WHAT’S HAPPENING:The University of Arizona women’s soccer team (8-8-2, 1-4-2) travels to Washington to finish up its regular season. The Wildcats will face Washington at 7 p.m. (PST) on Friday, Nov. 3 and will close the Pac-10 slate at Washington State at 11 a.m. (PST) on Sunday, Nov. 5.
LAST TIME OUT: Arizona’s struggles continuedm, as the Wildcats faced in-state rival Arizona State on the road. The Sun Devils controlled the game from the onset on their way to a 4-0 victory.
OFFENSIVE DROUGHT: Arizona has not scored in its last 448 minutes of play. The last Wildcat goal came at California on Oct. 13 at the 41:43 mark when Arizona was awarded an own goal. It has been 526 minutes since a Wildcat has been credited with a goal. This is the first time all season that Arizona has been shutout in four straight games.
TOUGH COMPETITION: Arizona has faced seven Top-25 teams already this season, four on the road. The Wildcats have a 0-5-2 record in these games. The team earned its ties against 12th-ranked California and No. 21 Southern California.
PLAY NICE: Last season’s squad racked up 12 yellow cards and two red cards after 18 games, while this year’s team has only eight yellow cards and one red card in the same number of contests. However, the 2006 Wildcats do average over one more foul per game (11.3) than the 2005 team (9.9).
TOPS IN THE PAC-10: Arizona leads the Pac-10 in saves and average saves per game with 105 and 5.83, respectively. The Wildcats are also second in corner kicks taken with 87. Individually, Gianna DeSaverio is ranked in the top 10 of seven of the nine offensive categories. Chelsea McIntyre ranks first in saves made (99) and saves per game (5.50). McIntyre’s 14-save effort verses Stanford is the most for any Pac-10 goalkeeper this season (Oct. 15).
CONFERENCE STRUGGLES: Arizona’s offense has struggled since opening Pac-10 play. Against non-conference opponents, the Wildcats averaged 1.32 goals, while against Pac-10 teams they are averaging 0.54. Arizona, however, is still getting opportunities. The Wildcats are averaging 12 shots per game in the Pac-10 compared to 13 during the non-conference season.
FAST START: Arizona continues to get off to a fast start this year. The Wildcats have scored 13 of their 19 goals this season in the first half. Arizona has scored nine times before the 30:00 minute mark, five times to give it an the early lead.
DRAMATIC ENDING: Through 18 games, the Wildcats have already competed in five overtime games. Arizona is 2-1-2 in such contests, winning both games that ended in the first extra period, while losing one game in double overtime.
FAMILIAR FACES:Sophomores Chelsea McIntyre and Savanah Levake have played every minute of Arizona’s 18 games this season. McIntyre played in only one game last season, while Levake played in 17 of the Wildcats’ 22 games.
IN GOAL: Through 18 games, Chelsea McIntyre has done a solid job replacing the injured McCall Smith. McIntyre has allowed 20 goals, the same as Smith, and has made 99 saves, while posting six shutouts. McIntyre has a 1.06 GAA, while Smith had a 1.11 GAA through 18 games.
REPLACING MILLER: Gianna DeSaverio leads the Wildcat offense with six goals and four assists. In total, she has scored or assisted on nine of the Wildcats’ 19 goals. DeSaverio, who has helped replace graduated All-American Mallory Miller in the UA lineup, has already bettered her output from last season when she had three goals and two assists in 22 matches.
ABOUT WASHINGTON: Washington has a 6-12-0 record so far this season, 1-6-0 in the Pac-10. The Huskies have dropped four straight in the Pac-10. Their only conference win came against Oregon State. Last weekend, Washington lost at UCLA and USC, 2-0 in both games. Melissa Beal leads the Huskies with four goals and three assists. Washington’s goalkeeper is Kelsey Rasmussen and she has started all 18 contests for the Huskies. She holds a 1.71 GAA, allowing 30 goals.
The Huskies went 0-17-3 last season, 0-9-0 in the Pac-10 Conference. Washington returns nine starters and 15 letterwinners from last year’s squad.
Washington is coached by Lesle Gallimore, who is in her 13th season with the Huskies. She has a 168-133-26 career record.
HUSKIES VS. WILDCATS: Washington leads the series 8-3-0. Last season, the Wildcats defeated the Huskies, 1-0.
ABOUT WASHINGTON STATE: Washington State has a 8-6-4 record so far this season, 3-2-2 in the Pac-10. The Courgars’ biggest win came over California which was ranked No. 18 at the time. Last weekend, WSU earned a scoreless tie against USC and lost to No. 3 UCLA, 2-0. Carly Dobratz leads the Cougars with three goals and five assists. Washington State’s goalkeeping is split between Brynn Bemis and Amber Wittmers. Bemis has played in 12 games while Wittmers has been in seven. Bemis has allowed eight goals while posting a 0.64 GAA.
The Cougars went 11-7-2 last season, 4-4-1 in the Pac-10 Conference. Washington State returns five starters and 14 letterwinners from last year’s squad.
Washington State is coached by Matt Potter, who is in his fourth season with the Cougars. He has a 33-31-12 career record.
COUGARS VS. WILDCATS: Washington State leads the series 6-4-1. Last season, the Courgars defeated the Wildcats, 2-1, in double overtime.
IN THE RECORD BOOKS: This year’s team has already put its stamp on Arizona soccer by tying two program records. The Wildcats’ four-game winning streak tied the previous longest streak from 2004. Additonally, Arizona’s two overtime wins so far this season also ties the season record held by the 2000 squad.
NATIONAL HONORS: After posting two shutouts in the Four Points Sheraton Cats Classic the weekend of Sept. 8-10, Chelsea McIntyre received national recognition. The sophomore goalkeeper was named the Soccer Times Player of the Week. She was also a part of Top Drawer Soccer’s Team of the Week and Soccer Buzz’s Elite Team of the Week.
HEAD COACH DAN TOBIAS:In 2005, Tobias led the Wildcats to a 11-8-3 overall record and a 4-4-1 record in the Pac-10. Additionally, Tobias led the team to its first berth in the NCAA Sweet 16 in the program’s history. In three years, Tobias has compiled a 40-33-7 record at Arizona.
ARIZONA IN THE RANKINGS: Arizona fell out of the Soccer Buzz West Region poll. This is the first time all season that the Wildcats have not been ranked in national or regional polls.
Pac-10 IN THE RANKINGS: UCLA is ranked No. 3 in the NSCAA, Soccer Buzz and Soccer America polls. Stanford is No. 15 in the NSCAA and Soccer Buzz polls and No. 14 in the Soccer America poll. Southern California is No. 30 in the Soccer Buzz poll.
Additionally, Pac-10 teams hold six of the top-15 spots in Soccer Buzz’s West Region Poll,
2. Santa Clara
7. Loyola Marymount
10. Fresno State
12. Long Beach State
13. Washington State
14. Cal State Fullerton