Sept. 3, 2011
Arizona (0-3) vs. Brigham Young (3-1-1) Monday, Sept. 5 1 p.m. MST Provo, Utah South Field
TUCSON, Ariz. - University of Arizona Wildcat women's soccer team will kick off a three-game road swing Monday, in Provo, Utah, against Brigham Young University. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. MST.
Last weekend: Arizona (0-3) hosted South Carolina in a highly physical match fought all the way until the second overtime. Through four periods, the Wildcats out-shot the Gamecocks 11-8, but were unable to hit the goal for the third straight game this season. Sophomore Jazmin Ponce led the squad with six shot attempts.
Noting the Cougars: Friday, Brigham Young won an at-home thriller, defeating Cal State Fullerton 2-1. The Cougars (3-1-1) were bolstered by nine saves from goalkeeper McKinzie Olson. The Titans scored their first and only goal in the 19th minute, but BYU was able to equalize in the 26th. In a more frantic second half, Cougar Jennie Marshall knocked in the game-winner in the 66th, assisted by Auna Doria and Colette Jepson.
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 Jett returns 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 34 shot attempts through three games, including 12 on goal (.352). Now it's just a matter of finishing. The Wildcats have the players to do it. A total of 12 players have attempted a shot this season, with seven placing a shot on goal. Last year's leading goal scorer Renae Cuellar is tied for first on the team with ten shots (three on goal), along with sophomore Jazmin Ponce.
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.
Head Coach Lisa Oyen: Lisa Oyen enters 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 McIntyre stopped 109 shots on goal in 2006.
Up Next: Up next, the Wildcats have a quick turnaround, heading to Tempe to compete in the Sun Devil Desert Classic. First, Arizona will face Missouri on Friday, Sept. 9 at 2 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 4, the squad will face Oklahoma 11 a.m.
For complete results from the event and continued coverage of Arizona Wildcat women's soccer, visit ArizonaWildcats.com.