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Arizona Soccer Heads to Montana for Two Matches This Week
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Release: 09/23/2003
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Sept. 23, 2003

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WHAT'S HAPPENING: The University of Arizona women's soccer team (4-3-0 overall, 0-0-0 Pac-10) hits the road again this weekend, opening a three-game road swing with a pair of matches in Missoula, Mont. On Friday, Sept. 26, the Wildcats will play at Montana at 5 p.m. MDT, then Arizona will take on UNLV on Saturday, Sept. 27, at 3 p.m. MDT in a neutral contest in Missoula.

ABOUT ARIZONA: The Wildcats picked up two more wins over the weekend to improve to 4-3-0 on the year. The Cats swept Kentucky (1-0) and San Francisco (3-1) at home last weekend, creating a three-game win streak, their longest since the 1999 season.

With leading scorer Candice Wilks missing both of last weekend's matches due to injury, her teammates stepped up in her absence. Sophomore midfielder Mallory Miller tallied a pair of goals on Sunday and moved into a tie with Wilks for the Wildcat scoring lead. Both players have amassed eight points on the season, with Wilks' coming in the form of four goals and Miller's on three goals and two assists. Freshman midfielder Erin Bevacqua stands third in scoring, with three goals (six points).

Miller continues to hold the team lead in shots, with 25 on the season, including a team-best 11 on-goal. Sophomore midfielder Lisa Kosena is second in shots, with 14, followed by Wilks' 11 shots and junior midfielder Vanesha Bailey's 10 shots.

Sophomore keeper Natalie Juarez has four complete games under her belt (360 minutes) and has registered 11 saves, one shutout and a 1.00 goals-against average. Junior goalkeeper Krystal Werges has played three complete games (270 minutes) and has tallied seven saves, one shutout and a 2.00 GAA.

CONNECTIONS: Wildcat assistant coach Lisa Oyen will be returning to familiar territory this weekend. A 1998 graduate of Montana, Oyen was a four-year letterwinner as a starting defender for the Grizzlies. She was a team captain in 1994 and 1997 and was chosen the Most Valuable Player for both her team and the Big Sky Conference in the fall of 1997, after leading Montana to the conference championship. She also earned All-West Region honors from both the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and SoccerBuzz Magazine in 1997.

ABOUT MONTANA: The Grizzlies are 2-5-1 on the season after splitting a pair of road games last weekend. On Friday, Montana logged a 1-0 shutout at BYU, but the Grizzlies were edged, 2-1, at Utah on Sunday.

With three goals (six points), junior forward Jamie Rizzuto leads Montana in scoring. Freshman forward Lindsay Winans is close behind with five points on two goals and one assist, followed by junior forward Tara Schwager's one goal and two assists (four points). Sophomore goalkeeper Sarah Braseth has played every minute in-goal for the Grizzlies, tallying 15 saves, two shutouts and a 1.82 GAA.

In her 10th season at the helm of the Montana program, head coach Betsy Duerksen (Boston College, 1988) holds a 111-63-6 record with the Grizzlies. She is 155-83-8 in 13 seasons as a head coach.

THE SERIES vs. MONTANA: On a three-game win streak against the Wildcats, Montana holds a 3-1-0 lead in the series with Arizona. The Grizzlies won the last meeting with Arizona, 2-0, in Tucson on Oct. 10, 1997.

ABOUT UNLV: Holding a 5-3-1 overall record, the Rebels are on a modest two-game unbeaten streak. UNLV slipped by Nevada, 1-0, in Reno on Friday, then they played Northern Arizona to a scoreless tie on Sunday.

Junior forward Annii Magliulo has a strong hold on the UNLV scoring lead, with seven goals and two assists (16 points) on the season. Senior defender Erin Egertson is second with two goals and two assists (six points), followed closely by sophomore forward Nickie Olson's one goal and three assists (five points). Sophomore goalkeeper Jenna Huff has seen the majority of action in the nets for UNLV, collecting 48 saves, four shutouts and a 1.27 GA average.

UNLV head coach Dan Abdalla (UNLV, 1997) holds a 38-27-3 mark in his fourth season at the helm of his alma mater's program.

THE SERIES vs. UNLV: Arizona won the only previous meeting with UNLV, 4-1, in Tucson on Sept. 23, 2001. In that match, then-freshman Candice Wilks scored two goals in the second half. Cassie Daniels, also a freshman at the time, assisted Wilks' first goal, then combined with fellow rookie Vanesha Bailey for a double-assist on Wilks' second goal. UNLV's Annii Magliulo scored the Rebels' lone goal of the game five minutes into the match.

ARIZONA'S LAST TIME OUT: The Wildcats kept up their winning ways last weekend, sweeping Kentucky and San Francisco at home to extend their win streak to three matches.

An early goal was all the Cats needed to defeat Kentucky, 1-0, on Sept. 19. The UA got three shots off in the first six minutes of the match, but it was their fourth shot of the game that proved to be the deciding factor. Erin Bevacqua sent a shot into the box, deflecting it off a Kentucky defender and into the goal. Arizona just missed a chance for another goal with less than a minute left in the period, when a shot by sophomore midfielder Courtney Moseley skimmed over the crossbar.

Both teams stepped up pressure in the second half, and Arizona had a sequence with just over 15 minutes remaining that looked like it might result in an insurance goal. After sophomore forward Maggie MacCool was fouled hard on a breakaway, Mallory Miller sent a long direct kick into the box, but it was cleared out.

Freshman forward Lauren Winters collected the loose ball and fired a shot that hit the crossbar and was tipped out by a UK defender. A corner kick ensued, which junior defender Lindsey Peeples headed toward the goal, only to see the UK goalkeeper stop the shot.

Arizona goalkeeper Natalie Juarez did her share to preserve the shutout, tallying three saves in addition to a number of punches and stops in the box that don't show on a stat sheet. Arizona finished with a 13-9 advantage in shots and a 5-3 lead in shots on-goal. Miller had a game-high-tying four shots, with two on-goal, while Vanesha Bailey had two shots.

On Sept. 21, Mallory Miller notched a pair of goals in less than two minutes to give the Wildcats a 3-1 victory over San Francisco. The Dons scored on their first shot of the game, at 9:36. Arizona had eight shots over the next 33 minutes, including one by sophomore Erin Clewett that was stopped on the goal line by a USF defender, but the Cats were unable to convert.

At 33:12, USF midfielder Annika Schmidt was issued a red card for fouling Mallory Miller, and the Dons were forced to finish the game a player short. Finally, in the 43rd minute, Arizona was able to knot the score, when sophomore midfielder Jen Klein dropped in a header off a corner kick by Courtney Moseley. With just eight seconds left in the half, it looked like the Cats scored the game-winner, but the goal was disallowed as an off-sides.

The score remained tied through the first 15 minutes of the second half, then Mallory Miller collected a loose ball in the box and sent a high volley over the USF goalkeeper into the net at 61:05. Just over one minute later, Maggie MacCool was fouled hard in the box, and Miller converted the ensuing penalty kick at 62:17 for her second goal of the game.

Arizona finished the match with a 24-10 advantage in shots, including a 12-4 edge in shots on-goal. Miller had a game-high six shots, four on-goal, while MacCool and Vanesha Bailey had four shots each.

LOOKING AHEAD: The Cats wrap up non-conference play and a three-game road swing next weekend in San Diego. Arizona will play at the University of San Diego on Friday, Oct. 3, at 5 p.m.

The Wildcats will kick off Pac-10 play at home against Stanford on Friday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m., then they will face California on Sunday, Oct. 12, at 1 p.m. The homestand continues on Saturday, Oct. 18, when the Cats take on rival Arizona State at 7 p.m. All three matches will be played at Murphey Stadium, 15th Street and Plumer Avenue.

ARIZONA HEAD COACH Dan Tobias: First-year head coach Dan Tobias (Cal Poly, 1987) is 4-3-0 with the Wildcats. He holds a career record of 48-48-6 over six years, five of which were spent at the helm of the Washington State program. Tobias was the 2002 Pac-10 Coach of the Year after guiding the Cougars to a third-place finish in the conference and their second NCAA tournament appearance in three years.

THE REST OF THE STAFF: In her first season at the UA, Lisa Oyen (Montana, 1998) followed Dan Tobias from Washington State, where she was part of Tobias' coaching staff for two years.

Assistant coach Harold Warren (Cal Poly SLO, 2002) is also in his first year with the Wildcats. He came to the UA after spending the 2002 season on the women's soccer staff at UC Irvine.

KEEP SHOOTING: The Wildcats have out-shot their opponents, 112-53, for the season. That means the Cats are taking an average of eight more shots per game than their opponents.

Arizona also has an enormous 56-15 advantage in corner kicks already this year, further proof that the Cats are spending much more time in the opponent's third than in their own. Against Arkansas on Sept. 5, the Wildcats took 12 corner kicks, tying the school record of 12 set previously on Oct. 21, 2001, against Oregon State at home.

ARIZONA'S RECORD WHEN: This season, the Wildcats are... 4-0-0 when tied or leading at the half... 3-1-0 when scoring two goals or more... 4-0-0 when giving up just one goal or less.

A TALE OF TWO HALVES: The Wildcats have been out-scored by their opponents, 7-5, in the first half during this season's matches. However, Arizona has out-scored its opponents, 8-3, in the second half.

TWICE IS NICE: Traditionally, the Cats have fared rather well when scoring two or more goals in a match. They have won three of the four matches this year in which they have scored more than one goal. Over the 10 years of Wildcat soccer, the UA has a 41-22-2 record when scoring two goals or more.

CLOSE BUT...: The outcome of four of the Wildcats' seven games so far this season has been decided by one goal or less. In the 10-year history of the Arizona soccer program, 72 matches have been decided by that one-goal-or-less differential.

TOUGH SCHEDULE: Five of Arizona's 2003 opponents are either nationally ranked or received votes for ranking in this week's polls.

In the NSCAA Coaches Poll, UCLA is tied for No. 3, Washington is No. 6, California is No. 12, and Stanford is No. 21. Arizona State received votes for ranking.

In the Soccer America Top 25, UCLA stands at No. 4, Washington is No. 13, California is No. 15, Arizona State is No. 17, and Stanford is No. 21.

In the Soccer Buzz Magazine Top 25, UCLA is holding down the No. 4 spot, Washington is No. 12, Arizona State is No.13, and California is No. 16. Stanford received votes for ranking.

In the NSCAA West Region Poll, UCLA is tied for No. 1, Washington is tied for No. 1, California is No. 4, Stanford is No. 7, and Arizona State is No. 10.

CURRENT CATS AMONG UA CAREER LEADERS: Junior forward Candice Wilks is tied for third on the UA career list for game-winning goals (3), is fourth in total points (29), fourth in goals scored (12), fourth in total shots (79) and is tied for sixth in assists (5).

Junior midfielder Vanesha Bailey is sixth in career assists (6), ninth in total points (20), tied for eighth in games started (44) and is tied for ninth in goals scored (7). Sophomore midfielder Mallory Miller is tied for sixth in game-winning goals (2), is seventh in total shots (72) and is tied for seventh in assists (5).

Sophomore midfielders Lisa Kosena and Erin Clewett are both tied for seventh in career assists, with five apiece. Junior defender Lindsey Peeples is tied for eighth in games started, with 44.

Sophomore goalkeeper Natalie Juarez is second in career goals-against average (2.30), fourth in goalkeeping minutes played (1331) and fourth in saves (81).

THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME: The Wildcats have a 26-34-3 record in eight seasons playing on their home field, Murphey Stadium.

ON LOCATION: Arizona is 3-1-0 at home this year, 1-1-0 in road contests and 0-1-0 in neutral matches. The Wildcats were 4-5-0 at home last season, 1-7-0 on the road and 1-0-1 in neutral games.

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