Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Cats Take on No.3 UCLA and USC
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: September 27, 2012
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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Sept. 27, 2012

Arizona (5-4-1) vs. No.3 UCLA (7-0-2)

Friday, Sept. 28 • 7:00 p.m.

Tucson, Ariz. • Murphey Field at Mulcahy Stadium

Arizona (5-4-1) vs. USC (4-4-1)

Sunday, Sept. 30 • 1:30 p.m.

Tucson, Ariz. • Murphey Field at Mulcahy Stadium

TUCSON, Ariz. – The University of Arizona women’s soccer team continues Pac-12 play at home this weekend against No.3 UCLA (7-0-2) on Friday, Sept. 28 at 7:00 p.m. and USC (4-4-1) on Sunday, Sept. 30 at 1:30 p.m. at Murphey Field at Mulcahy Stadium. The match against USC will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks.

Previous Weekend: The Wildcats traveled to California to take on No.15 Cal and Pacific. In the 2-1 victory against Cal (6-3-0), Arizona (5-3-1) kept the match tight until the 53rd minute when junior Jazmin Ponce registered her fourth goal of the season crediting an assist to teammate Susana Melendez. In the 71st minute of the game, Ponce took a pass from teammates Kristin Strother and Shannon Heinzler to earn her fifth goal of the season. In the final non-conference match, the Wildcats dropped 2-1 against Pacific (3-6). Ponce scored the only goal for the Wildcats in that match making it her sixth goal of the season.

Noting the Bruins: In the previous weekend, UCLA (7-0-2) opened up Pac-12 play in a 0-0 tie in double overtime against Washington State (7-2-1). This shut out added to the four-game shutout streak and 17-game unbeaten streak for the Bruins. Goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland leads the nation in goals against average (0.00) and save percentage (1.0). Rowland hasn’t allowed a goal in 603 minutes, continuing on from last season.

Noting the Trojans: Last weekend, the USC women’s soccer team opened up Pac-12 play with a 1-0 win over Washington in overtime. Senior Samantha Johnson leads the Trojans with four goals and 28 shots taken in nine games played. Goalkeeper Caroline Stanley has registered 28 saves in eight games played while back-up goalkeeper Faith Sugerman has registered seven saves in two games played.

Ponce Player of the Week: College Sports Madness named Jazmin Ponce Pac-12 Player of the Week for her performance in the previous weekend. Ponce has led the Pac-12 in both shots and shots on goal for the fourth week straight registering a total of 45 shots in 10 games played. Leading the Wildcats in number of goals with six so far this season, Ponce is a leader for the Arizona offense.

Kaufman Ranked Second: Sophomore Gabby Kaufman is ranked second in the Pac-12 with a total of 45 saves in nine games. She holds a .98 goals against average and has led the Wildcats with three shutouts in nine games.

Winning Record: In a 2-1 upset against No. 15 Cal, Arizona added a fifth win to their record. The Wildcats are four wins away from tying their wins record (9-11) from 2008. The Wildcat’s offense has scored 15 goals through ten games this season, which is a seven-goal improvement from the eight goals scored total in 18 matches played in 2011.

Up Next: The Wildcats travel out of town to take on Washington (7-2-1) on Friday, Oct. 5 at 3:00 p.m. in Seattle, Wash. at Husky Soccer Stadium. On Sunday, Oct. 7 Arizona heads to Pullman, Wash. to take on Washington State (7-2-1) at 11:00 a.m. at Lower Soccer Field.

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