Nov. 13, 2003
Three University of Arizona women's soccer players have earned All-Pac-10 honors for the 2003 season, announced the league office on Thursday. Junior forward Candice Wilks has been named first team All-Pac-10, junior defender Lindsey Peeples is a second team All-Pac-10 selection, and sophomore midfielder Mallory Miller has earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 laurels. The All-Pac-10 selections are made by a vote of the league's coaches.
Candice Wilks is the first Wildcat since Inger Airheart in 1997 to earn a first team all-conference nod, and she is just the second player in UA history to be a first-teamer. She finished the 2003 season as Arizona's leading scorer with eight goals and two assists (18 points), marking the second time in her career that she has been the Cats' top scorer.
At the end of regular-season play, Wilks was fourth in the conference in goals per game (0.53 gpg), fifth in points per game (1.20 ppg), seventh in goals scored (8) and 10th in total points (18). Wilks had earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors twice previously, in 2001 and 2002.
A second team All-Pac-10 selection, Lindsey Peeples has earned the first all-conference honor of her career. She started 18 of the Cats' 19 matches this year, missing the one start because of injury. Peeples was part of a 2003 Wildcat defense that had its best season in six years. Arizona registered three shutouts and gave up just 33 goals on the year, barely missing the school-record low of 31 set in 1997.
Mallory Miller, an honorable mention All-Pac-10 choice this year, was Arizona's second-leading scorer, with six goals and two assists (14 points). She finished the season fifth in the Pac-10 in shots (58) and sixth in shots per game (3.05 spg). Her 58 shots on the year is the fourth-highest single-season shots total in the program's history.
The Cats' three all-conference honors this year marks the most in any season during the 10-year history of Wildcat soccer. Wilks and sophomore Kelly Nelson (second team) were recipients of all-conference honors last year.
Arizona team finished the 2003 season with a 6-11-2 overall record and a 2-6-1 Pac-10 mark. The Cats set or tied 10 school records, including most corner kicks in a season (125) and fewest opponent shots (213). The two Pac-10 wins were the most since the 2001 season, while the season conference record and the conference winning percentage (.278) were both the best in the history of the program. The Cats also won two road Pac-10 games for the first time ever.