Sept. 4, 2002
WHAT'S HAPPENING: The University of Arizona women's soccer team (2-0-0 overall) is set to begin a stretch that will see it play five of its next six matches on the road. This week, the Wildcats will head back to familiar territory for head coach Cathy Klein, as they participate in the Iowa State Cyclone Classic in Ames, Iowa. Arizona will take on Wisconsin in the first game of the tournament on Friday, Sept. 6, at 2 p.m. CDT. The Cats will play Northern Iowa in the tourney's second round on Sunday, Sept. 8, at 11 a.m. CDT.
SCOUTING ARIZONA: The Wildcats are coming off an outstanding weekend that saw them claim the title of their own Wildcat Invitational. Arizona opened the 2002 season last Friday night with a 2-0 win over Drake in the first round of the tournament, then the Cats capped the weekend with a 1-0 victory over Cal Poly on Sunday. This marks the first time in the history of the program that the Wildcats have opened a season with back-to-back shutout victories and is the first time since 1997 that the Cats have begun a season with two straight wins.
Each of Arizona's three goals over the weekend was scored by a different player. Senior defender Tymarie Novak (Orange, Calif./Rosary Catholic HS) notched the Cats' first goal of the season on Friday night, her second goal as a Wildcat. True freshman forward Lisa Kosena (Englewood, Colo./Cherry Creek HS) and redshirt freshman forward Kelly Nelson (Lakewood, Calif./Mayfair HS) each dented the net once, logging their first collegiate goals. Another freshman, forward Erin Clewett (Yorba Linda, Calif./Esperanza HS) assisted Nelson's goal for the win on Sunday.
Kosena currently leads the Cats with six shots, including three on-goal. Fellow freshman Mallory Miller (Tucson, Ariz./Salpointe Catholic HS) follows with five shots, while last year's leading scorer Candice Wilks (Altadena, Calif./LaSalle HS) has three shots on the season.
True freshman goalkeeper Amanda Martin (Franklin, Tenn. HS) played all 180 minutes in the nets for the Cats last weekend, tallying 14 saves while not allowing any goals. She racked up nine saves against Cal Poly on Sunday, and with the weekend's two shutouts, she has become the first Wildcat goalkeeper since 1999 to log more than one shutout in a season.
SCOUTING WISCONSIN: The Badgers are 1-1-0 on the season after splitting a pair of matches at the adidas Invitational in Lincoln, Neb., last weekend. Wisconsin opened the tournament with a 1-0 win over Southern California on Friday night, then they dropped a close 1-0 decision to host and then-No. 10 Nebraska on Sunday. Wisconsin is not nationally ranked but is ranked No. 6 in the Great Lakes Region.
Senior midfielder Lauren Schmidt scored UW's only goal of the weekend, with sophomore midfielder Sarah Capel garnering the assist. Senior goalkeeper Kelly Conway has amassed seven saves, one shutout and a 0.50 goals-against average in 180 minutes of play so far.
Wisconsin returned 22 letterwinners, including seven starters, from last season's 5-11-3 team that finished 11th in the Big Ten.
Badgers head coach Dean Duerst (Wisconsin, 1985) holds a 93-64-20 mark in nine seasons at the helm of his alma mater's program.
Arizona's matchup with Wisconsin on Friday will be a first for the two programs.
SCOUTING NORTHERN IOWA: The Panthers are 0-1-1 on the season after beginning 2002 with a 2-2 overtime tie at Western Illinois last Friday, then losing at Iowa, 1-0, on Sunday.
Sophomore forward Emily McCart scored both of Northern Iowa's goals against WIU and stands as the Panthers' leading scorer with four points. Freshman forward Shanon Dechant has a team-high five shots on the season so far. Junior goalkeeper Ann-Marie Witko has played all 200 minutes in-goal for the Panthers, tallying 26 saves and a 1.35 goals-against average.
The Panthers returned 10 letterwinners, with eight starters, from a club that went 4-12-0 overall in 2001 and was 0-6 in Missouri Valley Conference play.
Northern Iowa head coach Linda Whitehead (Western Ontario, 1982) holds a 7-27-3 record in her third season with the Panthers. She is 18-88-6 in seven seasons as a head coach.
Sunday's match between Arizona and Northern Iowa will be the first meeting for the two teams.
ARIZONA'S LAST TIME OUT: Logging its second straight shutout victory, Arizona edged Cal Poly, 1-0, to take the title of the Wildcat Invitational at home on Sunday. This marks the first time in the program's history that the Cats have opened a season with two shutout wins, as they blanked Drake, 2-0, to kickoff the season on Friday night.
Cal Poly had a decided advantage in the shots category, out-shooting the Cats, 17-7, and the Mustangs had nine shots on-goal to Arizona's three. The barrage kept UA freshman goalkeeper Amanda Martin busy, as she registered nine saves en route to her second shutout. Martin is the first UA 'keeper since 1999 to log more than one shutout in a season.
The first half was even, although Cal Poly had a 6-4 edge in shots, and the two teams played to a scoreless tie at the break. The Mustangs turned up the heat in the second half, however, and out-shot Arizona, 11-3, for the period. All the Wildcats really needed was the one shot that went in, a strike from the left side in the 69th minute by redshirt freshman Kelly Nelson, her first collegiate goal. True freshman Erin Clewett set up the tally and was credited with her first collegiate assist.
WILDCAT RECRUITING CLASS RANKED AMONG BEST IN REGION: The 2002 UA women's soccer recruiting class has been ranked 17th in the West Region by Soccer Buzz Magazine. That's outstanding when you consider the caliber of women's soccer programs in this region. Every Pac-10 school's recruiting class made the regional top 20 list.
CATS LOSE LIZ BARTLETT: Due to chronic illness, junior forward Liz Bartlett (Dove Canyon, Calif./Santa Margarita Catholic HS) has decided to take a permanent medical hardship and will no longer be playing for the Wildcats. She will, however, still participate in the team's community service projects.
After being one of the UA's top scorers in each of her first two seasons, Bartlett finishes her career as Arizona's fifth-leading scorer all time. She started all 36 of the matches she played in and missed only two matches in her two seasons at the UA. Bartlett collected 76 shots, 10 goals and two assists (22 points) during her brief Arizona career.
LOOKING AHEAD: The Cats remain on the road next weekend, playing at Oklahoma on Sunday, Sept. 15, at 1 p.m. CDT.
Arizona returns home briefly for a match against San Diego on Sunday, Sept. 22, at 11 a.m., then the Wildcats head back East for matches at Belmont (Sept. 27) and at Kentucky (Sept. 29).
ARIZONA HEAD COACH CATHY KLEIN: Third-year head coach Cathy Klein (SUNY-Cortland, 1987) holds a 10-27-3 mark at the helm of the Arizona program. She has a Division I career record of 67-68-4 over eight years and is 89-121-9 in 13 seasons as a head coach.
Klein was named as the Wildcats' new head coach in January, 2000. She came to the UA after a five-year stint building a new women's soccer program at Iowa State. In four varsity seasons with the Cyclones, Klein garnered a 43-37-1 mark. Before Iowa State, Klein was head coach at Creighton and Division III schools Earlham College and Utica College.
THE REST OF THE STAFF: In her third season at the UA, Melissa Estrada (Creighton, 1995) followed Cathy Klein from Iowa State, where Estrada was part of Klein's coaching staff for four years. She assists with recruiting and works with the field players.
Assistant coach Casey Mann (Grand View College, 1997) is in his second season with the Wildcats. His primary responsibility at the UA is coaching the goalkeepers.
ON LOCATION: This year, Arizona is 2-0-0 at home, 0-0-0 in road games and 0-0-0 in neutral contests. The Wildcats were 5-3-1 at home last season, 0-9-0 on the road and 0-0-0 in neutral games.
TWICE IS NICE: Traditionally, the Cats have fared rather well when scoring two or more goals in a match. They won their only match of the season so far in which they have scored more than one goal. Over the nine years of Wildcat soccer, the UA has a 34-19-2 record when scoring two goals or more.
CLOSE BUT...: The outcome of six of the Wildcats' 18 games last season were decided by one goal or less, and the Cats have already had one match decided this season by that differential. In the nine-year history of the Arizona soccer program, 62 matches have been decided by that one-goal-or-less differential.
TOUGH SCHEDULE: Five of this year's UA opponents were nationally ranked this week, and two more were ranked in their region. In this week's NSCAA Coaches' Poll, UCLA is No. 2, Stanford is tied for No. 3, California is No. 11 and Washington is No. 15. In the Soccer America Top 25, Stanford stands at No. 3, UCLA at No. 7, Washington at No. 11, California at No. 12 and Arizona State at No. 21.
In the NSCAA Coaches Regional Polls, UCLA (#1), Stanford (#2), Washington (#5) and Arizona State (#10) are all among the top 10 in the West Region. Kentucky (#3) and Wisconsin (#6) are both ranked in the Great Lakes Region.
2001 IN REVIEW: It was a team and a season dominated by Wildcat youngsters. Thirteen freshmen and sophomores played prominent roles for the 2001 Arizona women's soccer team, helping the Wildcats to 5-12-1 overall and 2-7-0 Pac-10 records. The Cats surpassed the 2000 season win total, and they had more Pac-10 wins than any team since 1997.
After a close 4-2 loss at then-No. 5 Nebraska to open the season on Aug. 31, the Wildcats returned home to post a perfect 3-0-1 mark, giving the team its best start ever. That stretch included an astounding 9-1 victory over Southern Utah on Sept. 9, a game in which the Cats set six school records.
A six-game road trip followed, with several close losses, then Arizona came back to Tucson for its first-ever sweep of the Oregon schools. Playing three nationally ranked teams in their final five matches, the Cats were again edged out of the victory column.
Arizona set or tied 23 school records during the season, including most goals in a season (30), most assists in a season (20), most total points (80) and most corner kicks (87). The Cats finished regular season play as the Pac-10 leader in saves (117).
INDIVIDUALLY FOR THE CATS: Three freshmen led the way for Arizona in scoring last season. Forward Candice Wilks racked up the highest individual goal total in six years when she tallied eight goals and three assists (19 points). Midfielder Vanesha Bailey was just one assist shy of the school record with her team-leading five dishes. She collected six goals and five assists for 17 points, finishing second on the scoring chart.
Rookie midfielder Cassie Daniels was third in scoring with four goals and four assists (12 points), and sophomore Liz Bartlett had five goals and one assist (11 points), the same line she posted in 2000.
In the nets, senior goalkeeper Shannon Monti played 1653 minutes, the second-highest single season minute total for any keeper in school history. She tallied 108 saves, a 2.07 goals against average and one shutout.
Wilks was the only player to earn all-conference honors, as she was named honorable mention All-Pac-10.
TOP SINGLE SEASON PERFORMANCES: Candice Wilks' eight goals was the third-highest single-season goal total in the program's history, and her 19 points tied for third on the single season points list. Wilks' 48 shots was also the eighth-highest single-season total ever.
Vanesha Bailey had five assists on the season, third on the single season top performances list and just one off the school record of six set in 1996 and tied in 1998. Bailey's six goals last year tied her for eighth on the single season top performances list in that category.
THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME: Murphey Stadium was very good to the Wildcats last year, as they garnered a best-ever 5-3-1 mark there during the season. The Cats out-scored opponents, 25-16, in home games last year and out-shot opponents, 167-133.
SCORING IN BUNCHES: Then-freshman forward Candice Wilks had eight goals last season, but she notched them all in only five games. She ran off three goals against Southern Utah on Sept. 7, 2001, dented the net twice against UNLV on Sept. 23, then had one goal each against Oregon (Oct. 19) and Oregon State (Oct. 21). She scored one goal in the season finale against Arizona State (Nov. 9).
CONSISTENT CONTRIBUTOR: Then-midfielder Vanesha Bailey scored or assisted at least one goal in 10 of last season's 18 matches.
CAT SCRATCHES: Arizona had a 5-0 record last year when holding the opponent to one or fewer goals... The Cats were 3-0 when scoring three or more goals... They were also 4-0 when they out-shot their opponents.