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Wildcats to host UCLA and USC in final home series
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 11/03/2010
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Nov. 3, 2010

Arizona vs. UCLA
7 p.m. | Friday, Nov. 5
Murphey Field at Mulcahy Stadium

Arizona vs. USC
11 a.m. | Sunday, Nov. 7
Murphey Field at Mulcahy Stadium

TUCSON--The Arizona women's soccer team returns to Murphey Field at Mulcahy Stadium this weekend to wrap up the Pac-10 Conference schedule, hosting UCLA and No. 17 USC. The Wildcats will go head to head with the Bruins on Friday, November 5, at 7 p.m. On Sunday, November 7, Arizona will honor the team's three seniors, Becky Barry, Macke Mutz, and Alex Davis before taking on the Trojans at 11 a.m.

About the Bruins: The UCLA soccer squad hosted their last two home games of the 2010 season last week, hosting Washington and Washington State. Even though they out-shot the Huskies 14-7, the Bruins were unable to score and took their third straight loss on Friday, 1-0 to Washington. The Bruins rebounded on Sunday, and after they honored their seven seniors, UCLA took down Washington State 2-0. In the 23rd minute of action, senior Lauren Barnes hit the game-winner in her final match at UCLA's Drake Stadium.

About the Trojans: Last week, No. 17 USC women's soccer took a pair of home wins over Washington and Washington State to finish off their home schedule. Against Washington State, the Cougars took an early 1-0 lead in the first half, before USC followed with a pair of goals in the 52nd and 59th minutes to take the lead. Washington State equalized in the 62nd minute, and it was senior Karter Haug's unassisted blast from 30 yards out in the 83rd minute that sealed the win for the Trojans. Sunday, USC GK Shelby Church had a pair of saves in the 2-0 victory over Washington.

Last Week: The Wildcats headed up to Oregon last week for their final road trip of the season, and took home a pair of losses to the Ducks and Beavers. Against Oregon, the Wildcats took a season-low one shot on goal, attempted by freshman Jazmin Ponce. Arizona was out shot 16-6 in the 4-0 loss.

In the 3-0 loss to Oregon State, freshman Ana Montoya led the squad with four shot attempts, all on goal, followed by Ponce, who shot three. Sophomores Kirstyn Magyar and Brittany Cole each took a shot to round out Arizona's 9 attempt total.

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.

Through eighteen games, the freshmen combine for 59.4 percent of Arizona's total shots with 126 of 212, and 61 percent of Arizona's total shots on goal, with 61 of 100.

At the conclusion of the non-conference schedule, six freshmen have been given nods to start, and another four have come in off the bench.

In the Top 100: Arizona has two freshmen named in the College Freshmen Top 100 Women rankings for the week of September 30: Jensen Skinner (57) and Jazmin Ponce (81).

Experience in the net: Junior Ashley Jett currently first in the Pac-10 Conference in saves, with 94, and leads the conference in saves per game, with an average of 5.88. This season against Utah (Sept. 26), Jett earned her first career shutout in the 1-0 overtime victory. Jett has made a career high nine saves in three games this season, against Tennessee (Sept. 12), USF (Oct. 3), and Arizona State (Oct. 15).

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. She 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 has received nods from the NSCAA Soccer Rankings:
  1-Stanford
  13-Oregon State
  17-USC
  Washington has also received votes toward the rankings.

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