WHAT’S HAPPENING:The 18th ranked University of Arizona women’s soccer team (12-4-0 overall, 3-2-0 Pac-10) will compete in its final regular season homestand of the season this weekend as it takes on Southern California (9-6-1 overall, 3-3-0 Pac-10) at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9 followed by No. 5 UCLA at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31.
LAST TIME OUT:The Wildcats traveled to Tempe, Ariz. to take on in-state rival Arizona State and lost, 1-0.
Senior defender Lindsey Peeples led the Wildcats defensively through the first half and broke up several opportunities for the Sun Devils. The Wildcats had four shots on goal in the first half, while the Sun Devils had eight. Arizona State had four corner kicks in the opening half, but was unable to convert. The Wildcats had a late opportunity with 1:40 remaining in the half with a free kick off of a foul by Arizona State, but Sun Devil goalkeeper sophomore Kim Bingham made the save. Freshman goalkeeper McCall Smith had two saves in the first half, while Bingham had just the one to keep the game scoreless heading into the second half.
The Wildcats’ best opportunity in the second half came off of a pass from freshman midfielder Amanda Urtuzuastegui to senior forward Candice Wilks. Wilks beat the last defender, but shot the ball over the crossbar. Arizona State junior midfielder Manya Makoski ended the scoreless tie at 71:52 off of a pass from junior Elizabeth Bogus who received the ball off of a mishandle by Smith.
ABOUT SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: Southern California returns eight starters from the 2003 squad that went 9-8-4 overall, 5-3-1 Pac-10. The Women of Troy finished in a tie for third place in the Pac-10 and made it to the first round of the NCAA Tournament where they lost to Pepperdine, 1-0.
With two weeks of conference play remaining, the Women of Troy have a 9-6-1 overall record and are 3-3-0 in the Pac-10. The six non-conference wins for Southern California came against Rhode Island, Rutgers, Mississippi State, San Diego, St. Mary’s and UC Irvine. The Women of Troy’s non-conference losses came to No. 5 Florida State, Hawaii and No. 15 Tennessee. The tie came against Brigham Young. In Pac-10 play, Southern California opened the conference schedule with two wins at home over Oregon, 2-0, and Oregon State, 1-0. The Women of Troy then went on the road and lost to No. 7 Washington in double overtime, 2-1 and Washington State, 2-0. Over the past weekend, the Women of Troy defeated No. 15 California in double overtime, 2-1 and lost to No. 14 Stanford, 1-0. Southern California currently sits in fifth place in the Pac-10 behind UCLA, Arizona State, Washington and Arizona.
The Women of Troy’s points leader is sophomore midfielder Rosa Anna Tantillo. Tantillo has 21 points off of nine goals and three assists. Junior forward Tina Sutorius leads the team in assists with five. The Women of Troy have alternated between two goalkeepers throughout the season. Freshman Veronica Simonton saw most of the action earlier in the season and has competed in 10 matches. Senior Julie Peterson has competed in the net for Southern California more recently and has seen action in seven contests, including the Women of Troy’s most recent matches against Stanford and California.
Southern California is coached by Jim Millinder. In his ninth season with Southern California, Millinder has earned a 112-56-14 record. He is assisted by Nat Gonzalez and Andrea Warner.
WILDCATS VERSUS WOMEN OF TROY: The Women of Troy currently hold an 8-2-0 series advantage over the Wildcats. Last season, Arizona defeated Southern California on Oct. 24, 2003 in Los Angeles, 1-0. The other win for the Cats came on Oct. 5, 1995, before Arizona soccer was part of the Pac-10.
ABOUT UCLA: No. 5 UCLA returns seven starters from last season’s squad that went 20-2-0 overall and 8-0-1 in the Pac-10. The Bruins were the 2003 Pac-10 Champions and reached the Semifinals of the 2003 College Cup where they lost, 3-0, to No. 1 North Carolina.
In the 2004 season, UCLA has posted an 11-5-0 overall record and is 4-2-0 in the Pac-10. The seven non-conference wins for the Bruins came against San Diego, Loyola Marymount, UC Santa Barbara, No. 21 Southern Methodist University, No. 15 Texas A&M, No. 24 Pepperdine and No. 15 Santa Clara. The three non-conference losses were to No. 5 Virginia, Maryland and Utah. The Bruins opened the Pac-10 season with two wins at home against Oregon State, 4-1, and Oregon, 6-0. The Bruins then travelled to Washington State where they lost, 1-0. UCLA rebounded against No. 7 Washington with a 5-1 win. Last weekend the Bruins competed at home and defeated No. 18 Stanford, 1-0, and lost in double overtime to California, 1-0. The Bruins are currently in first place in the Pac-10.
The points leader for the Bruins is sophomore forward Brystyn Davis. Davis has 27 points off of 11 goals and five assists. Freshman forward Danesha Adams is also an offensive threat with 17 points. The Bruins’ goalkeeper is freshman Valerie Henderson. Henderson has competed in all 16 games and has a 0.82 goals against average.
The Bruins are coached by Jillian Ellis who has a 103-23-5 record in her sixth season as the head coach for UCLA. She is assisted by Katherine Mertz and Mark Carr.
WILDCATS VERSUS BRUINS: The Bruins have dominated the series with a 10-0-0 record over the Cats. In last season’s match on Oct. 26, 2003, UCLA defeated Arizona, 4-0, at Drake Stadium in Los Angeles.
IN THE RANKINGS: The Wildcats fell in the rankings this week. In the Soccer America polls, Arizona fell from No. 16 to No. 18 and fell six spots to No. 30 in SoccerBuzz.com’s rankings. The Wildcats also earned four votes in this week’s Soccertimes.com rankings.
The Wildcats have also been ranked in two regional polls. Arizona is No. 8 in the SoccerBuzz.com and No. 9 in the NSCAA coaches poll regional rankings. Arizona is a part of the western region, which contains 47 teams.
IN THE STANDINGS: With the 3-2 Pac-10 record, the Wildcats are currently in fourth place in the Pac-10 behind UCLA, Arizona State and Washington. The three wins are the most conference victories for Arizona in the program’s history.
Pac-10 Women’s Soccer Standings
(through games as of Oct. 24, 2004)
1. UCLA (4-2-0 Pac-10, 11-5-0 overall)
2. ASU (3-1-1, 7-7-1)
3. Washington (3-2-1, 12-3-1)
4. Arizona (3-2-0, 12-4-0)
5. USC(3-3-0, 9-6-1)
6. Stanford (2-2-1, 10-4-2)
7. California (2-2-1, 9-4-2)
8. Washington State (2-3-1, 7-6-3)
9. Oregon State (2-3-0, 8-8-0)
10. Oregon (0-4-1, 3-10-2)
IN THE PAC: Arizona is among the leaders in quite a few categories in the Pac-10. The Wildcats are second in points registered with 93, assists with 31, fewest goals allowed with nine and most shutouts with eight.
Individually in the Pac-10, junior Mallory Miller is seventh in shots taken with 43, eighth in points with 18 while leading the conference in assists with eight. Freshman goalkeeper McCall Smith is third in goals against average at 0.56 and is second in save percentage (0.890). She is the co-leader in the conference in saves (73) and is the sole leader in shutouts (eight).
SENIOR NIGHT: The Wildcats will honor seniors Vanesha Bailey, Kamaya Damwijk, Lindsey Peeples and Candice Wilks prior to Friday night's match against Southern California at 7 p.m.
SEASON RECAP: The Wildcats have defeated No. 4 Washington, Washington State and No. 10 Stanford. The two conference losses for Arizona came on the road against No. 14 California and Arizona State. Prior to Pac-10 competition, the Wildcats had nine non-conference wins over Iowa State, Drake, UC-Irvine, Fairleigh Dickinson, Duquesne, Northern Arizona, Brigham Young, Weber State, and Colorado College. The two losses of the non-conference schedule came against ranked opponents, No. 16 West Virginia and No. 25 Pepperdine. Eight of the 12 Wildcat victories have been shutouts.
LOOKING AHEAD: Arizona will head to Oregon for its final two matches of the Pac-10 schedule. The Wildcats will take on Oregon State on Friday, Nov. 5 at 12 p.m., followed by Oregon on Sunday, Nov. 7 at 1 p.m.
TOUGH COMPETITION: Five of Arizona’s opponents are ranked in this week’s Soccer America poll. Arizona lost 2-0 to West Virginia, which is now ranked No. 22, on Sept. 10. The Wildcats have defeated No. 6 Washington, 3-1, and No. 14 Stanford, 1-0 and have lost to No. 13 California, 1-0. The Wildcats will take on No. 6 UCLA on Oct. 31. UA’s three wins over ranked teams are the most in school history.
CROWD SUPPORT: In seven home games this season, the Wildcats have had an average attendance of 579. The highest attendance at a home game came on Sept. 3 against UC-Irvine when there was a crowd of 811. The Wildcats are 6-1 at home this season with only three goals allowed.
IN THE NETS:Freshman McCall Smith continues to impress as the starting goalkeeper. With eight shutouts, she has set a new single season record. Inger Airheart had previously held the record with six in 20 games in the 1997 season. Smith has only allowed nine goals in 16 games, while logging 1457 minutes with 73 saves. She went the first 379:49 minutes of the season without allowing a goal. Smith is the first Wildcat goalkeeper to log four consecutive shutouts and the nearly 380 consecutive minutes without a goal allowed is the longest span in the history of the program. Jenn Wiebel, who had gone 237:41 minutes without allowing a goal in 1996, had previously held that record.
LEADING THE POINTS: Tucson native junior Mallory Miller continues to lead the Wildcats in points with 18. Miller has been a part of 13 goals for the Wildcats with five scored and eight assists. Senior Kamaya Damwijk leads the Cats in goals with six. Senior Candice Wilks has also been a major contributor to the Wildcat offense with four goals. Two of Wilks’ scores have been game-winning goals.
IN THE RECORD BOOKS: With 20 goals in her career, senior Candice Wilks is five away from Nikki Jones’ record of 25. Junior Mallory Miller is one assist away from being tied as the all-time leader. Jones is the current leader with 14.
HEAD COACH DAN TOBIAS: Dan Tobias is in his second season as the head coach of the Arizona women’s soccer team. As the third head coach in Arizona’s 10-year history, Tobias has a record of 18-15-1 at UA and coached the Wildcats to the best Pac-10 finish in the program’s history in 2003. He was named the 2002 Pac-10 Coach of the Year as the head coach at Washington State.