Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
UA Soccer Opens Season vs. UC Irvine
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: August 18, 2009
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Aug. 18, 2009

Tanya Taylor earned All-Big West second team honors. UCI returns three players who have earned All-Big West honors in their careers. Taylor (Buena Park/Sunny Hills HS) earned her second straight All-Big West honor in 2008 as was named to the second team. Juniors Danielle de Seriere (Cerritos/Mayfair HS) and Nikki Forrest (Upland HS) each had All-Big West honorable mention honors as freshmen in 2007.

2008 Season Review: The University of Arizona women's soccer team started out the season red hot winning seven of its first 10 games. However, playing in the nation's best conference the Wildcats only managed to win two of its remaining 11 games to finish the season 9-11. On the bright side, one of the final two games the Wildcats won was against in-state rival Arizona State, in which Arizona won 2-1 in double overtime. The win marked the first win over the Sun Devils in 14 years and the program 100th victory.

The one constant for the Wildcats all season was Chelsea McIntyre in the net. The redshirt junior led the Pac-10 in saves with 100 and saves per game with 5. McIntyre had her career high in saves when she saved 15 against then-No. 2 Stanford Cardinal in a 3-1 defeat. On the season McIntyre registered five shutouts. In the ever difficult Pac-10, the Wildcats did not lose a game by more than two goals mainly because of the solid play of McIntyre.

During non conference play the Wildcats scored 17 goals in 11 games (1.55/per game), but managed only six goals in nine Pac-10 games (0.67/per game). For the season, eight different Wildcats were able to find the back on the net. LONDON KING, KARINA CAMACHO and RENAE CUELLAR all tallied five goals for the team lead. Arizona's inability to score goals was one of the main reasons why they finished 2-7 Pac-10 record for the second straight year.

All-Pac-10: Freshman RENAE CUELLAR was named to the All-Pac-10 Freshman team. In addition, Cuellar earned an All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention selection. Cuellar was the only Wildcat to be named to a post season conference award.

All-Academic: Sophomore midfielder LEILA AMINI was selected to the Pac-10 All-Academic First Team. She was also named to the Second Team Academic All-American for District 8 Region according to ESPN the Magazine. Amini was one of 11 players from the Pac-10 chosen from the District 8 Region.

Step It Up: The Wildcats will look to step up their play against their better opponents this season. A season ago, UA struggled against teams that qualified for the NCAA tournament, losing all nine of its contests. However, the Wildcats were 9-2 against all other opponents. If UA can find a way to win a few games against top-notch teams, it hopes to find itself back in the postseason picture.

Winning in OT: Arizona won three games in overtime in 2008, which set a new school record for such victories. The Wildcats defeated Michigan 1-0, Cal State Northridge 2-1 and Arizona State 2-1.

Next Up: Arizona will travel to Flagstaff to take on Northern Arizona on Friday, Aug. 28 before returning home to host San Diego on Sunday, Aug. 30.


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