The Cats 6-12-1 (1-6-1) come home to take on rival Arizona State 9-9-1 (3-4-1) , Friday Nov. 9, at 7 p.m.? The game will be held at Murphey Field at Mulcahy Soccer Stadium.? This game concludes the season for the Wildcats.
Last Week Recap
Over the weekend the Cats were swept in Los Angeles.? On Friday, the Cats lost to No. 4 USC, 3-1.? For the third straight game Arizona was tied at the half, 0-0.? The Cats took the 1-0 lead at the 58:36 mark of the game, when Analisa Marquez scored her third goal of the year.? Jasmine Namdar hit Marquez on a long pass up the sideline and Marquez took the shot from outside the box, when Trojan goalkeeper Kristin Olsen came out to try to intercept the pass.? This was the first time this season the Cats have lost a game in which they scored the first goal.
The Trojans tied the game two minutes later when Ashley Nick scored off a free kick for her third goal of the year.? Five minutes later the Trojans struck again; this time it was Alyssa Davila scoring her fifth goal of the year.
The Trojans scored their third and final goal at the 74:14 mark, when Amy Rodriguez headed her sixth goal of the year into the left corner of the net.
On Sunday, the Cats fell to No. 1 UCLA, 3-0.? The Bruins got on the board early with a goal by Lauren Cheney, her 19th?of the season, eight minutes into the game.? McCall Zerboni and Kara Lang delivered Cheney the ball inside the goal box.? Cheneyˇ?s shot was just out of the reach of Cats goalkeeper Halley Brown, who dove and got a hand on the ball.
The Bruins scored again 28 minutes later, this time it was Lang on the receiving end of a pass.? She received a pass from Lauren Wilmoth and Christina DiMartino and headed the ball into the goal from the left side.?
The Bruins took the 2-0 lead into halftime, but were not satisfied with it; six minutes into the second half they scored their third and final goal of the game.? Wilmoth received a pass from Kylie Wright and took a shot from outside the goal box, for her first goal of the season.
Arizona had opportunties in the second half to score, but could not get any of their four shots by Bruin goalkeeper Valerie Henderson.? The two best opportunities the Cats to score came late in the game.? Junior forward London King had a shot on goal, but a Bruin defender made the save.? With under a minute to play, senior midfielder Sarah Litt had a header which Henderson barely saved from going in.
Coach Dan Tobias
Arizona head coach Dan Tobias is in his fifth season at Arizona.? In 2003, Tobias took over a program that in its nine previous seasons had never had a winning record, and soon he had the Wildcats as contenders in both the Pac-10 and national championship picture.? Tobias carries a 46-47-8 overall record with the Wildcats.? He has earned Pac-10 Coach of the Year honors twice, in 2002, with Washington State and 2004, with Arizona, as well as National Coach of the Year in 2004 by Soccer America.? In 2004 Tobias also received West Region Coach of the Year by Soccer Buzz and NSCAA West Region Coach of the Year honors as well.? In 2004 Tobias led UA to its first Pac-10 title and followed that with a trip to the Sweet 16 in 2005.
About the Sun Devils of Arizona State
Head coach Kevin Boyd is in his first season with the Sun Devils and currently has Arizona State 9-9-1 (3-4-1).? Prior to arriving in Tempe, Boyd spent 10 successful seasons as head coach at California, where he complied a record of 124-63-20 (58-38-8) and eight appearances in the NCAA Tournament.? In 1998, in just his second season with the Golden Bears, Boyd led the Bears to a share of the Pac-10 title with a 7-2-0 record in conference.? Outside of the Pac-10, the Sun Devils have four common opponents with Arizona.? The Sun Devils lost to then No. 4 Texas, 1-0, and then No. 2 Santa Clara, 1-0.? The Sun Devils defeated San Diego State, 3-0, and Creighton, 4-0.? UA went 2-2 against these same opponents.
The Sun Devils are led in scoring by senior forward Courtney Crane and freshman forward Karin Volpe, each with four goals.? The Sun Devils are led in assists by junior defender Kylla Sjoman, with six assists.? In goal for the Sun Devils is sophomore Briana Silvestri.? She has allowed 16 goals, which gives her a 0.84 goals/game average.? Silvestri has 50 saves on the year, a .758 saves percentage and six shutouts.???
Arizona has never beaten Arizona State.? Arizona State owns a 9-0-1 record against Arizona.? The lone tie came in 2003, when the Cats and Sun Devils stalemate at 1-1 in Tucson.? Last year, the Sun Devils earned a 4-0 victory in Tempe.
10/15/95 ASU 3, UA 0???????????????
11/5/96 ASU 2, UA 1 (OT)
9/5/97 ASU 2, UA 1??????????????????
10/16/98 ASU 2, UA 0
1999 Did Not Play?????????????????????
2000 Did Not Play
11/9/01 ASU 2, UA 1 OT???????????
10/11/02 ASU 3, UA 1
10/18/03 UA 1, ASU 1???????????????
10/22/04 ASU 1, UA 0
10/29/05 ASU 2, UA 1???????????????
10/28/06 ASU 4, UA 0
Against Ranked Opponents
The Cats are 1-7 against ranked opponents this season.? They have defeated No. 4 Texas, 2-0, and lost to No. 10 Virginia, 4-0, No. 2 Santa Clara, 1-0 (2OT), No. 16 BYU, 1-0, No. 4 Stanford, 3-1, No. 21 California, 2-0, No. 4 USC, 3-1 and No. 1 UCLA, 3-0.?
Prior to the victory over No. 4 Texas on Sept. 9, the last time the Wildcats won a game against a ranked opponent was 2005, when the Cats defeated No. 25 Utah and No. 21 Stanford.? That was the same year the Cats advanced to the Sweet 16.? The last time the Wildcats defeated an opponent ranked as high as the fourth-ranked Longhorns was Oct. 8, 2004 when the Cats beat No. 4 Washington; the same year the Cat won the Pac-10 title.? Also in 2004 the Wildcats defeated No. 5 UCLA.
About the Seniors
2007: Named Arizona Co-Captain ˇ? Started all 19 games this year and has played all but six minutes and 42 seconds of the season ˇ? Scored her first collegiate goal in win over Cal Poly SLO (9/2/07), the goal also happened to be the game winner in overtime
2006: Anchored a UA defense that shut-out six teams, while starting 17 games in 18 appearances as a center-back ˇ? Named Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 ˇ? Attempted five shots on the season, including one shot on goal.
2005: Led the Arizona defense by starting all 22 games as a central defender ... Was a key component of the Wildcat defense which limited Utah to six shots on goal in Arizonaˇ?s 1-0 overtime victory (9/16) ... Earned an assist and attempted one shot on goal in 4-3 win over UCSB (9/25).
2004: Started every game as a true freshman ... Helped anchor a defense that registered 11 shutouts on the season and allowed multiple goals only once ... Recorded her only assist of the season in 4-1 victory at Duquesne (9/12/04).
2007: Was called up from Arizona Club Soccer Team at the beginning of Pac-10 play ˇ? Saw her first game action against Washington (10/14//07) ˇ? In her first collegiate start at Oregon State (10/19/07), she recorded a 1-0 shutout ˇ? Has started six games for the Wildcats and has a 1-4-1 record.
2007: Named Arizona Co-Captain ˇ? Has started 16 of 19 games for UA this season ˇ? Currently ranks fifth on the team in shots on goal with five ˇ? Ranks fourth on the team in total shots with 15 ˇ? Has taken the majority of Arizona corner kicks this season.
2006: Started in all 18 games that she appeared in ˇ? A physical, left-footed defender who has the ability to push forward in the offensive attack ˇ? Named to the Pac-10 All-Academic Honorable Mention list ˇ? One of the primary UA players to take corner kicks ˇ? Attempted six shots on the season, including a season-high two at Michigan (8/27) ˇ? Ranked third on the team with three assists ˇ? Recorded an assist against Utah State (9/1) ˇ? Assisted London King for UAˇ?s lone goal in 1-0 win over Gonzaga (9/8) ˇ? Tallied third assist of season against Oregon State (10/8).
2005: Started 18 games for the Wildcats ... Arizonaˇ?s starting left back ... Took Arizonaˇ?s corner kicks, along with Mallory Miller ... Recorded 15 shots on the season, including a season-high two against Princeton, BYU, and California.
2004: Started all 20 games ... Tallied the first assist of her career against Drake (8/28/04) ... Scored her only goal of the season in 1-0 victory over UC-Irvine (9/03/04) ... Had one assist against Farleigh Dickinson (9/05/04) ... Had one assist and two shots at Duquesne (9/12/04) ... Recorded an assist in 3-0 win over USC (10/29/04) ˇ? Named to the Soccer Buzz Freshman All-America Honorable Mention ˇ? Named to Soccer Buzz's Elite Team of the Week (Sept. 8).
2007: Has appeared in 11 games this season ˇ? Attempted three shots on the season, placing each on goal ˇ? Against UCLA (11/4/07) had UAˇ?s best opportunity to score to score with a header that UCLA goalkeeper dove and barely saved.
2006: Appeared in a career-high 17 games, including five starts ˇ? Adds height to the UA midfield ˇ? Made her first career start in home opener against Utah State (9/1) ˇ? Attempted three shots on the season, placing each on goal.
2005: Played in seven games for the Wildcats this season, three at home ˇ? Had a season-high four shots in her final game of the regular season against Stanford (10/23/05).
2004: Played in 10 games on the year ... Scored the first goal of her career in 4-0 win over Northern Arizona (9/17/04) ... Scored the game-winning goal in 2-1 victory at Weber State (9/25/04).