WHAT’S HAPPENING:The University of Arizona women’s soccer team (8-5-0) travels to Northern California to compete in its second weekend of Pac-10 play. The Wildcats will take on the No. 12 California Bears at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 13. Arizona will then face 25th-ranked Stanford at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 15.
LAST TIME OUT: Arizona began Pac-10 play last weekend with a split against the Oregon schools. Against Oregon, the Wildcats fell behind by two goals and they were not able to make up the difference, losing 2-1. Arizona was able to bounce back and shut out Oregon State to get its first Pac-10 win, 2-0.
FIRST GOAL: Analisa Marquez scored her first career goal against Oregon State. Marquez had only one shot all game but took advantage of it, scoring on a give-and-go with Gianna DeSaverio. Four other Wildcats have also recorded their first career goal this season: Jacqueline Broussard, Laura Huylebroeck, Jasmine Namdar and Sally Thurner.
PLAY NICE: Last season’s squad racked up nine yellow cards and one red card after 13 games, while this year’s team has only four yellow cards in the same number of contests. However, the 2006 Wildcats do average one more foul per game (10.8) than the 2005 team (9.7).
TOPS IN THE PAC-10: Arizona leads the Pac-10 in saves and is second in average saves per game with 63 and 4.85, respectively. The Wildcats are also tied for second in corner kicks taken with 62. Offensively, Arizona is fourth in shots (179), assists (17) and assists per game (1.31). The Wildcats do not rank lower than seventh in any catergory. Individually, Gianna DeSaverio ranks third in goals scored (6), points (16) and shots (43). DeSaverio is ranked in the top ten of every offensive catergory. Chelsea McIntyre ranks first in saves made (62), save percentage (.849) and saves per game (4.77). McIntyre’s 11-save effort verses Hawaii is the most for any Pac-10 goalkeeper this season (Sept. 10, 2006).
FAST START: Arizona continues to get off to a fast start this year. The Wildcats have scored 12 of their 18 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. The Wildcats have also recorded 16 more shots in the first period than their opponents.
DRAMATIC ENDING: Through 13 games, the Wildcats have already competed in three overtime games. Arizona is 2-1 in such contests, winning both games that ended in the first extra period, while losing one game in double overtime.
FAMILIAR FACES: Both Chelsea McIntyre and Savanah Levake have played every minute of Arizona’s eleven games this season. McIntyre played in only one game last season, while Levake played in 17 of the Wildcats’ 22 games.
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.
IN GOAL: Through 13 games, Chelsea McIntyre has done a solid job replacing injured McCall Smith. McIntyre has allowed only eleven goals, four less than Smith, and has made 62 saves, while posting five shutouts. McIntyre has a 0.82 GAA, while Smith had a 1.11 GAA in the first 13 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’ 18 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 weekend of Pac-10 play, Arizona’s defensive stats have improved from last year. The Wildcats have scored six less goals, but they have also allowed four less. This season’s team has posted a 8-5-0 record, while the 2005 squad went 8-3-2 throught the first 13 games.
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).
ABOUT CALIFORNIA: California has a 7-2-3 record so far this season. It fell to UCLA, 4-1 and played USC to a 0-0 tie last weekend. Katie Ratican leads the Bears with three goals and three assists. California’s goalkeeper is Anna Key and she has started 11 of the team’s 12 games. She holds a 0.62 GAA, allowing seven goals. California is tied for 11th in the nation with a 0.67 shut out percentage and is 23rd in GAA at 0.554. The Bears have taken 37 more shots than their opponents and have scored eight more goals this year.
The Bears went 16-4-2 last season, 7-1-1 in the Pac-10 Conference. California returns nine starters and 21 letterwinners from last year’s squad.
California is coached by Kevin Boyd, who is in his 10th season with the Bears. He has a 112-58-15 career record.
BEARS VS. WILDCATS: California leads the series 10-0-1. Arizona tied California last season, 0-0 in double overtime.
ABOUT STANFORD: Stanford has a 7-5-1 record so far this season. The Cardinal has not won in its last three contests, falling to Santa Clara, 2-0, tying USC, 0-0, and losing to UCLA, 2-0. Shari Summers leads the Cardinal with six goals. Stanford’s goalkeeper is Alex Gamble and she has started all 13 games this season. She holds a 0.73 GAA, allowing nine goals so far. Gamble has faced only 23 shots on goal all season. Stanford is tied for 20th in the nation with a 0.62 shut out percentage. The Cardinal has out-shot its opponents 188 to 70, and has scored 12 more goals so far this season.
The Cardinal went 10-7-3 last season, 4-3-2 in the Pac-10. Stanford returns eight starters and 17 letterwinners from last year’s squad.
Stanford is coached by Paul Ratcliffe, who is in his fourth season with the Cardinal. He has a 88-56-15 career record.
CARDINAL VS. WILDCATS: Stanford leads the series 9-2-0. Arizona defeated the Cardinal last season, 2-1.
ARIZONA IN THE RANKINGS: Arizona fell out of the national rankings this week. The Wildcats, however, remained at No. 11 in the Soccer Buzz West Region poll.
Pac-10 IN THE RANKINGS: UCLA is ranked No. 4 in the NSCAA and Soccer Buzz polls and No. 6 in the the Soccer America poll. California stands as No. 16, No. 19 and No. 22 team in the Soccer Buzz, Soccer America and NSCAA polls, respectively. Southern California is ranked No. 21 in the Soccer Buzz poll and No. 24 in the Soccer America poll. Stanford fell to No. 29 in the Soccer Buzz poll.
Additionally, Pac-10 teams hold six of the top-15 spots in Soccer Buzz’s West Region Poll,
1. Santa Clara
9. Loyola Marymount
10. Long Beach St.
14. Cal State Fullerton
t15. Oregon State
t15. San Diego
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 40-30-5 record at Arizona.