WHAT’S HAPPENING:The University of Arizona women’s soccer team will host Cal Poly and Montana this weekend at Lohse Stadium. The Wildcats and Mustangs will face off at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 15. Arizona will take on Montana at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 17.
LAST TIME OUT: The Wildcats won the Four Points Sheraton Cats Classic with wins over Gonzaga and Hawaii. London King led Arizona to a 1-0 victory over the Zags and Gianna DeSaverio had the sudden-victory goal to give the Wildcats a 1-0 overtime win against Hawaii. Chelsea McIntyre was in goal for Arizona in both games and recorded 16 saves in total over the weekend. King was the tournament’s offensive most valuable player.
FAST START: Arizona has scored seven of its eight goals this season in the first half. The Wildcats have scored six before the 30:00 minute mark, three times giving them the ealry lead.
IN GOAL: Through six games, Chelsea McIntyre’s stats are very similar to the numbers McCall Smith put up last season in the team’s first six games. Both goalkeepers allowed four goals, while Smith had 34 saves compared to McIntyre’s 33. After McIntyre’s two shutouts over the weekend, she was named to Top Drawer Soccer’s team of the week.
REPLACING MILLER: Gianna DeSaverio and London King have teamed up to replace the scoring numbers put up by All-American Mallory Miller last season. DeSaverio and King have combined for six goals and one assist so far this season. Miller, through the first six games last season, had five goals and one assist.
ABOUT CAL POLY: Cal Poly has a 3-3-0 record so far this season. Its wins have come against Pepperdine, San Jose State and St. Francis (PA). Kelsey Carroll leads the Mustangs with three goals and one assist this year. Cal Poly’s goalkeeper is Alli Tramel and she has started all six games this season. She holds a 1.20 GAA, allowing seven goals so far.
The Mustangs went 10-5-4 last season, 2-4-1 in the Big West Conference. Cal Poly returns seven starters and 17 letterwinners from last year’s squad.
Cal Poly is coached by Alex Crozier, who is in his 15th season with the Mustangs. He has a 178-83-27 career record.
MUSTANGS VS. WILDCATS: The series is tied up 1-1-1. The last time the two teams faced each other, they played to a 0-0 tie in double overtime on Sept. 4, 2005.
ABOUT MONTANA: Montana has a 3-3-0 record so far. The Grizzlies have beaten Utah Valley State, Idaho and Lehigh. Lindsay Winans leads Montana with three goals. Grace Harris is the Grizzlies goalkeeper and she has played in all six of Montana’s games this season. She has a 0.83 GAA, allowing five goals.
The Grizzlies return 13 starters and 15 letterwinners from the 2005 squad that went 3-13-1 overall and 1-5-0 in the Big Sky Conference.
Montana is coached by Neil Sedgwick, who is in his third season with the Grizzlies. He has compiled a 14-24-3 while at Montana.
GRIZZLIES VS. WILDCATS: Montana leads the series with a 3-1-1 advantage. Montana and Arizona tied in their last series meeting, 0-0, on Sept. 26, 2003.
COACHING REUNION: Head Coach Dan Tobias played at Cal Poly from 1983 to 1987. Tobias was a teammate of current Cal Poly Head Coach Alex Crozier his freshman year. Tobias was also the co-captain of ’87 team that made NCAA tournament for first time in school history. Tobias was an assistant on Crozier’s staff from 1994-98.
Assistant coach Lisa Oyen will be having a reunion of her own as well.. Oyen was a four-year letterwinner as a defender at Montana. She helped lead the Grizzlies to a conference championship in 1997.ARIZONA IN THE RANKINGS: The Wildcats re-enter the Soccer Buzz West Region poll at No. 13.
Pac-10 IN THE RANKINGS: UCLA is ranked No. 4 in the Soccer America, No. 3 in the Soccer Buzz and No. 4 NSCAA polls. California stands as the No. 16 in the Soccer Buzz poll and No. 15 in both the Soccer America and NSCAA polls. Southern California is ranked No. 20 in the Soccer Buzz poll.
Additionally, Pac-10 teams hold six of the top-15 spots in Soccer Buzz’s West Region Poll,
2. Santa Clara
7. Long Beach St.
9. Fresno State
11. San Diego
14. Cal St. Fullerton
15 (tie). Oregon State
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 36-27-5 record at Arizona.