Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
10-16-07 Weekly Release
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: October 16, 2007
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This Week

The Arizona soccer team 5-7 (0-2) travels to Corvallis, Ore. to play its first Pacific-10 road contest against the Oregon State Beavers 7-5-1 (0-2) on Friday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m.? The Cats then travel north to Eugene, Ore. to take on the Oregon Ducks 7-6 (0-2) on Sunday, Oct. 21 at 1 p.m.

Last Week Recap

Over the weekend, the Cats dropped a pair of contests against Washington State and Washington.? On Friday, Arizona fell to Washington State, 3-1, in its Pac-10 opener.?

Washington State got on the board first with a goal by Brooke Bemis at the 18:13 mark of the first half.? The goal came off a deflected shot by teammate Kiersten Dallstream.

Washington State took a 2-0 led with a goal by Dallstream at the 57:42 mark in the second half, again off a deflected shot; 19 seconds later Arizona scored its first goal of the game.? Leila Amini took a rebounded ball and put it past Cougar goalkeeper Brynn Bemis for the goal.? The goal was Aminiˇ?s first of her career.

Washington State put the game away with another goal by Dallstream, off the right goal post, at the 66:42 mark.

On Sunday, the Cats were defeated by Washington, 2-0.? Washington got on the board first with a goal by Shuree Hyatt, her team-leading fourth goal of the year.? Hyatt beat Arizona goalkeeper Danielle Nicolai one-on-one for the goal.

Arizona had opportunities to score late in the first half, but failed to put the ball in the net.? Jasmin Day and Karina Camacho both missed shots high late in the period.

At the 61:22 mark the Huskies scored its second goal, this time it was Hyattˇ?s classmate Robin Alexander who beat Nicolai high and to the right sticking the ball in the corner of the net for her first goal of the year.

The lack of Arizona scoring had nothing to do with the lack of opportunities as Arizona out-shot the Huskies, 15-11.

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 45-43-7 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 Beavers

In 10 seasons at Oregon State, head coach Steve Fennah has compiled a 74-91-14 record.? In 2004, Fennah became the winningest coach in programs history.? In 2006, the Beavers started 8-2-2, but once again the Pac-10 proved to be one of the best in the country and the Beavers suffered several close loses, finishing the season at 9-10-2 (1-8).? The Beavers are currently 7-5-1 (0-2).? Last week the Beavers lost a pair of contests at No. 2 UCLA, 1-0, and at No. 3 USC, 5-0.

The Beavers are lead in scoring by senior forward Jodi Taylor with 12 goals (first in the Pac-10) and 25 points (second in the Pac-10).? Taylor is in the top two of every goals category in the conference.? The Beavers are lead in goal by sophomore Ashley Woods.? Woods has allowed a total of 11 goals this year, which is a 1.06 goals/game average, 33 saves and a saves percentage of .750.?

The Beavers lead the series 5-6-1.? Arizona has a two game winning streak vs. the Beavers scoring a 3-0 victory in 2005 and a 2-0 victory last year in Tucson.9/28/95 OSU 3, UA 1??????????????
10/6/96 OSU 4, UA 0
10/26/97 UA 2, OSU 0???????????????
11/1/98 OSU 3, UA 1
11/5/99 UA 4, OSU 1????????????????
10/6/00 UA 1, OSU 1 (OT)
10/21/01 UA 2, OSU1 (2OT)???????
10/27/02 OSU 5, UA 0
10/31/03 OSU 2, UA 1???????????????
11/5/04 OSU 1, UA 0
10/9/05 UA 3, OSU 0????????????????
10/8/06 UA 2, OSU 0

About the Ducks

In two years on the job, Tara Erikson has elevated the Ducks program to a national level.? Last year the Ducks finished 12-6-2 (6-1-2), and finished second in the Pac-10, the best Pac-10 finish in school history.? In Eriksonˇ?s first season, the Ducks finish 9-9-1, which was only their second .500 season in program history.? The Ducks are currently 7-6 (0-2).? Last week the Ducks went 0-2, with losses at No. 3 USC, 1-0, and at No. 2 UCLA, 3-0.? Outside of the Pac-10, Oregon has one common opponent with UA, Utah.? Oregon was defeated by the Utes, 2-0, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The Ducks are lead in scoring by junior midfielder Allison Newton with five goals and two assists.? The Ducks have two players with four goals each, sophomore midfielder Teresa Bowns and sophomore defender Danielle Sweeney.? The Ducks are lead in goal by junior goalkeeper Jessie Chatfield.? Chatfield has allowed 19 goals, has a 1.48 goals/game, 38 saves, and .667 save percentage.

The Ducks own a 6-3-1 record vs. the Wildcats.? Oregon has won three of the last five meetings against the Cats including a 2-1 victory in Tucson last year.

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10/30/98 Ore 4, UA 2
11/7/99 UA 0 Ore 0 (2OT)??????????
10/8/00 Ore 2, UA 0
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10/25/02 Ore 2, UA 1
11/2/03 Ore 1, UA 0?????? ???????????
11/7/04 UA 2, Ore 0
10/7/05 UA 4, Ore 2?????? ???????????
10/6/06 Ore 2, UA 1

Against Ranked Opponents

The Cats are 1-3 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) and No. 16 BYU, 1-0.?

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.

Leading the Pac

Danielle Nicolai ranks second in the conference in saves with 49 and in saves/game with 3.77 saves/game.? Nicolai is tied for sixth in shutouts with two (No. 4 Texas and Creighton).? She is ninth in both saves percentage, .731, and goal against, 1.46.? Although Jasmin Day did not score this weekend she remains tied for tenth in the conference with four goals.


Sophomore midfielder/forward Jacqueline Broussard was named the University of Arizona Student of the Month.? Broussard, a Psychology major currently has a 3.776 GPA, second highest on the team, behind injured forward Sally Thurner.



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