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Wildcats to host Bay Area schools
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: October 20, 2010
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Oct. 20, 2010

Arizona vs. California
7 p.m. | Friday, Oct. 22
Murphey Field at Mulcahy Stadium

Arizona vs. No. 1 Stanford
Noon | Sunday, Oct. 24
Murphey Field at Mulcahy Stadium

TUCSON--The Arizona women's soccer team returns to the familiar territory of Murphey Field at Mulcahy Stadium after two weeks of road matches to host California and No. 1 Stanford this weekend. The match against California, on Friday, October 22, will start at 7 p.m. Sunday, October 24, the Wildcats will go head to head with the No. 1 team in the nation at noon.

About the Bears: The California women's soccer team hosted the Washington schools last week, and came out with a pair of conference wins. Against Washington, the Bears (7-3-4, 2-2 Pac-10) took a 2-0 lead in the middle of the second half, only to have the Huskies battle back and tie the game with their goals in the 69th and 89th minutes of action. All signs pointed to overtime until Washington fouled, and sophomore Lauren Battung hit a free kick into the net with four seconds remaining, giving Cal the 3-2 victory. Hosting Washington State, both California's goals also came in the second half, and sophomore GK Lauren Hein made four saves in the 2-0 win.

About the Cardinal: No.1 Stanford (13-0-2, 4-0 Pac-10) stretched their win streak to twelve with a pair of wins over Washington State and Washington last week. In the victory over Washington State, five different players scored for the Cardinal, three in the first half and two in the second. Stanford led the Cougars 16-1 on corner kicks, and made eleven on-goal attempts to their two. Against Washington, the Cardinal took 35 shot attempts, 12 on-goal in the 2-1 victory. Senior Christen Press led the team with 13 shot attempts, and hit the game winner in the 88th minute.

Last Week: Arizona went head to head with conference rival Arizona State last weekend, in Tempe. In the 2-1 defeat, sophomores Ariel Boulicault and Kristyn Magyar, and freshman Jazmin Ponce led the team with two shot attempts each.

Arizona's (4-8-2, 0-3 Pac-10) lone goal was hit by Magyar in the 66th minute of action. The sophomore's header was her first career goal, and evened out the score at 1-1. Senor Alexandra Elston hit the eventual Sun Devil game winner in the 75th minute of action. The Wildcats had multiple chances at equalizing in the final minutes of the game, including a shot from freshman Shannon Heinzler that reverberated off the crossbar.

In goal for the Wildcats, junior GK Ashley Jett grabbed nine saves on the evening. This marks the third time this season that Jett has made nine saves in ninety minutes in the net.

Wildcat freshmen: Arizona boasts an extremely young team this season with the addition of twelve newcomers: Ana Montoya, Kenzie Akerfelds, Jessica Fitzgerald, Jensen Skinner, Jazmin Ponce, Gabrielle Lindeman, Shannon Heinzler, Samantha Cummings, MacKenzie Jaroch, Amy Olson, and goalkeepers Lorena Aragon and Jamie Wilkinson.

The freshmen combine for 55.1 percent of Arizona's total shots with 97 of 176, and 56 percent of Arizona's total shots on goal, with 44 of 79.

At the conclusion of the non-conference schedule, six freshmen have been given nods to start, and another four have come in off the bench.

In the Top 100: Arizona has two freshmen named in the College Freshmen Top 100 Women rankings for the week of September 30: Jensen Skinner (57) and Jazmin Ponce (81).

Experience in the net: Junior Ashley Jett currently first in the Pac-10 Conference in saves, with 74, and leads the conference in saves per game, with an average of 6.17. This season against Utah (Sept. 26), Jett earned her first career shutout in the 1-0 overtime victory. Jett has made a career high nine saves in three games this season, against Tennessee (Sept. 12), USF (Oct. 3), and Arizona State (Oct. 15).

Wildcat leaders: Leading the Arizona team this year are the three seniors, Alex Davis, Macke Mutz, and Becky Barry. Last season, Davis took 23 shots, second most on the team, and scored her first career goal against ASU (Oct. 23). Mutz notched 19 started at midfield last season, and developed in to one of Arizona's top team leaders on and off the field. Barry struggled with injures last season, and only appeared in 9 games. She will bring solid leadership to the defensive end of the program.

Challenging Schedule: The Wildcats have a challenging schedule in the 2010 season, facing very strong conference who has received nods from the NSCAA Soccer Rankings:
  19-Oregon State
  USC, California, and Arizona State have also received votes toward the rankings.

Looking Ahead: Up next, the Wildcats hit the road for the final time this season to face Oregon and Oregon State. The match against Oregon, on Friday, October 29, is scheduled for 7 p.m. On Sunday, October 31, the Wildcats will face Oregon State at noon.

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