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Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 10/05/2010
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Oct. 5, 2010

Arizona at Washington
7 p.m. | Friday, Oct. 8
Seattle, Wash.

Arizona at Washington State
1 p.m. | Sunday, Oct. 10
Pullman, Wash.

TUCSON--The Arizona women's soccer team will open Pac-10 play on Friday, October 8, in Seattle, where they will take on the University of Washington at 7 p.m. On Sunday the Wildcats will continue their road swing with a 1 p.m. match at Washington State.

About the Huskies: The University of Washington soccer squad ended their non-conference schedule with a loss to Portland in double overtime. Against the No. 4 team in the nation, Washington's (7-3-1) lone goal came in the 6th minute of play when junior Sarah Martinez headed the ball in off freshman Lindsay Elston's corner kick. Portland equalized in the 82nd minute, and senior Jane Mitchell hit the game-winner in the final minute of the second overtime.

About the Cougars: The Washington State soccer team hit their third consecutive win on Friday, defeating Gonzaga 4-0. Freshman Eileen Maes became the sixth Cougar to record a hat trick with her trio of goals in the 51st, 87th, and 89th minutes. Washington State (5-6-0) recorded a season high 19 shots in their third straight shutout win.

Last Week: The Arizona women's soccer team won their second straight game 2-1 against the University of San Francisco.

In the final non-conference match of the season, the first half went scoreless until senior Macke Mutz headed the ball in off sophomore Kirstyn Magyar's corner kick in the 65th minute of play. Minutes later, fellow senior Alex Davis took a feed from freshman Ana Montoya for the game winner, the first of her career.

Arizona (4-5-2) was even with San Francisco (4-9) on shots with 13 apiece, and had a slim advantage on corner kicks at 6-5.

In goal, junior Ashley Jett had nine saves and one goal against as her record improved to 4-3-2.

Wildcat freshmen: Arizona boasts an extremely young team this season with the addition of twelve newcomers: Ana Montoya, Kenzie Akerfelds, Jessica Fitzgerald, Jensen Skinner, Jazmin Ponce, Gabrielle Lindeman, Shannon Heinzler, Samantha Cummings, MacKenzie Jaroch, Amy Olson, and goalkeepers Lorena Aragon and Jamie Wilkinson.

The freshmen combine for 54.2 percent of Arizona's total shots with 78 of 144, and 55.9 percent of Arizona's total shots on goal, with 38 of 68.

At the conclusion of the non-conference schedule, six freshmen have been given nods to start, and another four have come in off the bench.

In the Top 100: Arizona has two freshmen named in the College Freshmen Top 100 Women rankings for the week of September 30: Jensen Skinner (57) and Jazmin Ponce (81).

Experience in the net: Junior Ashley Jett currently first in the Pac-10 Conference in saves, with 44, and leads the conference in saves per game, with an average of 5.50 saves. This season against Utah (Sept. 26), Jett earned her first career shutout in the 1-0 overtime victory.

Wildcat leaders: Leading the Arizona team this year are the three seniors, Alex Davis, Macke Mutz, and Becky Barry. Last season, Davis took 23 shots, second most on the team, and scored her first career goal against ASU (Oct. 23). Mutz notched 19 started at midfield last season, and developed in to one of Arizona's top team leaders on and off the field. Barry struggled with injures last season, and only appeared in 9 games. She will bring solid leadership to the defensive end of the program.

Challenging Schedule: The Wildcats have a challenging schedule in the 2010 season, facing very strong conference who has received nods from the NSCAA Soccer Rankings:
  1-Stanford
  14-UCLA
  20-USC
  21-California
  25-Arizona State
  Oregon State has also received votes toward the rankings.

Looking Ahead: Up next the Wildcats head up I-10 on October 15, to Tempe to take on conference rival Arizona State in the State Farm Territorial Cup showdown, which will start at 7 p.m.

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