On Friday, Oct. 12 UA (5-6-0) plays its first Pac-10 contest against the Washington State Cougars (7-1-2) at 7 p.m.? On Sunday, Oct. 14, the Cats will host the Washington Huskies (3-7-0) at 1 p.m.? The game will be held at Murphey Field at Mulcahy Stadium, located at 15th Street and Plumber Ave.
Last Week Recap
The Arizona dropped a 1-0 decision to No. 16 BYU on Saturday night at home in the Wildcatsˇ? final non-conference game of the season.? With the loss the Wildcats fell to 5-6 overall, while the Cougars remained unbeaten at 9-0-2.
BYU scored the only goal of the game 8:14 into the first half off of a penalty kick by Katie Larkin, her ninth goal of the season.
Arizona had 11 shots in the game, including six shots on goal, but could not get any past BYU goal keeper Erika Woodbury, who finished the game with six saves.? Sophomore Analisa Marquez led Arizona with three shots, including two shots on goal.
BYU had eight shots in the game, including three shots on goal.
Freshman goalkeeper Danielle Nicolai finished the game with two saves.
Coach Dan Tobias
Arizona head coach Dan Tobias is in his fifth season at Arizona.? In 2003, Tobias took over a program that in its nine previous seasons had never had a winning record, and soon he had the Wildcats as contenders in both the Pac-10 and national championship picture.? Tobias carries a 45-41-7 overall record with the Wildcats.? He has earned Pac-10 Coach of the Year honors twice, in 2002, with Washington State and 2004, with Arizona, as well as National Coach of
the Year in 2004 by Soccer America.? In 2004 Tobias also received West Region Coach of the Year by Soccer Buzz and NSCAA West Region Coach of the Year honors as well.? In 2004 Tobias led UA to its first Pac-10 title and followed that with a trip to the Sweet 16 in 2005.
About the Cougars
Head coach Matt Potter is in his fifth season with the Cougars, since taking over for UA head coach Dan Tobias.? In his previous four seasons, Potter has guided Washington State to a 34-32-12 overall record and a 13-16-7 record in conference play.? Last year, the Cougars went 9-7-4, and finished fourth in the conference with a 4-3-2 record.? In 2006 the Cougars set a school record with 10 shutouts.? Prior to arriving in Pullman, Potter spent one season as the Scottsdale Community College womenˇ?s soccer coach, where he guided the Fighting Artichokes to a 9-7-1 overall record.? Washington State is led in scoring by senior forward Brooke Bemis and sophomore forward Kiersten Dallstream, with five goals apiece.? One off the pace is red-shirt freshman midfielder Mallory Fox with four goals; senior defender Allison Scurich and sophomore midfielder Carley Dobratz round out the scoring for the Cougars with two goals apiece.?
The Cougars are led in goal by senior Brynn Bemis who has allowed 0.78 goals per game and has saved 36 shots on goal, a .818 save percentage.? The only non-conference opponent the Cats and Cougars shared was Nevada, the Cougar defeated the Wolf Pack 1-0.
The Cougars lead the all-time series 6-2-1 and have won three of the last five meeting with Arizona.? Last year Washington State beat UA, 1-0.
10/25/98 UA 0, WSU 0??????????????
10/29/99 WSU 3, UA 2
10/13/00 WSU 4, UA 0 ?????????????
10/28/01 WSU 3, UA 1
11/3/02 WSU 4, UA 2 ???????????????
11/7/03 UA 2, WSU 1
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10/16/05 WSU 2, UA 1 (OT)
10/1/06 WSU 1, UA 0
About the Huskies
Lesle Gallimore is in her 14th?season with the Huskies and has accumulated 137 wins, which ranks second among active Pac-10 coaches.? At UW Gallimore has racked up 54 Pac-10 victories, placing her third among active conference coaches.?
In 2006, the Huskies went 7-12-1 and 2-6-1 in conference, good for eighth place in the Pac-10.? In 2004, the Huskies advanced to the Elite Eight and finished third in the conference behind Arizona and UCLA.?
The Huskies are currently 3-7-0 overall.? The Huskies have six players with goals this year: Dani Bridges and Shuree Hyatt each have three goals, McKenna Waitley has two, and Nikki Murray, Melissa Beal and Jenna Robinson each have one goal.? The Huskies are lead in goal by Taylor Carr who has recorded 38 saves and allowed 1.80 goals/game for .679 save percentage.? The Huskies and Cats share two non-conference opponents, UW lost to both Utah (3-2) and BYU (2-1).
Washington leads the all-time series 9-2-0, although UA has won three of the last five matches to UA, although the Huskies did earn a 3-2 overtime win last year over the Wildcats.
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10/25/96 UW 3, UA 1
10/17/97 UW 1, UA 0????????????????
10/23/98 UW 3, UA 2 (OT)
10/31/99 UW 4, UA 0????????????????
10/25/00 UW 2, UA 1
10/26/01 UW 2, UA 0????????????????
11/1/02 UA 2, UW 1 (2OT)
11/0/03 UW 3, UA 0??????????????????
10/8/04 UA 3, UW 1
10/14/05 UA 1, UW 0????????????????
11/3/06 UW 3, UA 2 (OT)
Against Ranked Opponents
The Cats are 1-3 against ranked opponents this season.? They have defeated No. 4 Texas, 2-0, and lost to No. 10 Virginia, 4-0, No. 2 Santa Clara, 1-0 (2OT) and No. 16 BYU, 1-0.?
Prior to the victory over No. 4 Texas on Sept. 9, the last time the Wildcats won a game against a ranked opponent was 2005, when the Cats defeated No. 25 Utah and No. 21 Stanford.? This was the same year the Cats advanced to the Sweet 16.? The last time the Wildcats defeated an opponent ranked as high as the fourth-ranked Longhorns was Oct. 8, 2004 when the Cats beat No. 4 Washington; the same year the Cat won the Pac-10 title.? Also in 2004 the Wildcats defeated No. 5 UCLA.
Leading the Pac
Jasmine Namdar and Samantha Drees are tied for eighth in the Pac-10 in assists with three assists a piece.? Namdar ranks tied for 10th in assists/game with 0.30 assists/game.? Jasmin Day remains in the top 10 for goals (tied for tenth) with four.? Danielle Nicolai ranks eighth in the conference in saves with 38, third in saves per game with 3.45 saves/game, tied for fifth in shutouts with two.?? Arizona ranks fourth in the conference in attendance with a 638 average.