WHAT’S HAPPENING:The University of Arizona women’s soccer team (8-7-2, 1-3-2) travels to Tempe to take on Arizona State at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28.
LAST TIME OUT: Arizona was shutout over the weekend in games against No. 3 UCLA and No. 21 USC. The Wildcats were able to keep the Bruins in check for much of the game but did give up a goal at the 58:53 mark, falling 1-0. On Sunday, Arizona and USC battled to a scoreless tie in double overtime. The Wildcats and Women of Troy both had good scoring opportunities, but neither one was able to convert.
TOUGH COMPETITION: Arizona has faced seven Top-25 teams already this season, four on the road. The Wildcats have a 0-5-2 record in these games. The team earned its ties against 12th-ranked California and No. 21 Southern California.
OFFENSIVE DROUGHT: Arizona has not scored in its last 358 minutes of play. The last Wildcat goal came at California on Oct. 13 at the 41:43 mark when Arizona was awarded an own goal. It has been 436 minutes since a Wildcat has been credited with a goal. This is the first time all season that Arizona has been shutout in three straight games.
WINNING BREAK: This is the first time since Arizona’s Sept. 17 match against Montana (3-4-0) that the Wildcats will be facing a team that heads into the match with a losing record. The Sun Devils are 6-8-2 so far this season.
PLAY NICE: Last season’s squad racked up 12 yellow cards and two red cards after 17 games, while this year’s team has only seven yellow cards and one red card in the same number of contests. However, the 2006 Wildcats do average over one more foul per game (11.5) than the 2005 team (9.9).
TOPS IN THE PAC-10: Arizona leads the Pac-10 in saves and average saves per game with 103 and 6.06, respectively. The Wildcats are also second in corner kicks taken with 83. Offensively, Arizona is third in shots (217). Individually, Gianna DeSaverio ranks fourth in goals scored (6), points (16) and shots (52). DeSaverio is ranked in the top 10 of seven of the nine offensive categories. Chelsea McIntyre ranks first in saves made (97) and saves per game (5.71). She is second in save percentage (.858). McIntyre’s 14-save effort verses Stanford is the most for any Pac-10 goalkeeper this season (Oct. 15).
CONFERENCE STRUGGLES: Arizona’s offense has struggled since opening Pac-10 play. Against non-conference opponents, the Wildcats average 1.32 goals, while against Pac-10 teams they are averaging 0.62. Arizona, however, is still getting opportunities. The Wildcats are averaging 12.3 shots per game in the Pac-10 compared to 13.0 during the non-conference season.
FAST START:Arizona continues to get off to a fast start this year. The Wildcats have scored 13 of their 19 goals this season in the first half. Arizona has scored nine times before the 30:00 minute mark, five times to give it an the early lead.
DRAMATIC ENDING: Through 15 games, the Wildcats have already competed in five overtime games. Arizona is 2-1-2 in such contests, winning both games that ended in the first extra period, while losing one game in double overtime.
FAMILIAR FACES: Sophomores Chelsea McIntyre and Savanah Levake have played every minute of Arizona’s 15 games this season. McIntyre played in only one game last season, while Levake played in 17 of the Wildcats’ 22 games.
IN GOAL: Through 17 games, Chelsea McIntyre has done a solid job replacing the injured McCall Smith. McIntyre has allowed only 16 goals, four less than Smith, and has made 97 saves, while posting six shutouts. McIntyre has a 0.90 GAA, while Smith had a 1.12 GAA in the first 17 games.
REPLACING MILLER: Gianna DeSaverio leads the Wildcat offense with six goals and four assists. In total, she has scored or assisted on nine of the Wildcats’ 19 goals. DeSaverio, who has helped replace graduated All-American Mallory Miller in the UA lineup, has already bettered her output from last season when she had three goals and two assists in 22 matches.
STEPPING UP: Through the the first 17 games, Arizona’s defensive stats have improved from last year. The Wildcats have scored nine less goals, but they have also allowed four less. This season’s team has posted a 8-7-2 record, while the 2005 squad went 9-5-3 throught the first 17 games.
ABOUT ARIZONA STATE: Arizona State has a 6-8-2 record so far this season, 1-5-0 in the Pac-10. The Sun Devils have won only one game through their last seven. Last weekend, ASU fell to USC, 1-0 and lost to UCLA, 2-1. Courtney Crane leads the Sun Devils with five goals and two assists. ASU’s goalkeeper is Kim Bingham and she has started all 16 contests for the Sun Devils. She holds a 0.91 GAA, allowing 15 goals.
The Sun Devils went 9-8-3 last season, 4-4-1 in the Pac-10 Conference. ASU return five starters and 12 letterwinners from last year’s squad.
Arizona State is coached by Ray Leone, who is in his sixth season with the Sun Devils. He has a 190-103-26 career record.
SUN DEVILS VS. WILDCATS: ASU leads the series 10-0-1. Last season, the Sun Devils defeated the Wildcats, 2-1, in Tucson.
IN THE RECORD BOOKS: This year’s team has already put its stamp on Arizona soccer by tying two program records. The Wildcats’ four-game winning streak tied the previous longest streak from 2004. Additonally, Arizona’s two overtime wins so far this season also ties the season record held by the 2000 squad.
NATIONAL HONORS: After posting two shutouts in the Four Points Sheraton Cats Classic the weekend of Sept. 8-10, Chelsea McIntyre received national recognition. The sophomore goalkeeper was named the Soccer Times Player of the Week. She was also a part of Top Drawer Soccer’s Team of the Week and Soccer Buzz’s Elite Team of the Week.
HEAD COACH DAN TOBIAS: In 2005, Tobias led the Wildcats to a 11-8-3 overall record and a 4-4-1 record in the Pac-10. Additionally, Tobias led the team to its first berth in the NCAA Sweet 16 in the program’s history. In three years, Tobias has compiled a 40-32-7 record at Arizona.
ARIZONA IN THE RANKINGS:Arizona fell to No. 15 in the Soccer Buzz West Region poll.
Pac-10 IN THE RANKINGS: UCLA is ranked No. 3 in the NSCAA, Soccer Buzz and Soccer America polls. Stanford is No. 17 in the NSCAA and Soccer Buzz polls and No. 19 in the Soccer America poll. Southern California is No. 23 in the Soccer Buzz poll.
Additionally, Pac-10 teams hold seven of the top-15 spots in Soccer Buzz’s West Region Poll,
2. Santa Clara
8. Loyola Marymount
9. Long Beach State
12. Washington State
14. Cal Poly