Sept. 22, 2011
Arizona (0-7-1) at No. 1 Stanford (8-0-1)
Saturday, Sept. 24 • 7:00 p.m. MST
Palo Alto, Calif. • Laird Q. Cagan Stadium
TUCSON, Ariz. -University of Arizona Wildcat women's soccer squad will open the Pac-12 Conference schedule this weekend at No. 1 Stanford on Saturday at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium.
Last Time Out: Last week, the Wildcats hosted Pacific and Texas Tech in the Lowes Ventana Canyon Resort Cats Classic. Friday, Arizona (0-7-1) took on Pacific in the late game, and lost to the Tigers 3-0. Junior forward Renae Cuellar led the team with four shot attempts, three on-goal for the match. Sunday, the squad earned its first shutout of the year, as both sides were held scoreless through two overtime periods. Senior goalkeeper Ashley Jetthad five saves on the night, including a pair of leaping deflections in the first overtime period that were key to extending the game.
Noting the Cardinal: The No. 1 Stanford Cardinal added a pair of shutout wins to its 8-0-1 record last weekend, on the road at Portland and Santa Clara. Starting with Portland, Cardinal Kristy Zurmuhlen scored her first goal of the season in second half of the 2-0 shutout win. At Santa Clara, Camille Levin and Marjani Hing-Glover scored a pair of first-half goals six minutes apart in the victory. Goalie Emily Emily Oliver earned her 13th career shutout in the match.
About the Cats: Arizona enters the 2011 season with eight returning starters and high expectations following a 5-13-2 campaign a season ago ... The Wildcats return players with 234 combined starts in their collegiate careers ... Forward Renae Cuellar, who scored six goals and had three assists in the first six games of 2010, returns after missing the final 14 matches due to a knee injury ... Senior goalkeeper Ashley Jettreturns after playing every minute in goal over the course of the final 18 matches last season ... Several of the UA's seven freshmen could make their collegiate debuts this weekend.
Welcome to the Show: This season, four freshmen made their collegiate debuts at Arizona. LeeAndra Smith earned a start in her first career game against San Diego State, while Julia Glanz and Emily Lai made appearances as reserves. Glanz made her first collegiate start two days later against Pepperdine, and Desiree Bramlette saw her first action as a Wildcat off the bench against the Waves. Against Pepperdine, Lai and Glanz each registered their first shot attempts. At Brigham Young, Brie DeFelicecame off the bench and recorded one on-goal shot attempt.
Head Coach Lisa Oyen: Lisa Oyenenters her second full season as head coach of the Arizona women's soccer program. In her two seasons at the helm, Oyen has provided stability to the program that is seeking its first winning season 2005. She has improved talent, depth and skill on the roster, and revitalized the Wildcats' recruiting efforts. Her 2010 team - her first full year in charge - was hit hard by injury and illness, but showed its toughness and resilience in a 5-13-2 campaign. Oyen served as a co-interim head coach for the final seven games of 2009, before being named the head coach after the season. She has a career coaching record of 6-19-2 counting all 27 games she has been a head coach or co-interim head coach. Prior to becoming a head coach, she served as an assistant at the school for seven seasons.
Filling up the Stat Sheet: Despite playing just six of 20 games, Cuellar posted team-leading figures in most of the major stat categories: goals (6), points (15) and shot percentage (.231). Cuellar didn't achieve the team lead in these categories by a small margin either; despite missing 14 games, her six goals doubled the number two goal-scorer on the squad, her 15 points were nine more than her closest competition and her .231 shot percentage was 55 points higher than the second highest percentage. Her one game-winning goal and three assists tied for the most on the team.
Jetting into the Record Books: Senior goalkeeper Ashley Jett recorded 104 saves in 2010, the most in the Pac-10. Arizona has had a rich history at her position; since 2001, seven UA goalkeepers have led the Pac-10 in saves. Her 104 saves are the second most in the conference since UA's Chelsea McIntyrestopped 109 shots on goal in 2006. For the 2011 season, Jett is second in the conference in saves with 40 and an average of 5.00 per game.
Up Next: Next weekend, Arizona continues conference play at Colorado and Utah. The Wildcats will face off against Colorado on Friday, Sept. 30 at 4 p.m. in the squads first-ever meeting. Sunday, Arizona will meet Utah in Salt Lake at 1 p.m.
For complete results from the event and continued coverage of Arizona Wildcat women's soccer, visit ArizonaWildcats.com.