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UA Soccer Kicks Off Pac-10 Play at Arizona State This Week
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 10/08/2002
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Oct. 8, 2002

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WHAT'S HAPPENING: The schedule for the University of Arizona women's soccer team (5-4-1 overall, 0-0-0 Pac-10) goes from tough to downright brutal this week as the Wildcats begin Pac-10 play. The Cats will travel up to Tempe to take on rival Arizona State on Friday, Oct. 11, at 7 p.m. in the UA's only action of the week.

SCOUTING ARIZONA: Standing at 5-4-1 overall, the Wildcats have now equaled last season's win total. Last weekend, the Cats split a pair of games to finish as runners-up in their own Arizona Tournament. On Oct. 4, Arizona drilled Youngstown State, 7-0, but the Cats were handed a 5-1 loss by Saint Louis in the championship game on Oct. 6.

The Wildcats' offensive production remains quite spread-out, with 14 different players registering at least one goal or one assist already this season.

With another multiple-goal performance over the weekend, redshirt freshman forward Kelly Nelson (Lakewood, Calif./Mayfair HS) holds the scoring lead for both Arizona and the Pac-10, with nine goals (18 points). Freshman midfielder Lisa Kosena (Englewood, Colo./Cherry Creek HS) is second with four goals and three assists (11 points), followed by freshman forward Maggie MacCool (Sammamish, Wash./Skyline HS) with four goals and one assist (nine points). Freshman midfielder Erin Clewett (Yorba Linda, Calif./Esperanza HS) is the Cats' leader in assists, with four already this season.

Freshman forward Mallory Miller (Tucson, Ariz./Salpointe Catholic HS) holds the team lead in shots, with 31, including a team-high-tying 15 on-goal. Senior midfielder Naomi Chu (Thousand Oaks, Calif./Westlake HS) is second in shots, with 23, and has 12 on-goal. Kelly Nelson is tied with Miller for the team lead in shots on-goal, with 15.

True freshman goalkeeper Amanda Martin (Franklin, Tenn. HS) has started 10 matches so far, tallying 55 saves, two shutouts and a 1.29 goals-against average in 770 minutes of play. Redshirt freshman keeper Natalie Juarez (Claremont, Calif. HS) has played 150 minutes so far and has logged nine saves and a GAA of 1.20. Martin and Juarez have combined for three shutouts, bringing the team total to five for the season, the most team shutouts since the 1997 squad had six.

As a team, Arizona leads the Pac-10 in saves (66), is tied for second in assists (25) and assists per game (2.50 apg) and is third in total points (81), goals (28), goals per game (2.80 gpg) and shutouts (5). Kelly Nelson leads the conference in total points (18), points per game (1.80 ppg), goals (9) and goals per game (0.90 gpg). Amanda Martin is the Pac-10 leader in saves (55) and saves per game (5.50 spg).

SCOUTING ARIZONA STATE: On a six-game win streak, the Sun Devils are 7-1-2 on the season after downing Northern Arizona, 4-1, in their only action last week. ASU's only loss of the season so far was a narrow 2-1 edging in overtime by SMU at the Colorado College Tournament on Sept. 8. Although Arizona State is not currently ranked in the NSCAA Coaches Poll, the Sun Devils came in at No. 16 in this week's Soccer America Top 25.

With six goals and two assists (14 points), freshman forward Elizabeth Bogus leads Arizona State in scoring. Freshman midfielders Manya Makoska and Brittany Cooper are tied for second with three goals and four assists (10 points) each. Junior defender Temryss Lane is fourth with two goals (four points).

Sophomore goalkeeper Kelly Fitzgerald has played in all 10 matches, tallying 45 saves, four shutouts and a 0.57 goals-against average in 943 minutes of play. Freshman keeper Hilary Wilson played seven minutes in one match so far this season. The Arizona State defense has allowed only six goals all season and just one goal over the last six matches.

Arizona State head coach Ray Leone (Charlotte, 1985) holds a 17-9-3 mark in his second season at the helm of the Sun Devil program. He has a career record of 125-51-8 in 14 years as a head coach.

THE SERIES: Arizona State has a perfect 7-0-0 mark against Arizona, including a 3-2 win over the Cats in overtime during last year's regular-season finale in Tucson.

LAST MEETING WITH ARIZONA STATE: Playing its fifth overtime contest of the year, Arizona was edged, 3-2, by rival Arizona State at home in the 2001 season finale on Nov. 9.

The two teams spent much of the game's first 20 minutes in the midfield, then Wildcat freshman Vanesha Bailey broke loose on the right side and sent a hard shot at ASU goalkeeper Kristin Slater. Slater deflected the shot, but Arizona freshman Candice Wilks was there to collect the rebound and score the first goal of the match at 20:28. The Cats carried that 1-0 edge into halftime.

It didn't take Arizona long in the second half to make the game 2-0. Bailey took yet another hard shot from about 20 yards on the right side. A Sun Devil defender tried to deflect the ball with a header, but it skipped off the side of the player's head and into the goal.

Arizona State stepped up the pressure after that. The Sun Devils sent up a flurry of shots during the 53rd minute, and UA senior goalkeeper Shannon Monti made several spectacular saves. In the 55th minute, ASU's Wendy Ragitsch made a run up the right side and sent the ball to Stephanie Peel, who broke the shutout with a shot that came off Monti's hand. Antoinette Marjanovic then knotted the game at 2-all in the 63rd minute with her bullet from the right side.

Arizona had two more solid scoring chances as the regulation minutes waned. Wildcat senior Tiffany Sabado had a long shot in the 82nd minute that was stopped by Slater, and with just two minutes left, UA freshman Cassie Daniels had a header that just slipped over the bar. The teams took their 2-2 tie into overtime.

Both squads had shots on-goal within the first minute of the overtime period. Arizona State used its second shot of the extra time to score the gamewinner, as Marjanovic sent a corner kick into the box for Patrice Feulner's header at 94:58.

RECAPPING LAST WEEK'S WILDCAT ACTION: Playing host to Idaho State, Youngstown State and Saint Louis, the Wildcats split a pair of matches and were runners-up in their own Arizona Tournament over the weekend.

Receiving offensive production from five different players, Arizona pounded Youngstown State, 7-0, on Oct. 4 in the first round of the Arizona Tournament.

After playing almost 24 minutes of scoreless soccer, Wildcat Kelly Nelson broke the shutout with her eighth goal of the season, going one-on-one with Youngstown State goalkeeper Caitlin Bestard and sending a shot in from the left side. Fellow freshman Courtney Moseley (Redondo Beach, Calif./Bishop Montgomery HS) was credited with the assist.

The Penguins held the Cats off for another 17 minutes, then Arizona exploded for three goals in the final four-and-a-half minutes of the first half. Maggie MacCool collected the rebound from a shot by Mallory Miller and dented the net at 40:31.

Not even three minutes later, MacCool struck again, making a great run through the Penguin defense to score off a set-up by Lisa Kosena. Fifty-six seconds after that, freshman midfielder Nikki David (Manhattan Beach, Calif./Mira Costa HS) sent a pass from the right side to fellow freshman Traci Adler (Van Nuys, Calif./Notre Dame HS), who logged her first collegiate goal at 44:10. Arizona held a 4-0 lead at halftime.

Kosena started things off early in the second half, sending the Cats up 5-0 with her goal from Mallory Miller at 49:18. Kelly Nelson struck again in the 58th minute, taking advantage of a scramble in the goal mouth to head-in her second goal of the match. Sophomore defender Lindsey Peeples (Arcadia, Calif. HS) was credited with the assist on the goal. In the 61st minute, junior midfielder Lindsey Greenwood (Davenport, Iowa/Pleasant Valley HS) gathered a short clear from a YSU defender and sent a rocket from the top of the box to cap the victory for the Wildcats.

Freshman goalkeepers Natalie Juarez and Amanda Martin each played one half for Arizona, combining for the team's fifth shutout of the season. Juarez made the only save of the evening for the Cats. Arizona out-shot Youngstown State, 35-2, and had a 19-1 advantage in shots on-goal.

On Oct. 6, the youth and inexperience of the Wildcats continued to manifest itself in inconsistent play, as the Cats fell to Saint Louis, 5-1, in the championship game of the Arizona Tournament at home.

The Billikens started scoring early, when UA goalkeeper Amanda Martin caught a free kick but dropped it, and SLU's Christie Cigno collected the loose ball to dent the net at 9:06. Arizona fought back, and Lisa Kosena tied the game in the 31st minute with her left-side goal that was set up by Traci Adler.

The tie didn't last long, as Saint Louis scored again in both the 33rd and 44th minutes to take a 3-1 advantage into the break. Just 51 seconds into the second half, the Billikens struck again, and they capped the win with a final goal at 71:22.

Saint Louis had only a 19-17 advantage in shots, but they led Arizona, 16-5, in shots on-goal. The Wildcats had several strong runs develop throughout the game, but they were able to gain only a few solid shots. Mallory Miller had a team-high five shots, three on-goal, while Naomi Chu came off the bench to contribute three shots.

Martin made four saves and gave up three goals for the Cats. Keeper Natalie Juarez entered the contest in the 44th minute, tallying seven saves and giving up two goals.

LOOKING AHEAD: Arizona will play its first home Pac-10 games next weekend. The Cats will play host to UCLA on Friday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m., then they will take on USC on Sunday, Oct. 20, at 1 p.m.

The Wildcats hit the road again the following weekend, playing at Oregon on Oct. 25 and at Oregon State on Oct. 27.

ARIZONA HEAD COACH CATHY KLEIN: Third-year head coach Cathy Klein (SUNY-Cortland, 1987) holds a 13-31-4 mark at the helm of the Arizona program. She has a Division I career record of 70-72-5 over eight years and is 92-125-10 in 13 seasons as a head coach.

Klein was named as the Wildcats' new head coach in January, 2000. She came to the UA after a five-year stint building a new women's soccer program at Iowa State. In four varsity seasons with the Cyclones, Klein garnered a 43-37-1 mark. Before Iowa State, Klein was head coach at Creighton and Division III schools Earlham College and Utica College.

THE REST OF THE STAFF: In her third season at the UA, Melissa Estrada (Creighton, 1995) followed Cathy Klein from Iowa State, where Estrada was part of Klein's coaching staff for four years. She assists with recruiting and works with the field players.

Assistant coach Casey Mann (Grand View College, 1997) is in his second season with the Wildcats. His primary responsibility at the UA is coaching the goalkeepers.

RECORD WATCH: Just 10 matches into the season, and Arizona has already racked up 28 goals. Last year's squad set a new school record with 30 goals, so the Cats need just two more this year to tie that mark.

Kelly Nelson's nine goals is just two away from tying the school record for single season scoring (11). Erin Clewett is also just two assists away from tying the school season record (6) in that category as well.

FIRST-TIME MEETINGS: The Cats certainly saw some diversity in their schedule this season. Nine of the 10 non-conference opponents they faced this year were first-time matchups for the UA.

CURRENT CATS AMONG UA CAREER LEADERS: Senior midfielder Naomi Chu has broken into Arizona's top 10 for both career games started and games played. With 44 career starts, she is tied for ninth on the UA career list in that category, and her 56 career games played places her 10th in that category.

Sophomore forward Candice Wilks is fifth on the UA career lists in gamewinning goals (2), tied for seventh in goals scored (8), is eighth in total points (19) and ninth in total shots (60). Fellow sophomore Vanesha Bailey is sixth in career assists (5) and tied for 10th in total points (17).

MUSICAL LINEUPS: Out of the 20 active players on the Arizona roster, 16 have started at least one contest this season.

TOUGH SCHEDULE: Six of this year's UA opponents were nationally ranked in various polls this week, and three more were ranked in their regions. In this week's NSCAA Coaches' Poll, Stanford is No. 2, California is No. 5 and UCLA is No. 12. Arizona State received votes for ranking.

In the Soccer America Top 25, Stanford stands at No. 2, UCLA at No. 5, California at No. 7, USC at No. 15, Arizona State at No. 16 and Washington at No. 20.

In the NSCAA Coaches Regional Polls, Stanford (#2), California (#3), UCLA (#5), Arizona State (tied #7), USC (#9) and Washington (tied #10) are all among the top 10 in the West Region. Kentucky (#7) and Wisconsin (#8) are ranked in the Great Lakes Region, and Oklahoma is ranked No. 8 in the Central Region.

In the Soccer Buzz Magazine Top 25, Stanford is No. 2, California is No. 5, UCLA is No. 6, Arizona State is tied for No. 18. USC was among teams receiving votes for ranking in that poll.

THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME: The Wildcats have a 22-30-3 record in seven seasons playing on their home field, Murphey Stadium. They have a solid 8-5-1 mark in home games over the last two seasons combined.

ON LOCATION: This year, Arizona is 3-2-0 at home, 1-2-0 in road games and 1-0-1 in neutral contests. The Wildcats were 5-3-1 at home last season, 0-9-0 on the road and 0-0-0 in neutral games.

TWICE IS NICE: Traditionally, the Cats have fared rather well when scoring two or more goals in a match. They won all four matches this season in which they have scored more than one goal. Over the nine years of Wildcat soccer, the UA has a 37-19-2 record when scoring two goals or more.

CLOSE BUT...: The outcome of six of the Wildcats' 18 games last season were decided by one goal or less, and the Cats have already had three matches decided this season by that differential. In the nine-year history of the Arizona soccer program, 64 matches have been decided by that one-goal-or-less differential.

CAT SCRATCHES: Arizona has a 5-1-0 mark this year when scoring first in a match... The Cats are also 4-0-0 when ahead at halftime and are 4-0-0 when outshooting opponents.

SOLID DEFENSE: Arizona gave up only eight goals in the first eight games this year, tying the 1997 team for the fewest number of goals ever allowed through the first eight matches of any season.

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