Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
UA soccer to host Cats Classic Presented by Loews Ventana Canyon Resort
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: September 15, 2010
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Sept. 15, 2010

Complete Tournament Schedule:
Arizona State vs. Ohio State
5 pm | Friday, Sept. 17

Arizona vs. Central Florida
7:30 pm | Friday, Sept. 17

Arizona State vs. Central Florida
10:30 am | Sunday, Sept. 19

Arizona vs. Ohio State
1 pm | Sunday, Sept. 19

TUCSON--The Arizona women's soccer team return home this weekend to host the Cats Classic Presented by Loews Ventana Canyon Resort. Friday, Arizona will host Central Florida at 7:30pm, and on Sunday Arizona will take on Ohio State University at 1pm. Both matches will be held at Murphey Field at Mulcahy Stadium. Arizona State's soccer squad will also be coming down to Tucson to face both the visiting teams. ASU will go up against Ohio State Friday at 5pm and Central Florida at 10:30am on Sunday.

About the Sun Devils: At the Sun Devil Desert Classic, Arizona State took a pair of wins over Tennessee and Nebraska. Against the Lady Vols, ASU was down 0-1 for the first 70 minutes of play, before hitting four goals in the next 13 minutes to go up 4-1. Alexandra Elston, Jasmine Roth, Sierra Cook, and ASU's leading scorer Karin Volpe were responsible for bringing the Sun Devil total up in their fourth win of the season. On Sunday, against Nebraska, Arizona State scored early, and often. ASU's Volpe was responsible for three of the five goals scored in the 5-0 shutout of the Huskers.

About the Buckeyes: The Ohio State soccer team took a pair of at-home shutouts over Akron and Cleveland State. OSU out shot Akron 10-0 in the first half of play, and took an 18-3 advantage for the entire match. The Buckeyes' first goal came in the 16th minute, and the last pair came in the 48th and 71st minutes of play. In their fifth straight win of the season, Ohio State defeated Cleveland State 2-0. Ohio State out shot the Vikings 40-4 in the 2-0 win. Both goals were taken by junior Caitlin Martin, who leads the team with 3 goals on the season.

About the Knights: Central Florida split last weekend with a win and a loss to Harvard and Florida State, respectively. In the 3-0 win over Harvard, junior Katie Jackson scored early in the 8th minute, and Bianca Joswiak took care of the other two Knight goals, with one in the 29th minute and the other in the 47th. UCF out shot Harvard 17-6, and attempted 7 shots on goal, while Harvard only attempted two. In the loss to No. 8 Florida State, the Knights were out shot 13-9, and their only goal came in the 70th minute by senior Kim Newsome, her second of the season.

Last Week: Last weekend, the Arizona soccer team traveled to Tempe for the Sun Devil Desert Classic, and split the weekend with a loss and a win. On Friday's 3-0 loss to Nebraska, junior Renae Cuellar and freshman Jazmin Ponce led the Cats with three shot attempts apiece, but Arizona was out shot by the Huskers 20-10.

On Sunday, the Wildcats rebounded with a 3-1 win over Tennessee. Cuellar once again led Arizona with 8 shots, two goals, and an assist. Freshman Jensen Skinner took a pair of on-goal attempts, one of which made it past the keeper for the third Arizona goal of the night. Junior keeper Ashley Jett nabbed nine of Tennessee's ten on-goal attempts for the evening.

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.

In the first two matches of the season, five freshmen have been given nods to start, and another two have come in off the bench.

In the Top 100: Arizona has three freshmen named in the College Freshmen Top 100 Women rankings for the week of September 15: Jensen Skinner (57), Jazmin Ponce (81), and Kenzie Akerfelds (97).

Three is the magic number: Junior Renae Cuellar is currently in third place in four Pac-10 individual categories. In points, Cuellar has 14 with an average of 2.33/game, and in goals, she has hit 6, with an average of 1/game. Cuellar is also ranked at No. 5 in the conference in shots and shots per game with 26 and an average of 4.33. In the nation, Cuellar is ranked at No. 4 for points per game, with 2.6, and in goals per game, she is ranked at 4 with 1.2.

Experience in the net: Junior Ashley Jett currently second in the Pac-10 Conference in saves, with 26, and leads the conference in saves per game, with an average of 6.50 saves. Jett is also ranked 6th in the conference in save percentage at .788 percent.

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-Arizona State
  Oregon State has also received votes toward the rankings.

Looking Ahead: Next week, Arizona will hit the road for one match, against Loyola Marymount University on Friday, September 24 at 4pm. Sunday, September 26, the Cats will return to Mulcahy Stadium to host Utah at 7pm.

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