccer Hits the Road to Face No. 16 Washington, Washington State This Week
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 10/24/2001
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Oct. 24, 2001

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WHAT'S HAPPENING: Coming off a sweep of the Oregon schools at home last weekend, the University of Arizona women's soccer team (5-7-1, 2-2-0) hits the road again this week for its final trip of the 2001 season. The Wildcats play at No. 16 Washington on Friday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m., then they take on Washington State on Sunday, Oct. 28, at 12 p.m. PST in Pullman.

ABOUT ARIZONA: The Wildcats improved to 5-7-1 overall and 2-2-0 in Pac-10 play last weekend with a sweep of Oregon (2-1) and Oregon State (2-1OT) at home. These wins marked Arizona's first-ever Pac-10 sweep and kept the Cats undefeated at home (5-0-1).

After a big weekend that earned her Pac-10 Player of the Week honors, freshman forward Candice Wilks has a solid hold on the UA scoring lead, with seven goals and two assists (16 points). Fellow freshman Cassie Daniels is second with four goals and four assists (12 points), followed by another rookie, Vanesha Bailey, with four goals and three assists (11 points).

Senior forward Kristi Loro?a is fourth on the scoring chart with five goals (10 points), while sophomore forward Liz Bartlett has four goals and one assist (nine points). Senior midfielder Katie Winship has one goal and one assist (three points), junior transfer Tymarie Novak has one goal (two points), and senior midfielder Twila Kaufman has two assists (two points).

In the nets, senior goalkeeper Shannon Monti has played all 1207 minutes of the season, tallying 68 saves, one shutout and a 1.86 goals-against average.

As a team, Arizona is leading the Pac-10 in saves (74) and is tied for fifth in both goals (26) and goals per game (2.00 gpg). Shannon Monti is the Pac-10 leader in saves (68) and saves per game (5.23 spg).

ABOUT WASHINGTON: Ranked No. 16 in the nation, the Huskies are 8-3-1 overall and 2-1-0 in Pac-10 play after splitting with the Bay Area schools last weekend. UW edged then-No. 16 California, 1-0, in Berkeley last Friday, but fell to then-No. 8 Stanford, 2-1, in Palo Alto on Sunday. That loss to Stanford ended a four-game win streak for the Huskies.

With three goals and five assists (11 points), senior midfielder Caroline Putz has a slight edge in the scoring lead for UW. Sophomore midfielder Jaime Carstensen is a close second with three goals and four assists (10 points), followed by Tina Frimpong (four goals) and Kelley Schweighart (three goals, two assists) with eight points apiece.

Junior goalkeeper Hope Solo has played 834 minutes for the Huskies this season, tallying 42 saves, three shutouts and a 0.76 GAA. Sophomore Lisa Walker has seen 193 minutes in the nets, with nine saves, two shutouts and a 0.00 GAA, while fellow sophomore Lisa Brookens has played 90 minutes, collecting three saves, one shutout and a 0.00 GAA.

Head coach Lesle Gallimore (California, 1986) holds an 88-57-6 record in eight seasons at the helm of the Washington program. She is 120-82-15 in 12 years as a head coach.

THE SERIES vs. WASHINGTON: The Huskies have a solid 6-0-0 lead in the series with the Wildcats.

LAST MEETING WITH WASHINGTON: On Oct. 15, 2000, Arizona forced then-No. 4 Washington into a come-from-behind win, as the Huskies downed the Cats, 2-1, in Tucson.

After a scoreless first half, Arizona made it onto the scoreboard first when Sierra Cristiano dropped a corner kick into the box. It was bobbled around, then picked up by Liz Bartlett, who pushed the ball forward for Twila Kaufman's goal at 58:26.

The Cats held the Huskies off for almost another 20 minutes before UW scored the equalizer at 76:12. Barely two minutes later, Washington claimed the victory. The Huskies out-shot Arizona, 29-7, but had only a 7-4 edge in shots on-goal for the game.

ABOUT WASHINGTON STATE: After closing out an eight-game road swing, the Cougars are 6-5-0 overall and 1-2-0 in Pac-10 play. They split with the Bay Area schools last weekend, falling at then-No. 8 Stanford (2-0) last Friday and defeating then-No. 16 California (2-0) last Sunday. WSU will entertain Arizona State on Friday before facing Arizona on Sunday.

With five goals and four assists (14 points), sophomore midfielder Rachel Rodrick is leading Washington State in scoring. Junior Katrina Stroh is second with four goals and three assists (11 points), followed by senior midfielder Liz Duncan with three goals and three assists (nine points).

Senior goalkeeper Lindsey Jorgenson has played 755 minutes in the nets for the Cougars, gathering 34 saves, two shutouts and a 1.19 goals-against average. Sophomore Sara Leibowitz has played 243 minutes and has six saves, one shutout and a 1.11 GAA.

Fourth-year head coach Dan Tobias (Cal Poly SLO, 1987) holds a 32-34-3 record with the Cougars.

THE SERIES vs. WASHINGTON STATE: The Cougars hold a 4-1-1 lead in the series with Arizona, including wins in the last two matchups.

LAST MEETING WITH WASHINGTON STATE: WSU shutout Arizona, 4-0, on Oct. 13, 2000, during the last meeting between these two teams. The Cougars notched two goals in the first 22 minutes of the game, then iced the victory with two more goals in the final 21 minutes of the match. WSU garnered only a 13-7 advantage in shots, with a 7-4 edge in shots on-goal. Liz Bartlett led the UA with two shots, one on-goal, and five other Wildcats had one shot apiece.

ARIZONA'S LAST TIME OUT: Staging another come-from-behind victory, Wildcats grabbed a 2-1 win from Oregon State in overtime at home on Sunday. With the weekend's sweep of the Oregon schools, the Wildcats have won back-to-back Pac-10 games for the first time in the history of the program.

The match shaped-up as a defensive battle early. Arizona freshmen Vanesha Bailey and Lindsey Peeples had two solid forays into Beaver territory during the 12th minute, but both were stifled by the OSU defense. Wildcat senior goalkeeper Shannon Monti also intercepted a number of early Oregon State crosses, negating many shot opportunities for the Beavers. The teams were in a scoreless tie at halftime, although Arizona had an 8-6 edge in shots at the break.

Oregon State broke the shutout quickly in the second period, scoring at 47:01. Arizona had several attempts foiled in the second half, including a shot by Bailey with just under nine minutes remaining that bounced off the left post.

In the 82nd minute, Arizona senior midfielder Twila Kaufman sent a short back-pass in the box to freshman Cassie Daniels, who promptly tied the game with her bullet from 12 yards center. The Wildcats stepped up pressure for the remainder of regulation but were unable to finish the game.

They didn't need long into the overtime to take the victory, though. Just seconds into the overtime, Bartlett had a breakaway that was stopped by OSU, however the Beavers were unable to do anything about the rocket that freshman Candice Wilks sent from 20 yards out to win the game at 91:00.

Arizona out-shot Oregon State, 23-11, for the match, including an 11-4 advantage in shots on-goal. The Wildcats also set a new school record with 12 corner kicks in the game.

WILKS NAMED PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK (Oct. 22): Freshman forward Candice Wilks was named the Pac-10 Women's Soccer Player of the Week for Oct. 16-22.

Wilks scored both game-winning goals and assisted another while leading the Wildcats to a sweep of the Oregon schools last weekend.

In the 2-1 win over the Ducks on Oct. 19, Wilks totaled a goal and an assist, netting the game-winner in the 65th minute. In the 2-1 overtime win over the Beavers Oct. 21, Wilks scored the game-winner just one minute into the overtime period, giving Arizona its first ever Pac-10 sweep.

This is Wilks' first career Pac-10 Player of the Week honor and Arizona's third women's soccer Player of the Week honor all-time.

ARIZONA HEAD COACH CATHY KLEIN: Second-year head coach Cathy Klein (SUNY-Cortland, 1987) holds a 8-22-3 mark at the helm of the Arizona program. She has a Division I career record of 65-63-4 over six years and is 87-116-9 in 11 years 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 second 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 first season with the Wildcats. His primary responsibility at the UA is coaching the goalkeepers. His wife, Tawnya Mann, is also lending a hand as a volunteer assistant.

LOOKING AHEAD: The Wildcats return to Murphey Stadium next weekend for a season-ending three-game homestand. Arizona faces California on Friday, Nov. 2, at 7 p.m., then takes on Stanford on Sunday, Nov. 4, at 11 a.m. The Cats wrap up their season against rival Arizona State on Friday, Nov. 9, at 7 p.m.

PRACTICE SCHEDULE: All daily practices during the regular season, until Nov. 8, will be held from 2:30-4:30 p.m. The team will have weight-lifting sessions each Tuesday and Wednesday immediately after practice until 5:45 p.m., therefore no post-practice interviews on these days will be allowed until the strength training is completed.

Media are encouraged to attend all practices but are not permitted to converse with coaches or players during practice. Media can interview coaches and players after practice only. No pre-practice interviews will be permitted. All practices and games are conducted at Murphey Soccer Stadium, located at 15th Street and Plumer Ave.

THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME: Murphey Stadium has been very good to the Wildcats this year, as they have garnered a perfect 5-0-1 mark there so far this season. The Cats have out-scored opponents, 22-6, in home games this year, including a whopping 13-3 edge during second-half play. They have out-shot opponents, 132-82, and have a solid 0.95 goals-against average in home games.

RECORD WATCH: With ten school records already tied or broken this season, Arizona is on-pace to break at least four more. The Cats are only three assists from the school single-season record of 20, and they are just four goals away from that record as well (30). They are also only eight points from the season record of 77 and nine corner kicks from that record (75).

MAKING HER MARK: Senior midfielder Twila Kaufman has been steadily moving up the UA career lists in both games played and games started, and she should be Arizona's career leader in both categories before the season is over. Kaufman is currently No. 2 on the career games started list, with 67, just one behind the all-time leader Nikki Jones (1995-98). Kaufman is tied for third on the career games played list, with 69, which puts her only two starts out of first place, which is held by Jones as well (71 gs).

SCORING IN BUNCHES: Freshman forward Candice Wilks has seven goals on the season, but she notched them all in only four games. She ran off three goals against Southern Utah on Sept. 7, dented the net twice against UNLV on Sept. 23, then had one goal each against Oregon (Oct. 19) and Oregon State (Oct. 21).

CONSISTENT CONTRIBUTOR: Freshman midfielder Vanesha Bailey has scored or assisted at least one goal in seven of the season's 13 matches.

RANKED OPPONENTS: Seven of the 18 opponents on Arizona's schedule this year are either nationally ranked or are receiving votes for ranking.

In the NSCAA Coaches Poll, UCLA is No. 3, Nebraska is No. 4, Stanford is No. 6, Washington is No. 16, Pepperdine is No. 20 and California is No. 22. USC received votes for ranking.

The Soccer America Top 20 has Stanford at No. 3, UCLA at No. 4, Nebraska at No. 7 and Washington at No. 16.

In the SoccerBuzz.com national rankings, UCLA stands at #3, followed by #4 Stanford, #9 Nebraska, #19 Washington, #24 California and #25 Pepperdine. USC received votes for ranking.

NOTING THE PAC-10: Stanford has taken over a narrow lead in the Pac-10 standings, with a perfect 4-0-0 conference mark. UCLA is close behind at 3-0-0, followed by Washington and USC, both 2-1-0 in league play. California and Arizona are tied for fifth in the conference standings with 2-2-0 Pac-10 marks.

UCLA, Stanford, California and Washington are all nationally ranked again this week.

ON LOCATION: The Wildcats are 5-0-1 at home this season, 0-7-0 on the road and 0-0-0 in neutral games. Last year, Arizona garnered a 2-5-0 mark at home, was 1-8-1 on the road and was 0-0-1 in neutral matches.

TWICE IS NICE: Traditionally, the Cats have fared rather well when scoring two or more goals in a match. They have scored two or more in seven of the season's 13 games and have a 5-1-1 mark when doing so. Over the eight years of Wildcat soccer, the UA has a 33-18-2 record when scoring two goals or more.

CLOSE BUT...: The outcome of four of the Wildcats' 13 games this season have been decided by one goal or less. In the eight-year history of the Arizona soccer program, 59 matches have been decided by that one-goal-or-less differential.

CAT SCRATCHES: Arizona has a 5-0 record this year when holding the opponent to one or fewer goals... The Cats are also 3-0 when scoring three or more goals... Freshman forward Cassie Daniels has four assists already this year, only two away from tying the school single-season record in that category.

MONTI'S MUSINGS: Each week throughout the 2001 season, senior goalkeeper Shannon Monti will be sharing her thoughts with fans via the official UA athletics web site, www.arizcats.com.

WHAT A WEEKEND: With their 2-1 win over Oregon on Oct. 19, the Wildcats ended a six-game losing skid for the season and also brought to an end a 12-game winless streak in Pac-10 play. The victory also marked Arizona's first-ever win over the Ducks.

When the Cats beat Oregon State on Oct. 21, they logged their first-ever back-to-back Pac-10 victories and their first-ever Pac-10 sweep. They also set a new school record for corner kicks with 12 in the match.

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