May 10, 2002
TUCSON, Ariz. (May 10) -Ten home dates, including two tournaments, highlight the 2002 University of Arizona women's soccer schedule, as announced by head coach Cathy Klein on Friday. Of the 20 teams featured on the 2002 slate, eight competed in last year's NCAA tournament and six were either nationally ranked or receiving votes at the end of the 2001 season.
After a home exhibition against UTEP on Aug. 22, the Wildcats will officially kick off the 2002 season on Friday, Aug. 30, and Sunday, Sept. 1, playing host to Cal Poly, Detroit and Drake for the Wildcat Invitational. Cal Poly will open the tournament against Detroit in the first game on Friday, followed by the match between Arizona and Drake. On Saturday, Drake and Detroit face-off first, with the Arizona-Cal Poly match following.
The following weekend, Cathy Klein heads back to Ames, Iowa, to take part in the Iowa State Tournament on Friday, Sept. 6, and Sunday, Sept. 8. The Wildcats will take on Wisconsin in the first game on Sept. 6, then they face Northern Iowa in Sunday's action.
Three of the Cats' next four games will be on the road, as they are scheduled to play at Oklahoma on Sept. 15, at home against San Diego on Sept. 22, then at Belmont (Sept. 27) and at Kentucky (Sept. 29). Arizona returns to Tucson for its second home tournament of the season, the Arizona Tournament, on Friday, Oct. 4, and Sunday, Oct. 6. Saint Louis, Idaho State and Youngstown State will visit the Old Pueblo for the tourney action.
Pac-10 play begins on Friday, Oct. 11, for the Wildcats as they head up to Tempe to take on rival Arizona State. A home weekend against UCLA (Oct. 18) and USC (Oct. 20) follows, then the UA goes north to play at Oregon (Oct. 25) and Oregon State (Oct. 27).
Arizona's final two home matches of the 2002 season will be against Washington (Nov. 1) and Washington State (Nov. 3). The Cats will end regular season action in the Bay Area, playing at California on Nov. 8 and at Stanford on Nov. 10.
The Pac-10 sent five teams to last year's NCAA tournament, with UCLA going the deepest and earning a berth in the Elite Eight. The Bruins were edged by Florida, 1-0, in their quest for a second straight Final Four appearance. Washington and Stanford made it to the second round before being knocked off.