Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Cats to take final regular season road trip
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: October 27, 2010
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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Oct. 27, 2010

Arizona at Oregon
7 p.m. | Friday, Oct. 29
Eugene, Ore.

Arizona at Oregon State
Noon | Sunday, Oct. 31
Corvallis, Ore.

TUCSON--The Arizona women's soccer team will hit the road one final time this regular season to face Oregon, on Friday, October 29 at 7 p.m. and Oregon State, on Sunday, October 31 at noon.

About the Ducks: On the road last week, Oregon (5-8-3, 1-3-1 Pac-10) took a loss and a win to Washington and Washington State, respectively. At Washington, the Huskies scored a pair of goals in the 51st and 81st minutes of action. Oregon GK Lindsay Parlee recorded six saves in the 2-0 loss. At Washington State, the Ducks fell behind in the 23rd minute, but senior Jen Stoltenberg hit her first goal of the night five minutes later to equalize. In the second half, freshman Brynne Konkel and Stoltenberg scored Oregon's final two goals in the 63rd and 64th minutes of action for the 3-1 victory.

About the Beavers: Oregon State (13-1-1, 5-0-0 Pac-10) extended their win streak to eight last weekend with a pair of road victories over Washington State and Washington. Oregon State out shot Washington 14-8 in their first shutout of the weekend. Freshman Jenna Richardson scored the only goal of the evening, her fifth for the season, in the 35th minute of action. Sunday at Washington, Richardson was again the only scorer with her unassisted goal that came in the tenth minute of play. OSU GK Colleen Boyd recorded a pair of saves for the match.

Last Week: The Wildcats (5-9-2, 1-4-0 Pac-10) made history last Friday night when they defeated California 1-0 in overtime to earn their first conference win of the season. Freshman Shannon Heinzler hit the game winner, and her first career goal, in the 100th minute of action. The ball slid through the grasp of Bear GK Lauren Hein before continuing into the net for the Arizona victory.

Junior GK Ashley Jett recorded six saves in regulation, and another two in the overtime period.

Sunday, the Cats hosted No. 1 Stanford, and were out shot 22-8 in the 3-0 loss. Freshman Jazmin Ponce led the squad with three shot attempts, one on goal, and Jett recorded four saves for the afternoon.

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 58.4 percent of Arizona's total shots with 115 of 197, and 59 percent of Arizona's total shots on goal, with 54 of 91.

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 86, and leads the conference in saves per game, with an average of 6.14. 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:
  15-Oregon State
  UCLA and Arizona State have also received votes toward the rankings.

Looking Ahead: Next week, the Wildcats will return home for their final two home matches against UCLA and USC. Arizona will go head to head with UCLA on Friday, November 5, at 7 p.m., and on Sunday, November 7, Arizona will finish off the regular season against USC at 11 a.m.

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