WHAT’S HAPPENING:The University of Arizona women’s soccer team (8-6-1, 1-2-1) hosts UCLA and USC to wrap up its remaining home schedule. The Wildcats will take on the No. 3 Bruins at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 20. Arizona will then face the 21st-ranked Women of Troy at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 22.
LAST TIME OUT: Arizona earned its first tie of the season with a 1-1 finish in double overtime against No. 12 California. The Bears got out to an early lead with a goal at the 11:23 mark. The Wildcats tied it at the 41:43 mark with an own goal off a corner kick by Kaity Heath. Both teams went scoreless for the remainder of the game to complete the tie. Arizona then fell to No. 25 Stanford, 3-0. The Cardinal scored once in the first half and put the game out of reach with two goals in the second half. Chelsea McInytre recorded 14 saves in the game to beat her personal best of 11 that came against Hawaii (Sept. 10, 2006).
TOUGH COMPETITION: Arizona has faced five Top-25 teams already this season, four on the road. The Wildcats have earned a 0-4-1 record in these games. The team earned its tie against 12th-ranked California.
PLAY NICE: Last season’s squad racked up 12 yellow cards and two red cards after 15 games, while this year’s team has only four yellow cards and one red card in the same number of contests. However, the 2006 Wildcats do average one more foul per game (11.3) than the 2005 team (10.2).
TOPS IN THE PAC-10: Arizona leads the Pac-10 in saves and average saves per game with 85 and 5.67, respectively. The Wildcats are also second in corner kicks taken with 74. Offensively, Arizona is fourth in shots (193). Individually, Gianna DeSaverio ranks third in goals scored (6) and is tied for fourth in points (16) and shots (47). DeSaverio is ranked in the top ten of eight of the nine offensive categories. Chelsea McIntyre ranks first in saves made (81) and saves per game (5.40). She is second in save percentage (.844). McIntyre’s 14-save effort verses Stanford is the most for any Pac-10 goalkeeper this season (Oct. 15).
FAST START: Arizona continues to get off to a fast start this year. The Wildcats have scored 13 of their 19 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.
DRAMATIC ENDING: Through 15 games, the Wildcats have already competed in four overtime games. Arizona is 2-1-1 in such contests, winning both games that ended in the first extra period, while losing one game in double overtime.
FAMILIAR FACES: Sophomores Chelsea McIntyre and Savanah Levake have played every minute of Arizona’s 15 games this season. McIntyre played in only one game last season, while Levake played in 17 of the Wildcats’ 22 games.
IN GOAL:Through 15 games, Chelsea McIntyre has done a solid job replacing the injured McCall Smith. McIntyre has allowed only 15 goals, two less than Smith, and has made 81 saves, while posting five shutouts. McIntyre has a 0.96 GAA, while Smith had a 1.07 GAA in the first 15 games.
REPLACING MILLER: Gianna DeSaverio leads the Wildcat offense with six goals and four assists. In total, she has scored or assisted on nine of the Wildcats’ 19 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 the first 15 games, Arizona’s defensive stats have improved from last year. The Wildcats have scored six less goals, but they have also allowed two less. This season’s team has posted a 8-6-1 record, while the 2005 squad went 8-4-3 throught the first 15 games.
ABOUT UCLA: UCLA has a 12-2-0 record so far this season, 3-0 in the Pac-10. The Bruins have won their last six straight. Last weekend, UCLA defeated USC, 2-1, in overtime. The Bruins’ only losses have come on the road against No. 3 Penn State, 3-1and No. 5 Santa Clara, 3-0. UCLA leads the Pac-10 in points (76), goals (27), goals per game (1.93) and corners (75). Lauren Cheney leads the Bruins with 11 goals. Cheney leads the conference in shots per game (4.30), points (22), points per game (2.20), goals (11) and goals per game (1.10). UCLA’s time in goal is split between Valerie Henderson and Ashley Thompson. Henderson has gotten the majority of time playing in 10 of the Bruins 14 games. She holds a 0.60 GAA, allowing six goals. The Bruins have taken 231 shots this season compared to their opponents’ 105 and scored 18 more goals (27-9).
The Bruins went 22-2-2 last season, 7-0-2 in the Pac-10 Conference. UCLA finished second in the NCAA tournament behind national champion Portland. UCLA lost 4-0 in the title game. The Bruins return nine starters and 20 letterwinners from last year’s squad.
UCLA is coached by Jillian Ellis, who is in her eighth season with the Bruins. She has a 163-45-9 career record.
BRUINS VS. WILDCATS: UCLA leads the series 11-1-0. The Bruins defeated the Wildcats, 2-1, last season in double overtime.
ABOUT SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: USC has a 7-3-3 record so far this season, 0-1-2 in the conference. The Women of Troy have not been victorious in their last four games, tying Stanford and California while losing to Loyola Marymount and UCLA. Rosa Anna Tantillo leads the team with four goals and eight assists. The Women of Troy lead the Pac-10 in assists with 25. USC’s goalkeeper is Veronica Simonton and she has started all 13 games this season. She holds a 0.52 GAA, allowing seven goals so far. Seven goals is the fewest allowed by any Pac-10 team. USC averages one more goal per game than its opponent (1.51-0.50).
The Women of Troy went 13-6-2 last season, 6-2-1 in the Pac-10. USC returns nine starters and 16 letterwinners from last year’s squad.
USC is coached by Jim Millinder, who is in his 11th season with the Women of Troy. He has a 140-95-23 career record.
WOMEN OF TROY VS. WILDCATS: USC leads the series 9-3-0. Arizona lost last season, 1-0.
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 streak from 2004. Additonally, Arizona’s two overtime wins so far this season also ties the season record held by the 2000 squad.
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 (Sept. 28).
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 40-31-6 record at Arizona.
ARIZONA IN THE RANKINGS: Arizona fell to No. 14 in the Soccer Buzz West Region poll.
Pac-10 IN THE RANKINGS: UCLA is ranked No. 3 in the NSCAA and Soccer Buzz polls and No. 4 in the the Soccer America poll. California stands at No. 28 in the Soccer Buzz poll. Southern California is ranked No. 23 in the Soccer Buzz poll. Stanford moved up to No. 22 in the Soccer Buzz poll and entered the NSCAA poll at No. 19.
Additionally, Pac-10 teams hold seven of the top-15 spots in Soccer Buzz’s West Region Poll,
3. Santa Clara
9. Long Beach State
10. Loyola Marymount
12. San Diego
t15. Washington State