WHAT’S HAPPENING: The Arizona women’s soccer team (10-7-3) has advanced the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in the history of the program. Arizona will take on the Wildcats of Weber State (14-4-2) at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12. The game will take place in Salt Lake City on Ute Field.
FIRST-ROUND ACTION: In game one in Salt Lake City, Weber State earned its first-ever win over Brigham Young in penalty kicks.
While the score officially goes down as a 1-1 tie, the Wildcats put one more ball in the net than the No. 17-ranked Cougars as WSU out-shot BYU 4-3 in penalty kicks after 110 minutes of game time could not decide the winner.
In game two in Salt Lake City, Arizona defeated Utah by a score of 1-0. Just hours after the announcement that she had been named Pac-10 Player of the Year, senior forward Mallory Miller scored the only goal of the game in the 30th minute off of an assist from fellow senior Kelly Nelson.
Sophomore goalkeeper, and Salt Lake City native, McCall Smith posted seven saves for her eighth shutout of the season, and the 1-0 Wildcat victory.
SECOND-ROUND ACTION: Arizona will take on Weber State for the second time in the program’s history. The only Wildcats vs. Wildcats match-up took place last season on Sept. 25, 2004, when Arizona defeated Weber State in Ogden, 2-1.
ABOUT WEBER STATE: The Wildcats of Weber State have earned a 14-4-2 record. Weber State won 13 of its last 14 games during the regular season and earned a 5-1-1 record in the Big Sky to win its second-straight conference title.
Arizona and Weber State have two opponents in common from the 2005 regular season. Weber State fell to Arizona State, 5-2, on Aug. 28. Arizona also lost to Arizona State, 2-1, on Oct. 29. Both teams also played Brigham Young prior to tournament play. Weber State lost to the Cougars on Sept 2, 5-1, and then defeated BYU on Nov. 10 in the NCAA Tournament in penalty kicks. Arizona lost to BYU, 2-1, on Oct. 1.
Weber State is led offensively by Rochelle Hoover and Linsey McFarland. Hoover has posted 11 goals and seven assists for 29 points, while McFarland has 10 goals and nine assists for 29 points.
Weber State’s goalkeeper is Kandice Golar. Golar has played in 18 games this season and has earned a 1.21 goals against average, while posting six shutouts.
Tim Crompton, who is in his second year at the helm, is the head coach for Weber State. He has earned a 22-14-4 record during his tenure.