Oct. 19, 2011
Arizona (1-11-2, 1-4-1 Pac-12) at No. 7 UCLA (10-1-3, 3-1-2 Pac-12) Friday, Oct. 21 7:00 p.m. PT Westwood, Calif. Drake Stadium
Arizona (1-11-2, 1-4-1 Pac-12) at USC (4-11-0, 1-5-0 Pac-12) Sunday, Oct. 23 1:00 p.m. PT Los Angeles, Calif. McAlister Field
TUCSON, Ariz. -University of Arizona Wildcat women's soccer team will hit the road for the final time in the 2011 regular season to take on No. 7 UCLA and USC this weekend. The Wildcats will kick off against the Bruins on Friday, October 21 at 7 p.m. PT. On Sunday, October 23, the match at USC will kick off at 1 p.m. PT.
Last Time Out: Last week, the Wildcats (1-11-2, 1-4-1 Pac-12) hosted a solo match against California. Arizona was able to hold the Bears scoreless through the ninety minutes of regulation, but California scored in the first minute of the first overtime to take the victory. For the match, sophomore forward Jazmin Ponce had a team high of 4 shot attempts. Ponce's 26 shot attempts on the season are a Wildcat high. Sophomore Ana-Maria Montoya added another two shots in Arizona's 10 shot total.
Noting the Bruins: Last week, UCLA (10-1-3, 3-1-2 Pac-12) recorded its ninth shutout of the season by holding Washington States scoreless in a 0-0 draw in Pullman. The Bruins took a 29-8 advantage in shots for the match. Senior forward Sydney Leroux and freshman midfielder Sam Mewis recorded a team high five shot attempts apiece, and Leroux came close to giving the Bruins a win in the third minute of overtime, but her attempt deflected off the crossbar.
Noting the Trojans: Last week, USC (4-11-0, 1-5-0 Pac-12) earned its first Pac-12 Conference win with a 1-0 shutout over Washington in Seattle. Trojan sophomore forward Elizabeth Eddy scored the game-winner in the fifth minute, off a feed from senior midfilder Brittany Kerridge. The Huskies took a shot advantage of 12-8 over USC, and freshman goalkeeper Carley Pennington recorded a pair of saves for the match.
About the Cats: Arizona enters the 2011 season with eight returning starters and high expectations following a 5-13-2 campaign a season ago ... The Wildcats return players with 234 combined starts in their collegiate careers ... Forward Renae Cuellar, who scored six goals and had three assists in the first six games of 2010, returns after missing the final 14 matches due to a knee injury ... Senior goalkeeper Ashley Jett returns after playing every minute in goal over the course of the final 18 matches last season ... Several of the UA's seven freshmen could make their collegiate debuts this weekend.
Welcome to the Show: This season, eight newcomers have made their collegiate debuts at Arizona. LeeAndra Smith earned a start in her first career game against San Diego State, while Julia Glanz and Emily Lai made appearances as reserves. Glanz made her first collegiate start two days later against Pepperdine, and Desiree Bramlette saw her first action as a Wildcat off the bench against the Waves. Against Pepperdine, Lai and Glanz each registered their first shot attempts. At Brigham Young, Brie DeFelice came off the bench and recorded one on-goal shot attempt. Transfer Sarah NeSmith came off the bench for the first time during the Cats Classic match against Texas Tech. NeSmith earned her first start on the road at Pac-12 newcomer Colorado, where freshman Mykaylin Rosenquist came in as a reserve for the firs time. Rosenquist earned her first start as a Wildcat two days later at Utah. Freshman Candace Edwards made her Wildcat debut in the victory over Oregon, coming in as a reserve.
Head Coach Lisa Oyen: Lisa Oyen enters her second full season as head coach of the Arizona women's soccer program. In her two seasons at the helm, Oyen has provided stability to the program that is seeking its first winning season 2005. She has improved talent, depth and skill on the roster, and revitalized the Wildcats' recruiting efforts. Her 2010 team - her first full year in charge - was hit hard by injury and illness, but showed its toughness and resilience in a 5-13-2 campaign. Oyen served as a co-interim head coach for the final seven games of 2009, before being named the head coach after the season. She has a career coaching record of 6-19-2 counting all 27 games she has been a head coach or co-interim head coach. Prior to becoming a head coach, she served as an assistant at the school for seven seasons.
Filling up the Stat Sheet: Despite playing just six of 20 games, Cuellar posted team-leading figures in most of the major stat categories: goals (6), points (15) and shot percentage (.231). Cuellar didn't achieve the team lead in these categories by a small margin either; despite missing 14 games, her six goals doubled the number two goal-scorer on the squad, her 15 points were nine more than her closest competition and her .231 shot percentage was 55 points higher than the second highest percentage. Her one game-winning goal and three assists tied for the most on the team.
Jetting into the Record Books: Senior goalkeeper Ashley Jett recorded 104 saves in 2010, the most in the Pac-10. Arizona has had a rich history at her position; since 2001, seven UA goalkeepers have led the Pac-10 in saves. Her 104 saves are the second most in the conference since UA's Chelsea McIntyre stopped 109 shots on goal in 2006. For the 2011 season, Jett is second in the conference in saves with 64 and an average of 4.71 per game.
Up next, the Wildcats return to Murphey Field at Mulcahy Stadium to host two of their last three matches of the season, Washington and Washington State. Arizona will take on the Huskies on Friday, October 28 at 7 p.m. MST. Sunday, October 30, the Wildcats will kick off against Washington State at 11 a.m.
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