On Friday, the Arizona womenˇ?s soccer team (3-1-0) will take on the New Mexico Lobos at 4:30 EDT.? On Sunday, the Wildcats will play host school No. 10 Virginia (2-1-1) at 1 p.m. EDT. Both games will be played in Charlottesville, Va., as part of the Virginia Nike Soccer Classic.
Last Week Recap
Over the weekend the Wildcats went 2-0. On Friday, the Cats defeated the Nevada Wolf Pack, 2-1.? Freshman goalkeeper Danielle Nicolai allowed one goal and had five saves.? Junior London King scored her first goal of the season coming at 35:18, freshman Jasmin Day was credited with the assist.? UAˇ?s second goal was scored Kingˇ?s by classmate Savanah Levake at the 52:53 mark.? Lavakeˇ?s second goal of the year was assisted by Jacqueline Broussard.
On Sunday, Arizona defeated the No. 4 Texas Longhorns, 2-0.? The victory was the Catˇ?s first win against a ranked opponent since 2005.? Jasmine Namdar assisted Day on her second goal of the season. Texas had several chances to score, but could not get anything past Cats goalkeeper Danielle Nicolai, who recorded her first collegiate shutout.? With less than three minutes to play the Cats added an insurance goal by Laura Huylebroeck.? The goal was the sophomore forwardˇ?s first goal of the year.
Coach Dan Tobias
Arizona head coach Dan Tobias is in his fifth season at Arizona.? In 2003, Tobias took over a program that in its nine previous seasons had never had a winning record, and soon he had the Wildcats as contenders in both the Pac-10 and national championship picture.? Tobias carries a 43-36-7 overall record with the Wildcats.? He has earned Pac-10 Coach of the Year honors twice, in 2002, with Washington State and 2004, with Arizona, as well as National Coach of the Year in 2004 by Soccer America.? In 2004 Tobias also received West Region Coach of the Year by Soccer Buzz and NSCAA West Region Coach of the Year honors as well.? In 2004 Tobias led UA to its first Pac-10 title and followed that with a trip to the Sweet 16 in 2005.
About the New Mexico Lobos
The New Mexico Lobos are currently 3-1-0 and have won three straight games.? This past weekend the Lobos defeated Long Island, 3-1.? In an exhibition game earlier this year the Lobos tied Texas 0-0.? Lobos head coach Kit Vela is in her seventh season at UNM.? Last year the Lobos were 8-7-4 (3-1-1 in and advanced to the Mountain West Conference Championship game.? Prior to becoming the head coach at New Mexico, Vela was an assistant coach at USC for five seasons.? Junior forward Hannah Hand leads the Lobos in goals with two, assists with two and points with six.
About the Virginia Cavaliers
The Virginia Cavaliers are currently 2-1-1 and ranked No. 10 in the country.? This past weekend the Cavaliers lost 2-1 to No. 1 Stanford and tied No. 3 Santa Clara 0-0.? UA will play both Stanford and Santa Clara later in the year.? Virginia head coach Steve Swanson is in his 17 th?season as a head coach and seventh at UVA.? Swanson has won five conference titles, 11 NCAA tournament appearances, and has 15 consecutive winning seasons.? Prior to arriving at UVA Swanson had stops at Stanford and Dartmouth.? At Stanford Swanson won two Pac-10 titles. Last season, UVA tied a school record for wins in a season with 18 and reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament, for the third time in school history.? After an 18 win season the Cavalier finished ranked No. 16 by SoccerTimes.com.? Swanson is 90-34-13 in his seven seasons with the Cavaliers.? Senior midfielder Shannon Foley leads the Cavaliers in goals with two and points with five.? She is tied for second on the team with one assist.
Against Ranked Opponents
Prior to the victory over No. 4 Texas Sept. 9, the last time the Wildcats won a game against a ranked opponent was 2005, when the Cats defeated No. 25 Utah and No. 21 Stanford.? This was the same year the Cats advanced to the Sweet 16.? The last time the Wildcats defeated an opponent ranked as high as No. 4 Texas, was Oct. 8, 2004 when the Cats beat No. 4 Washington, the same year the Cat won the Pac-10 title.? Also in 2004 the Wildcats defeated No. 5 UCLA.
Junior defender Savanah Levake and freshman forward Jasmin Day lead the team with two goals apiece.? Both Day and Levake scored goals this weekend, Levake had a goal in the 2-1 win over Nevada, and Day scored in the 2-0 win over No. 4 Texas.?
Freshman Making an Impact
Slated to be the Cats third goalkeeper freshman goalkeeper Danielle Nicolai has stepped in, after UAˇ?s top two goalkeepers suffered knee injuries. She has started three games for the Wildcats this year and has a spotless record to show for it. In her last start Nicolai shutout the No. 4 Texas Longhorns 2-0.? In her three starts she has allowed 1.3 goals per game.?
Jasmin Day made her first collegiate start against Texas and scored her second goal of the year.? Day has two goals on the year and an assist on the year for a total of five points.? Karina Camacho scored her first collegiate goal in the 2-1 loss to Utah.? Camachoˇ?s goal was the Wildcats first of the season.?
Leading the Pac
Danielle Nicolai leads the Pac-10 in saves with 16 on the season and saves per game with 4.? She is in the top-10 of ever save category for the conference, third in save percentage with a .800, seventh in goals against average at 1.26 and tied for fifth with one shutout.? Savanah Levake ranks eighth in the conference in total points with five.? Arizona as a team leads the Pac-10 in saves with 16 and is second in goals scored with nine.? Arizona also ranks third in the conference for attendance with an average of 709 per game.