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UA Soccer Faces Arizona State in Season Finale
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Release: 11/07/2001
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Nov. 7, 2001

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WHAT'S HAPPENING: In the midst of a three-game homestand, the University of Arizona women's soccer team (5-11-1, 2-6-0 Pac-10) will wrap up the 2001 season this weekend against rival Arizona State. The Wildcats will face the Sun Devils on Friday, Nov. 9, at 7 p.m. at Murphey Stadium.

ABOUT ARIZONA: The Wildcats stand at 5-11-1 overall and 2-6-0 in Pac-10 play after dropping home games to then-No. 23 California (2-1 OT) last Friday and to then-No. 2 Stanford (5-0) last Sunday.

Freshman forward Candice Wilks continues to lead the Cats in scoring, with seven goals and three assists (17 points). Fellow freshman Vanesha Bailey is second, with five goals and four assists (14 points), followed closely by freshman Cassie Daniels' four goals and four assists (12 points).

Sophomore forward Liz Bartlett is fourth on the scoring chart with five goals and one assist (11 points), while senior forward Kristi Loro?a has five goals (10 points). Senior midfielder Katie Winship has one goal and one assist (three points), junior transfer Tymarie Novak has one goal (two points), and senior midfielder Twila Kaufman has two assists (two points).

In the nets, senior goalkeeper Shannon Monti has played 1566 minutes of the season, tallying 100 saves, one shutout and a 2.01 goals-against average. Sophomore Tamara Klein saw her first official collegiate action last weekend against California, playing 15 minutes in-goal.

As a team, Arizona is leading the Pac-10 in saves (108), is tied for sixth in corner kicks (80) and is seventh in goals scored (28). Shannon Monti is the Pac-10 leader in saves (100) and saves per game (5.88 spg).

ABOUT ARIZONA STATE: Holding 9-8-1 overall and 3-4-1 Pac-10 records, the Sun Devils upset then-No. 2 Stanford (1-0 OT) last Friday and tied then-No. 23 California (1-1 OT) last Sunday. Four of ASU's last five matches went into overtime.

With 10 goals and three assists (23 points), sophomore forward Patrice Feulner leads Arizona State in scoring. Senior midfielder Stacey Tullock is second with six goals and six assists (18 points), and freshman forward Stephanie Peel has three goals and five assists (11 points).

Senior goalkeeper Kristin Slater has played 1276 minutes for the Sun Devils this season, tallying 68 saves, four shutouts and a 1.06 GAA. Freshman Kelly Fitzgerald has seen 395 minutes in the nets, with 16 saves, one shutout and a 1.37 GAA.

First-year head coach Ray Leone (UNC Charlotte, 1985) has a 9-8-1 record with the Sun Devils. He is 117-50-6 in 13 years as a head coach.

THE SERIES vs. ARIZONA STATE: The Sun Devils are undefeated in the series with Arizona, 6-0-0.

LAST MEETING WITH ARIZONA STATE: On Oct. 26, 2000, the Wildcats forced the Sun Devils to come from behind for a 3-1 win in Tempe.

Then-freshman Sierra Cristiano struck first for the UA, lofting a shot over the ASU goalkeeper from 22 yards out at 29:09. Antoinette Marjanovic answered for the Sun Devils five minutes later, knotting the score at 1-1.

The Cats held ASU off for the majority of the second half, then Arizona State went ahead, 2-1, off an Emily Schwimmer goal at 70:23. The Sun Devils sealed the victory with less than a minute remaining in the match.

Arizona State out-shot the Wildcats, 19-6, for the match and had an 11-2 advantage in shots on-goal. Arizona's Liz Bartlett collected a game-high-tying three shots, including one on-goal.

Arizona goalkeepers Shannon Monti and Inger Airheart split time in the nets, with Monti allowing only one goal and garnering one save.

ARIZONA'S LAST TIME OUT: Playing its third nationally ranked opponent in the last four games, Arizona fell to No. 2 Stanford, 5-0, at home last Sunday.

The Wildcats' aggressive play out of the gates gave them some solid early attempts. In the 12th minute, sophomore Shannon Harrelson blocked a clear by a Stanford defender and recovered the deflection to send a shot just left of the near post. Barely one minute later, senior goalkeeper Shannon Monti stepped up for the Cats at the other end of the field by stopping a dead-on shot from Stanford.

Monti made several crucial saves early in the first half to keep the Cardinal off the board for the the first 36 minutes. Stanford broke the shutout with a header in the 37th minute, then went ahead 2-0 with a second header just three minutes later. The Cardinal held that 2-0 edge at halftime.

In the 60th minute, UA freshman forward Candice Wilks took advantage of a bad clear by a Stanford defender and sent a shot from about five yards out, only to see it stopped by the Cardinal goalkeeper. The Cardinal countered a short while later, notching their third goal of the game in the 66th minute.

Arizona had its last solid scoring opportunity in the 68th minute when freshman Cassie Daniels received a free kick from senior Twila Kaufman and fired a bullet from 18 yards that again resulted in a save by Stanford. The Cardinal capped their victory with two more goals, in the 82nd and 86th minutes.

Monti finished the game with five saves and shared time in-goal with sophomore Tamara Klein, who saw the first official action of her collegiate career.

ARIZONA HEAD COACH CATHY KLEIN: Second-year head coach Cathy Klein (SUNY-Cortland, 1987) holds a 8-26-3 mark at the helm of the Arizona program. She has a Division I career record of 65-67-4 over six years and is 87-120-9 in 11 years as a head coach.

Klein was named as the Wildcats' new head coach in January, 2000. She came to the UA after a five-year stint building a new women's soccer program at Iowa State. In four varsity seasons with the Cyclones, Klein garnered a 43-37-1 mark. Before Iowa State, Klein was head coach at Creighton and Division III schools Earlham College and Utica College.

THE REST OF THE STAFF: In her second season at the UA, Melissa Estrada (Creighton, 1995) followed Cathy Klein from Iowa State, where Estrada was part of Klein's coaching staff for four years. She assists with recruiting and works with the field players.

Assistant coach Casey Mann (Grand View College, 1997) is in his first season with the Wildcats. His primary responsibility at the UA is coaching the goalkeepers. His wife, Tawnya Mann, is also lending a hand as a volunteer assistant.

PRACTICE SCHEDULE: All daily practices during the regular season, until Nov. 8, will be held from 2:30-4:30 p.m. The team will have weight-lifting sessions each Tuesday and Wednesday immediately after practice until 5:45 p.m., therefore no post-practice interviews on these days will be allowed until the strength training is completed.

Media are encouraged to attend all practices but are not permitted to converse with coaches or players during practice. Media can interview coaches and players after practice only. No pre-practice interviews will be permitted. All practices and games are conducted at Murphey Soccer Stadium, located at 15th Street and Plumer Ave.

THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME: Murphey Stadium has been very good to the Wildcats this year, as they have garnered a solid 5-2-1 mark there this season. The Cats have out-scored opponents, 23-13, in home games this year, including a 13-7 edge during second-half play. They have also out-shot opponents, 153-118, in home games.

CATS SET NEW CORNER KICKS RECORD: With 80 corner kicks on the year, the Wildcats have set a new single season record in that category. The previous record of 75 was held by the 1996 team.

RECORD WATCH: With 13 school records already tied or broken this season, Arizona is on-pace to break at least three more. The Cats are only one assist from the school single-season record of 20, and they are just two goals away from that record as well (30). They are also only two points from the season record of 77.

SCORING IN BUNCHES: Freshman forward Candice Wilks has seven goals on the season, but she notched them all in only four games. She ran off three goals against Southern Utah on Sept. 7, dented the net twice against UNLV on Sept. 23, then had one goal each against Oregon (Oct. 19) and Oregon State (Oct. 21).

CONSISTENT CONTRIBUTOR: Freshman midfielder Vanesha Bailey has scored or assisted at least one goal in nine of the season's 17 matches.

KAUFMAN BECOMES CAREER LEADER: Senior midfielder Twila Kaufman has become the UA career leader in both games started (71) and games played (73). She has surpassed former Wildcat Nikki Jones (1995-98) in both categories. Jones played 71 matches and started 69 during her four-year career at Arizona.

Kaufman has played in every Arizona soccer game since arriving as a freshman in 1998 and has started all but two of those matches.

TOP SINGLE SEASON PERFORMANCES: Senior goalkeeper Shannon Monti has played 1558 minutes this year, the second-highest single-season minutes total for any goalkeeper in the program's history.

Freshman Candice Wilks' seven goals ties for the fourth-highest single-season goal total, and her 17 points ties for fifth on the single season points list. Wilks' 44 shots is also the 10th-highest single-season total ever.

Freshmen Cassie Daniels and Vanesha Bailey have racked up four assists apiece so far this season. That's good enough for them to be tied in fifth place on the single-season list in that category, and that puts them at only two assists off the single-season school record.

RANKED OPPONENTS: Seven of the 18 opponents on Arizona's schedule this year are either nationally ranked or are receiving votes for ranking.

In the NSCAA Coaches Poll, UCLA is No. 3, Stanford is No. 4, Nebraska is No. 11, Washington is No. 13, California is No. 17 and Pepperdine is No. 24. USC received votes for ranking.

The Soccer America Top 20 has UCLA at No. 4, Stanford at No. 8, Nebraska at No. 12 and Washington at No. 16.

In the SoccerBuzz.com national rankings, Stanford stands at #4, followed by #6 UCLA, #12 Nebraska, #18 Washington and #25 California. Pepperdine and USC also received votes for ranking.

NOTING THE PAC-10: With ASU's upset of Stanford last weekend, the Cardinal are tied with UCLA for the top spot in the league standings, each with a 6-1-0 conference mark. Washington and USC are tied for third with 5-2-0 conference records, followed by California (3-3-1) and Arizona State (3-4-1).

UCLA, Stanford, California and Washington are all nationally ranked again this week.

ON LOCATION: The Wildcats are 5-2-1 at home this season, 0-9-0 on the road and 0-0-0 in neutral games. Last year, Arizona garnered a 2-5-0 mark at home, was 1-8-1 on the road and was 0-0-1 in neutral matches.

TWICE IS NICE: Traditionally, the Cats have fared rather well when scoring two or more goals in a match. They have scored two or more in seven of the season's 17 games and have a 5-1-1 mark when doing so. Over the eight years of Wildcat soccer, the UA has a 33-18-2 record when scoring two goals or more.

CLOSE BUT...: The outcome of five of the Wildcats' 17 games this season have been decided by one goal or less. In the eight-year history of the Arizona soccer program, 60 matches have been decided by that one-goal-or-less differential.

CAT SCRATCHES: Arizona has a 5-0 record this year when holding the opponent to one or fewer goals... The Cats are 3-0 when scoring three or more goals... They are also 4-0 when they out-shoot their opponent.

MONTI'S MUSINGS: Each week throughout the 2001 season, senior goalkeeper Shannon Monti will be sharing her thoughts with fans via the official UA athletics web site, www.arizonaathletics.com.

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