Nov. 2, 2011
Arizona (1-15-2, 1-8-1 Pac-12) vs. Arizona State (7-11, 3-7 Pac-12) Friday, Nov. 4 7:00 p.m. MST Tucson, Ariz. Murphey Field at Mulcahy Stadium
TUCSON, Ariz. - University of Arizona women's soccer team hosts its final match of the 2011 season, welcoming Pac-12 Conference rival Arizona State to Murphey Field on Mulcahy Stadium on Friday, November 4 at 7 p.m. MST. Before the match, senior goalkeeper Ashley Jett will be honored for her contribution to the squad.
Last Time Out: Last week, Arizona (1-15-2, 1-8-1 Pac-12) was swept by Washington and Washington State. In the 4-0 loss to the Huskies, sophomore Jazmin Ponce led the squad with five shot attempts, three on goal. For the match, the Wildcats out-shot Washington 16-10.
Sunday, the Wildcats gave up a pair of goals in the 2-0 loss to Washington State. Ponce, along with fellow sophomore Samantha Cummings led the Wildcats with 2 shots apiece.
Noting the Sun Devils: Arizona State (7-11, 3-7 Pac-12) hosted Washington State and Washington last week, and rounded out their last home weekend with a loss and a win. Against Washington State, the Sun Devils took an early 1-0 lead in the second period before WSU equalized. The Cougars would score the game winner in the second period of overtime in the Sun Devils' 2-1 loss. Against Washington, Arizona State out shot the Huskies 13-6 in the 1-0 victory. Devil Sierra Cook scored the game winner in the 80th minute of action.
About the Cats: Arizona enters the 2011 season with eight returning starters and high expectations following a 5-13-2 campaign a season ago ... The Wildcats return players with 234 combined starts in their collegiate careers ... Forward Renae Cuellar, who scored six goals and had three assists in the first six games of 2010, returns after missing the final 14 matches due to a knee injury ... Senior goalkeeper Ashley Jett returns after playing every minute in goal over the course of the final 18 matches last season ... Several of the UA's seven freshmen could make their collegiate debuts this weekend.
Welcome to the Show: This season, eight newcomers have made their collegiate debuts at Arizona. LeeAndra Smith earned a start in her first career game against San Diego State, while Julia Glanz and Emily Lai made appearances as reserves. Glanz made her first collegiate start two days later against Pepperdine, and Desiree Bramlette saw her first action as a Wildcat off the bench against the Waves. Against Pepperdine, Lai and Glanz each registered their first shot attempts. At Brigham Young, Brie DeFelice came off the bench and recorded one on-goal shot attempt. Transfer Sarah NeSmith came off the bench for the first time during the Cats Classic match against Texas Tech. NeSmith earned her first start on the road at Pac-12 newcomer Colorado, where freshman Mykaylin Rosenquist came in as a reserve for the firs time. Rosenquist earned her first start as a Wildcat two days later at Utah. Freshman Candace Edwards made her Wildcat debut in the victory over Oregon, coming in as a reserve.
Head Coach Lisa Oyen: Lisa Oyen enters her second full season as head coach of the Arizona women's soccer program. In her two seasons at the helm, Oyen has provided stability to the program that is seeking its first winning season 2005. She has improved talent, depth and skill on the roster, and revitalized the Wildcats' recruiting efforts. Her 2010 team - her first full year in charge - was hit hard by injury and illness, but showed its toughness and resilience in a 5-13-2 campaign. Oyen served as a co-interim head coach for the final seven games of 2009, before being named the head coach after the season. She has a career coaching record of 6-19-2 counting all 27 games she has been a head coach or co-interim head coach. Prior to becoming a head coach, she served as an assistant at the school for seven seasons.
Filling up the Stat Sheet: Despite playing just six of 20 games, Cuellar posted team-leading figures in most of the major stat categories: goals (6), points (15) and shot percentage (.231). Cuellar didn't achieve the team lead in these categories by a small margin either; despite missing 14 games, her six goals doubled the number two goal-scorer on the squad, her 15 points were nine more than her closest competition and her .231 shot percentage was 55 points higher than the second highest percentage. Her one game-winning goal and three assists tied for the most on the team.
Jetting into the Record Books: Senior goalkeeper Ashley Jett recorded 104 saves in 2010, the most in the Pac-10. Arizona has had a rich history at her position; since 2001, seven UA goalkeepers have led the Pac-10 in saves. Her 104 saves are the second most in the conference since UA's Chelsea McIntyre stopped 109 shots on goal in 2006. For the 2011 season, Jett is tied for first place along with Washington's Jorde Lafontaine-Kussman with 83 saves each and remains at second in the conference with an average of 4.61 per game.
For complete results from the event and continued coverage of Arizona Wildcat women's soccer, visit ArizonaWildcats.com.