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No. 19 Wildcats Take 2-0 Conference Record to Washington
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 10/12/2005
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WHAT’S HAPPENING: The 23rd-ranked University of Arizona women’s soccer team (7-3-2 overall, 2-0-0 Pac-10) will hit the road for its first road conference matches against Washington (0-10-3 overall, 0-2-0 Pac-10) on Friday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. in Seattle, Wash., followed by Washington State (7-5-1 overall, 0-2-0 Pac-10) on Sunday, Oct. 16 at 12 p.m. in Pullman, Wash.

LAST TIME OUT: The Wildcats opened the Pac-10 season at home with victories over Oregon, 4-2, and Oregon State, 3-0.

On Friday night versus Oregon, senior Mallory Miller opened the scoring in the fifth minute off a rebound from a shot taken by fellow senior Kamaya Damwijk. Miller put the Wildcats up by two scores at 17:15 off of a pass from midfield from freshman Brianna Caceres.

 

Oregon’s Katie Abrahamson scored her second goal of the season in the 55th minute to cut the Wildcat lead to one. Miller scored her third goal of the night on a penalty kick to bring the Arizona lead back to two.

 

In the 68th minute, Duck goalkeeper Jessie Chatfield collided with Wildcat senior Kelly Nelson. Chatfield was treated for several minutes before play resumed. Less than 10 seconds after play continued, Nelson received a pass from freshman London King and beat the defender and the goalkeeper for the 4-1 Wildcat lead.

 

At 74:36, Oregon’s Nicole Garbin shot the ball directly at Wildcat goalkeeper McCall Smith. Smith mishandled the ball, allowing Garbin’s shot to reach the back of the net and cut the Wildcat lead to 4-2.

 

The game was physical, with a total of 31 fouls and two yellow cards going to Arizona’s Kaity Heath and Miller.

 

In Sunday’s match versus Oregon State, neither side had many opportunities in the first half as each team had four shots. The Beavers were unable to place a shot on goal in the first half, while the Wildcats had two.

 

Early in the second half at 47:30, Miller passed the ball to junior Erin Bevacqua, who placed the ball past Beaver goalkeeper Melissa Onstad for her first goal of the season and the 1-0 Wildcat lead. Freshman Gianna DeSavario scored at 66:12 off of another assist from Miller. In the 72nd minute, Miller scored her 14th goal of the season, assisted by DeSavario, to give Arizona the 3-0 victory.

 

Sophomore goalkeeper Smith posted her fifth shutout of the season with five saves.

 

ABOUT WASHINGTON: After coming off of a 2004 season in which the Huskies went 17-5-1 overall, earned a 5-3-1 Pac-10 record for a third place finish, and made it to the NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals, Washington has yet to earn a victory in 2005. With only four starters returning from last season’s squad, Washington currently holds an overall record of 0-10-3 and a Pac-10 record of 0-2-0.  

 

Although Washington has yet to win, the Huskies have taken on seven ranked opponents and have lost eight games by a one-goal margin. Over the weekend, the Huskies took on No. 16 California and No. 15 Stanford, losing each by a 1-0 score.

Washington’s leading scorer is freshman Melissa Beal, who has four goals.  With only seven goals scored, the Huskies’ have three players who have scored one goal apiece. The Huskies’ starting goalkeeper is junior Kelsey Rasmussen. Rasmussen has started all 13 games, allowing 26 goals and posting a 1.92 goals against average.

Lesle Gallimore, who is in her 12th season with Washington, is the head coach for the Huskies. During her time at Washington, Gallimore has earned a 130-89-17 record. She is assisted by Amy Griffin and Tami Bennett.

Huskies vs. Cats: Washington leads the series, 8-2-0. The last meeting between the Huskies and the Wildcats came on Oct. 10, 2004 when the UA defeated the then-No.4 ranked Huskies, 3-1.

ABOUT WASHINGTON STATE: Washington State holds a 7-5-1 record going into this weekend’s play. The Cougars took on one ranked opponent in the non-conference season, then-No. 20 Tennessee on Sept. 2, and earned a 3-2 victory in overtime. The Cougars lost to No. 15 Stanford, 1-0, and No. 16 California, 3-0, to open conference play last weekend. 

Washington State’s offensive leader is freshman Megan Hyte, with five goals and one assist. The Cougars’ goalkeeper is senior Katie Hultin. Hultin has started 12 of 13 games and has a goals against average of 1.21, with fifteen goals against.

The Cougars are playing with 18 letterman, including 10 starters, from the 2004 squad that finished the season with a 8-7-4 overall record and a 3-4-2 Pac-10 record good enough for an eighth place finish in the conference.

Washington State is coached by Matt Potter, who is in his third season with the Cougars. He has a 23-23-7 school record.

Cougars vs. Cats: Washington State leads the series, 6-3-1. The Wildcats defeated the Cougars, 3-1, in Tucson on Oct. 8, 2004.

ARIZONA IN THE RANKINGS: Soccer Buzz Magazine has ranked the Wildcats as No. 19, while Soccer America has Arizona in the No. 20 spot. Additionally, Soccer Buzz placed the Wildcats as the No. 6-ranked team in the West Region.

PAC-10 IN THE RANKINGS: In addition Arizona’s rankings in the top-25 polls, UCLA is ranked No. 4 in the Soccer America, Soccer Buzz, and the NSCAA poll. Stanford is ranked No. 15 in the Soccer America poll, No. 20 in the Soccer Buzz poll and No. 19 in the NSCAA poll. California stands as the No. 16, No. 12 and No. 11 in the Soccer America, Soccer Buzz and NSCAA polls, respectively.

PAC-10 STANDINGS: With a 2-0 Pac-10 record, the Wildcats sit atop the Pac-10 standings, along with Stanford and California.

California                       2-0-0            9-2-1

Stanford                        2-0-0            8-3-1

Arizona                        2-0-0            7-3-2

UCLA                            1-0-0            11-1-0

Oregon State                 1-1-0            8-4-0

Arizona State                1-1-0            6-5-2

USC                             0-1-0            6-4-1

Oregon                          0-2-0            8-3-1

Washington State    0-2-0            7-5-1

Washington                   0-2-0            0-10-3

PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Senior Mallory Miller has earned her second Pac-10 Player of the Week honor in her career for her efforts over the weekend. Miller led the Wildcats with 10 points, including four goals (one game-winning goal) and two assists. She contributed to or scored six of the seven goals versus Oregon and Oregon State.

Miller was also named to the Soccer Buzz and Soccer America national teams of the week.

RECORD BREAKING PERFORMANCES: Now in her fourth season, Miller has broken nine of the 12 season and career records, and is on pace to break the remaining three by the season’s end. Miller already owned both season and career assists records coming into the 2005 season.

Season Assists -
Previous record holder:              Nikki Jones (1998), 6 assists 
Current record holder:             Mallory Miller (2004), 9 assists

Career Assists -
Previous record holder:              Nikki Jones (1995-95), 14 assists
Current record holder:             Mallory Miller (2002-05), 17 assists

Career Shots ?-
Previous record holder:             Nikki Jones (1995-98), 170 shots
New record holder:             Mallory Miller (2002-05), 203 shots

Season Goals Scored -
Previous record holder:              Kelly Nelson (2002), 13 goals
New record holder:             Mallory Miller (2005), 14 goals

Career Goals Scored -
Previous record holder:              Nikki Jones (1995-98), 25 goals
New record holder:             Mallory Miller (2002-05), 27 goals

Season Total Points -
Previous record holders: Kelly Nelson (2002), 27 points
                                                Christine Keeley (1995), 27 points
New record holder:             Mallory Miller (2005), 31 points

Career Total Points -
Previous record holder:              Nikki Jones (1995-98), 64 points
New record holder:             Mallory Miller (2002-05), 71 points

Season Game-Winning Goals -
Previous record holder:              Candice Wilks (2004), 4 GWG
New record holder:             Mallory Miller (2005), 5 GWG

Career Game-Winning Goals -
Previous record holder:              Candice Wilks (2001-04), 8 GWG
New record holder:             Mallory Miller (2002-05), 10 GWG

Miller is on track to break the three remaining records including career games played, career games started and season shots taken.

Career Games Played -
Current record holder:              Lindsey Peeples (2001-04), 77 games
Miller has played in 71 games in her career.

Career Games Started -
Current record holder:              Lindsey Peeples (2001-04), 73 games
Miller has started 71 games in her career.

Season Shots -
Current record holder:              Chrissy Sanford (1999), 66
Miller has taken 47 shots this season.            

MILLER NATIONALLY: Miller is the fourth leading scorer in the nation with 14 goals and a goals per game of 1.17.

Rank

Name, Team

Cl

Games

Goals

Per Game

1

Christine Sinclair, Portland

Sr.

13

24

1.85

2

Tiffany Weimer, Penn St.

Sr.

14

21

1.50

3

Kerri Hanks, Notre Dame

Fr.

14

18

1.29

4

Mallory Miller, Arizona

Sr.

12

14

1.17

5

Belinda Kanda, Alabama A&M

Fr.

12

13

1.08

 

Shoko Mikami, Memphis

Jr.

12

13

1.08

Miller also ranks fifth in the nation in points per game with 2.58 (31 total points).

INDIVIDUALLY IN THE PAC-10: Miller leads the Pac-10 in total points, points per game, goals, goals per game, points and points per game. Sophomore goalkeeper McCall Smith leads the Pac-10 in saves.

Miller is second in game-winning goals with five, while fellow senior Nikki David is tied for sixth in assists with four.

MURPHEY FIELD: The Wildcats’ home stadium, formally named Murphey Field, has changed its name to Murphey Field at Lohse Stadium.

STARTING LINEUP: In Arizona’s last four games, all at home, head coach Dan Tobias has used the same starting lineup. The defensive starters have been sophomores Kaity Heath and Claire Bodiya, and freshmen Brianna Caceres and Savanah Levake. In the midfield, seniors Jennifer Klein and Kamaya Damwijk, junior Erin Bevacqua and sophomore Nicole Scheid have started. Seniors Kelly Nelson and Mallory Miller have been front.

BACK TO WASHINGTON: Head Coach Dan Tobias will return to Pullman, Wash. on Sunday, where he coached for Washington State for five seasons earning a 44-45-6 record and leading the Cougars to two NCAA Tournament appearances.

This will be Sarah Litt’s first time playing as a Wildcat in Washington. She attended Steilacoom High School in Steilacoom, Wash. She competed for the F.C. Royals Club Team.

WILDCATS VS. UNRANKED OPPONENTS: The Wildcats are 7-0-1 against unranked opponents in the Soccer Buzz Top-30 poll. Arizona’s three losses came to No. 2 Portland, No. 10 Pepperdine and No. 24 BYU. The Wildcats also tied No. 29 Cal Poly.

HOME CROWD: In five home matches this season, the Wildcats have an average attendance of 747 at Murphey Stadium. The biggest crowd of 972 was on Friday, Sept. 16 at home versus then-No. 25 Utah. At this point last season, Arizona was averaging a crowd of 644.

The largest crowd the Wildcats have played in front of was in Portland, Ore. 3,657 fans filled the stadium.

STARTING LINEUP: Six Wildcats have started every match this season. Seniors Mallory Miller and Jennifer Klein, junior Erin Bevacqua, sophomores Claire Bodiya, Nicole Scheid, McCall Smith, and freshman Brianna Caceres have all been on the field during each kickoff. 

IN THE NETS: Sophomore goalie McCall Smith is coming off of a freshman season in which she broke four of the program’s goalkeeping records and was named a finalist for Freshman of the Year. Smith increased her lead on Sunday against Oregon State as Arizona’s career leader in shutouts with 16.

ARIZONA IN THE PAC: Last season, the Wildcats finished with a 6-3 Pac-10 mark for the best conference record in the history of the program and the Pac-10 title. In the Pac-10 Preseason Poll, Arizona was voted to finish fourth in the conference, the highest preseason ranking for the Wildcats since Arizona soccer became a part of conference competition in 1997.

HEAD COACH DAN TOBIAS: In 2004, Tobias led the Wildcats to a 15-6 overall record. Additionally the 6-3 Pac-10 record gave Arizona its first Pac-10 championship in the history of the program.

For his efforts, Tobias was the first coach in Arizona soccer history to be named Pac-10 Coach of the Year. Tobias is the second coach to receive Pac-10 Coach of the Year accolades twice, after being named 2002 Coach of the Year while at Washington State. USC’s Jim Millinder accomplished the feat in 1996 and 1998.

Additionally, Tobias received national recognition by being named 2004 National Coach of the Year by Soccer America. The National Soccer Coaches Association of America and Soccer Buzz Magazine also named him West Region Coach of the Year.
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