WHAT’S HAPPENING:The University of Arizona women’s soccer team will head to Salt Lake City, Utah, to take part in the Utah Fall Classic. The Wildcats take on Utah State at 5 p.m. (MST) Friday, Sept. 1. Arizona will then face Utah at 1 p.m. (MST) Sunday, Sept. 3.
LAST TIME OUT: The Wildcats split their two games over the weekend. Gianna DeSaverio’s two goals led Arizona to its 2-1 win over Oakland. The Wildcats fell in double overtime to Michigan, 1-0.
ABOUT UTAH STATE: Utah State (1-0-0) won its season opener 1-0 over Idaho State. The Aggies take on Weber State in their home opener today, Aug. 29.
The Aggies went 7-9-4 last season, 4-2-1 in the Western Athletic Conference. Utah State returns six starters and 19 letterwinners from last season’s squad. The team welcomed eight new players to this year’s team.
Utah State will be led by Charity Weston, a 2005 First-Team All-WAC selection, who has ten career goals and nine assists. In goal the Aggies have sophomore Ali Griffin, who has played in three career games, allowing no goals and making four saves.
Utah State is coached by Heather Cairns, who is in her fifth season with the Aggies. She has a 24-27-7 career record.
AGGIES VS. WILDCATS: This is the first series meeting between the two teams.
ABOUT UTAH: Utah (1-1-0) defeated Stanford 2-1 in its regular season opener. Adele Letro and Kelly Isleib both scored for Utah while goal keeper Ashley Mason made four saves. The Utes are ranked ninth in the Southwest by Soccer Buzz.
Last season, the Utes finished 14-7-1 overall and 6-0-1 in the Mountain West. Utah returns nine starters and 18 letterwinners from that team. Two freshmen join the squad.
Utah returns both its leading scorers, Letro and Amanda Feight, both had seven goals last season. Mason is the returning goal keeper. In 2005, she had 87 saves and allowed only 16 goals.
Utah is coached by Rich Manning, who is in his fifth season. He has a 56-19-9 overall record while at Utah.
UTES VS. WILDCATS: Arizona leads the series 3-2-0. The Wildcats won the last meeting 1-0 on Nov. 10, 2005 at Utah in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
ARIZONA IN THE RANKINGS: Soccer America has ranked the Wildcats No. 17 nationally.
Pac-10 IN THE RANKINGS: In addition to Arizona’s ranking in the top-25 poll, UCLA is ranked No. 7 in the Soccer America, No. 5 in the Soccer Buzz and No. 2 NSCAA polls. California stands as the No. 13, No. 15 and No. 10 in the Soccer America, Soccer Buzz and NSCAA polls, respectively. Southern California is ranked No. 19 in the Soccer Buzz poll and No. 22 in the Soccer America poll.
Additionally, Pac-10 teams hold five of the top-15 spots in Soccer Buzz’s West Region Poll,
1. Santa Clara
7. Long Beach St.
8. San Diego St.
13. Washington State
14. San Diego
15. Cal St. Fullerton
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 33-26-5 record at Arizona.