WHAT’S HAPPENING:The 22nd-ranked Arizona women’s soccer team (3-1-1) will host its annual Four Points University Plaza Arizona Soccer Classic. The Wildcats will take on No. 25 Utah (6-0) on Fri. Sept. 16, at 7:30 p.m. followed by New Mexico (2-1-2) on Sun. Sept. 18, at 12:30 p.m.
THE COMPLETE SCHEDULE: Below is the complete schedule, along with the uniform colors:
Friday, Sept. 16:
CS Fullerton (DARK) v. New Mexico (WHITE)?-5 p.m.
Arizona (DARK) v. Utah (WHITE)?-7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 18:
CS Fullerton (WHITE) v. Utah (DARK)?-10 a.m.
Arizona (WHITE) v. New Mexico (DARK)?-12:30 a.m.
TOURNAMENT FORMAT: All Four Points University Plaza Classic games will be regulation 90-minute contests with two sudden-victory overtime periods if needed. Matches tied after overtime will be declared ties. The tournament champion will be the team who earns the best win-loss record. The procedures for breaking ties for the team title will be as follows: (1) head-to-head record; (2) goal differential; or (3) gotal goals scored. Along with a trophy for the the team champion, awards will be given to the offensive MVP and defensive MVP as voted by the coaches.
TOURNAMENT HISTORY: This will be the fourth season that the Wildcats host the Arizona Invitational. Teams that have participated in the past include St. Louis, Idaho State, Youngstown, Weber State, Iowa State and Kent State.
The previous winners of the invitational were Iowa State (2003) and Arizona (2002, 2004).
LAST YEAR IN THE TOURNAMENT: The 2004 Four Points University of Arizona Soccer Classic was part of the best season in the program’s history. In the Wildcats’ first game of the tournament, Arizona defeated UC-Irvine, 1-0. The Wildcats then earned another shutout against Fairleigh Dickinson by defeating the Knights 7-0. The victory gave the Wildcats the tournament title.
Candice Wilks was named offensive MVP of the tournament, while Kaity Heath was named defensive MVP. The two honors, in addition to the championship, gave the Wildcats the sweep of the awards in 2004.
TOUGH COMPETITION: All four teams participating in this season’s classic hold a record of at least .500.
Cal State - Fullerton 4-2-0
New Mexico 2-1-2
LAST TIME OUT:The Wildcats defeated Princeton (2-1) last Thursday, and Penn on Saturday (4-0) to claim the Princeton Invitational.
Against Princeton, the Wildcats defeated the Tigers thanks to goals by senior Nikki David and freshman London King. The win over the Tigers snapped Princton’s 19-game home winning streak.
In Saturday’s match versus Penn, senior Mallory Miller scored the first two goals of the match, both assisted by fellow senior Nikki David. The two goals were Miller’s third and fourth on the season, making her the Wildcats’ scoring leader.
In the second half, freshman Gianna DeSavario scored her first collegiate goal in the 69th minute. DeSavario beat the goalie one-on-one to give Arizona the 3-0 lead. Sophomore Nicole Scheid scored her first collegiate goal to give the Wildcats the 4-0 victory.
Freshmen Savanah Levake and Erika Olson both entered the game in the second half of the game for their first playing time of the season.
IN THE RECORD BOOKS:With her assist in Thursday’s match versus Penn, senior Mallory Miller passed Nikki Jones (1995-98) for the most career assists. Miller now has 15 career assists.
PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Senior midfielder Nikki David was named Pac-10 Co-Player of the Week with California’s Liz Eisenberg. David, from Manhattan Beach, Calif., led the Wildcats to two wins over the weekend with four points off of two goals and two assists.
CAL-STATE FULLERTON: The Titans are 4-2 on the season with victories over San Jose State, Auburn, South Carolina and Gonzaga. Cal-State Fullerton’s leading scorer is senior Lisa Kosena with four points off of two goals and two assists. The Titans’ goalkeeper is junior Karen Bardsley. Bardsley has started five of six games and holds a goals against average of 1.16.
The Titans return 17 letterwinners, including 10 starters, from a team that went 11-8-1overall and 7-1-1 in the Big West, finishing in a tie for first in the conference standings.
Head Coach Ali Khosroshahin is in his fifth season with the Titans. Khosroshahin has led the Titans to a 49-30-4 record in his time at Cal-State Fullerton.
NEW MEXICO:The Lobos have earned a 2-1-2 record at this point in the season. The two wins came over Eastern Washington and Syracuse. New Mexico’s leading scorer is junior forward Kristin Sweat with two goals. The Lobos’ goalkeeper is senior Kristen Winters. Winters has played in all five games and currently holds a 0.19 GAA with only one goal allowed.
New Mexico returns 19 letterwinners and nine starters from the 2004 squad that earned a 5-12-0 overall record and a 1-5-0 conference record to finish sixth in the Mountain West standings.
Head Coach Kit Vela is in her fifth season with the Lobos. Vela has earned a 26-45-9 record in her time at New Mexico.
Cats vs. Lobos: This will be the seventh meeting between the two teams. The Wildcats lead the series 3-2-1. The last meeting came on Sept. 7, 2001 when Arizona defeated New Mexico, 3-1.
UTAH: No. 25 Utah are undefeated witha 6-0 record. The Utes have defeated Denver, Purdue, Idaho, Utah Valley State, Boise State and San Francisco. The Utes are led by freshmen Adele Letro with eight points and Jen Christoffers with six points. Senior Kim Lloyd and junior Melissa Wayman have also earned six points. Utah’s goalkeeper is junior Ashley Mason. Mason has recorded three shutouts with a 0.34 GAA.
The Utes’ return 15 letterwinners and 10 starters from last season’s team that went 13-6-3, including a 3-2-1 conference record to place them fourth in teh Mountain West Conference.
Head Coach Rich Manning is currently in his fourth season with Utah. Manning has earned an overall record of 48-12-8.
Cats vs. Utes: Utah leads the series, 2-1. The last meeting came on Sept. 30, 2001, when the Utes defeated the Wildcats, 4-1 in Salt Lake City.
ARIZONA IN THE RANKINGS: The National Soccer Coaches’ Association of America has ranked the Wildcats as No. 22. Soccer Buzz Magazine has ranked Arizona No. 27 in its national poll. Additionally, the publication placed the Wildcats as the No. 8-ranked team in the West Region.
SENIOR LEADERSHIP:Five Wildcat seniors have participated in all five matches for the Wildcats. Kamaya Damwijk, Jennifer Klein, and Mallory Miller have started all five games. Additionally, Miller leads the Wildcats in goals with four. Althea Jones will return to the Wildcat lineup after she recovers from ACL surgery she had during the spring.
IN THE NETS: Sophomore goalie McCall Smith is coming off of a freshman season in which she broke four of the program’s goalkeeping records and was named a finalist for Freshman of the Year. With her shutout versus Penn on Saturday, Smith is the program’s leader in career shutouts with 14.
IN THE BACK: The Wildcats rely on a fairly young defense made up entirely of underclass-persons. Sophomores Claire Bodiya, Nicole Scheid, Kaity Heath and Shannon Kusmit, and freshmen Savanah Levake, Brianna Caceres and Erika Olson make up the back line for the Wildcats. In their first two matches, the Wildcats started Bodiya, Heath and Scheid and Caceres defensively.
NEWCOMERS: The eight new freshman have made an immediate impact on the Wildcats. Brianna Caceres has started all five matches, while London King and Gianna DeSavario have each started one match. King is the Wildcats’ second leading scoreer with two goals. DeSavario earned her first collegiate goal in the Wildcats’ victory over Penn on Saturday. Freshmen Savanah Levake and Erika Olson saw their first playing time last Saturday.
HEAD COACH DAN TOBIAS: In 2004, Tobias led the Wildcats to a 15-6 overall record. Additionally the 6-3 Pac-10 record gave Arizona its first Pac-10 championship in the history of the program.
For his efforts, Tobias was the first coach in Arizona soccer history to be named Pac-10 Coach of the Year. Tobias is the second coach to receive Pac-10 Coach of the Year accolades twice, after being named 2002 Coach of the Year while at Washington State. USC’s Jim Millinder accomplished the feat in 1996 and 1998.
Additionally, Tobias received national recognition by being named 2004 National Coach of the Year by Soccer America. The National Soccer Coaches Association of America and Soccer Buzz Magazine also named him West Region Coach of the Year.
IN THE PAC: The Wildcats currently hold the fifth-best record in the conference. Nine of 10 Pac-10 teams have earned at least a .500 record at this point in the season.
Oregon State 4-1-0
Arizona State 4-2-0