On Friday, the Arizona womenˇ?s soccer team (4-2-0) will take on the Virginia Tech Hookies (3-2-1) at 7 p.m.??On Sunday, the Wildcats will host No. 2 Santa Clara (4-0-1) at 1 p.m. Both games will be played at Murphey Field at Mulcahy Stadium, located at 15th St. and Plumer Ave.
Last Week Recap
Over the weekend the Wildcats went 1-1. On Friday, the Cats defeated the New Mexico Lobos, 4-1.? Freshman Jasmin Day scored at the 31:06 mark on an assist by sophomore Jacqueline Broussard, her time leading third goal of the season.? With less than a minute remaining in the first half Arizona scored again on a goal by Analisa Marquez off an assist by Samantha Drees. Drees recorded her first of two assists on the day with the helper that lead to Marquezˇ?s goal, her firs of the season.? At the 75:14 mark, Arizona scored its third goal of the day.? London King scored her second goal of the season on a Dreesˇ? assist.? The Cats put all doubts to sleep with Jasmine Namdarˇ?s second goal of the year in the 81st?minute.? Christina Hughes hit Namdar up the field for a breakaway goal.? Two minutes later, the Lobos finally got on the board when Markee Nobriga scored her first goal of the season.? The goal ended Wildcatsˇ? goalkeeper Danielle Nicolaiˇ?s 215 minute and 43 second scoreless streak.
On Sunday, Arizona was defeated by No. 10 Virginia, 4-0, in the championship of the Virginia Nike Soccer Classic.??The Cats gave up two goals in the first 10 minutes of the game and a third at the 27-minute mark of the first half.??With two minutes left the Cavaliers scored again to make it 4-0. ??
Virginia Nike Soccer Classic All-Tournament Selections
Junior defender Savanah Levake: All-Tournament Team
Sophomore forward Samantha Drees: All-Tournament Team
Freshman forward Jasmin Day: All-Tournament Team
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 44-37-7 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 Hokies
Virginia Tech enters Fridayˇ?s game against Arizona with a 3-2-1 record.? Head coach Kelly Cagle holds a 32-36-7 record in five seasons on the Hookie sideline.? Last year the Hokies were 6-8-4, 1-6-3 in the Atlantic Coast Conference.? The Hookies leading scorer is freshman forward Marika Gray with five goals on the year.? Junior goalkeeper Ashley Owens has saved 83% of shots on goal and is allowing 0.80 goals per game.? This is the first-ever meeting between Arizona and Virginia Tech.
About the Broncos
Santa Clara enters the Sunday contest with a record of 4-0-1 and is ranked No. 2 in the recent Soccer Buzz Top-25 poll.??Head coach Jerry Smith holds a 326-84-26 (.777) record in 21 seasons with the Broncoˇ?s.??On Sept. 23, 2005, Smith became only the third head coach to win 300 games, joining North Carolinaˇ?s Anson Dorrance and Connecticutˇ?s Len Tsantiris in the elite club.? For 18 consecutive seasons Smith has guided the Broncos to the NCAA tournament and had them ranked among the nations top 10 programs.? Last year the Broncos went 15-5-1 (5-1-1) and won the West Coast Conference championship, but were eliminated in the first round of the NCAA tournament.? The Broncos leading goal scorers are senior midfielder Brittany Klein and sophomore defender Courtney Lewis with three goals apiece.? Junior goalkeeper Meagan McCray has saved 82% of shots on goal and given up 0.92 goals per game.? This is the first-ever meeting between Arizona and Santa Clara.
Against Ranked Opponents
The Cats are 1-1 against ranked opponents this season.? They have defeated No. 4 Texas and lost to No. 10 Virginia.? 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.
Freshman forward Jasmin Day leads the team with three goals.? Day scored a goal in the Cats 4-1 win over New Mexico this weekend.? Sophomore forward Samantha Drees added two assists in the victory over the Lobos, giving her a team high three assists on the year.? Both Day and Drees were named to the all-tournament teams, along with junior defender Savanah Levake.
Leading the Pac
Danielle Nicolai leads the Pac-10 in saves with 26 on the season and saves per game with 4.33.? She is in the top-10 of every save category for the conference, third in save percentage with at .743, seventh in goals against average at 1.74 and tied for fifth with one shutout.? Jasmin Day ranks third in the conference with goals with three and seventh in total points with seven.? As a team Arizona leads the Pac-10 in saves with 26 and is third in goals scored with 13.? Arizona also leads the conference for attendance with an average of 709 per game.
Savanah Levake Honored
Arizonaˇ?s Savanah Levake was named to the Soccer Buzz?Elite Team of the Week (Week of Sept. 11) after leading the Wildcats to a pair of wins including an upset of fourth-ranked Texas. The weekly honor is the first in her three-year career at Arizona.??Levake, a junior defender from Phoenix, Ariz., helped start off the successful weekend when she broke a 1-1 in the 53rd minute on her second career goal in Arizonaˇ?s 2-1 win over Nevada on Friday. She then played a vital role defensively in UAˇ?s 2-0 whitewashing of the Longhorns two days later. Levake and the Wildcat defensive effort held UT scoreless for the first time this season and handed UA its first win over a top-5 team since the 2004 season.