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Women's Soccer Hits The Road
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 09/08/2010
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Sept. 8, 2010

Arizona vs. Nebraska
4:30 pm | Friday, Sept. 10

Tempe, Ariz.

Arizona vs. Tennessee
11 am | Sunday,
Sept. 12 
 Tempe, Ariz.

TUCSON--The Arizona women's soccer will hit the road again this week to take part in the Sun Devil Desert Classic, hosted by Arizona State in Tempe, Ariz. On Friday, September 10, the Cats will face Nebraska at 4:30pm, and on Sunday, September 12, they will go up against Tennessee at 11am.

About the Huskers: The Nebraska women's soccer team are riding high on a 4-game win streak after their 4-0 win over IUPUI on Monday. Nebraska (4-1) outshot IUPUI 23-6, along with a 10-4 on goal advantage. Last Saturday, they took down Indiana 3-1. The Huskers only took five shots on goal as a team, while Indiana only took eleven.

About the Lady Vols: Last Saturday, the Tennessee soccer squad took a tough 7-2 loss to the top-ranked University of North Carolina. The Lady Vols (2-2) were outshot 26-6, and the only two goals made were made in the 62nd and 78th minutes. The first goal was off a penalty kick taken by Emily Stone, while the second was taken from 35 yards out, and bounced off a defender before making it into the goal.

Last Week: The Wildcats regrouped after the first tow games of the season, taking a tie with Northern Arizona, the second in two seasons, and a 4-2 triumph over Cal Poly.

Against Northern Arizona, freshman Jensen Skinner tied it up in the 88th minute of play. Freshman Jazmin Ponce led Arizona on shots, taking four of nineteen, while junior Renae Cuellar, and freshmen Ana Montoya and Shannon Heinzler took three apiece.

Arizona took their first win of the season over Cal Poly Sunday night. Cuellar hit the first and last goals, while freshmen Jazmin Ponce and Ana Montoya took the other two shots. The last time Arizona scored four goals on the night was in the September 5, 2008 shutout victory over Weber State.

Wildcat freshmen: Arizona boasts an extremely young team this season with the addition of twelve newcomers: Ana Montoya, Kenzie Akerfelds, Jessica Fitzgerald, Jensen Skinner, Jazmin Ponce, Gabrielle Lindeman, Shannon Heinzler, Samantha Cummings, MacKenzie Jaroch, Amy Olson, and goalkeepers Lorena Aragon and Jamie Wilkinson.

In the first two matches of the season, five freshmen have been given nods to start, and another two have come in off the bench. In the Top 100: Arizona has three freshmen named in the College Freshmen Top 100 Women rankings for the week of September 7: Jensen Skinner (57), Jazmin Ponce (81), and Kenzie Akerfelds (97).

Three is the magic number: Junior Renae Cuellar is currently in third place in four Pac-10 individual categories. In points, Cuellar has 9 with an average of 2.25/game, and in goals, she has hit 4, with an average of 1/game.

Experience in the net: Junior Ashley Jett currently leads the Pac-10 Conference in saves per game, with an average of 5 saves. Jett is also ranked 8th in the conference in save percentage at .769 percent.

Wildcat leaders: Leading the Arizona team this year are the three seniors, Alex Davis, Macke Mutz, and Becky Barry. Last season, Davis took 23 shots, second most on the team, and scored her first career goal against ASU (Oct. 23). Mutz notched 19 started at midfield last season, and developed in to one of Arizona's top team leaders on and off the field. Barry struggled with injures last season, and only appeared in 9 games. Will bring solid leadership to the defensive end of the program.

Challenging Schedule: The Wildcats have a challenging schedule in the 2010 season, facing very strong conference who have received nods from the NSCAA Soccer Rankings:
2-Stanford 

13-UCLA 

19-California 

25-Arizona State
USC and Oregon State have also received votes toward the rankings.

Next week: The Wildcats return home next week to host the Arizona Tournament. On Friday, September 17 Arizona will take on Central Florida at 7:30pm, and on Sunday, September 19 they will face Ohio State at 1pm.

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