WHAT’S HAPPENING:The 22nd-ranked Arizona women’s soccer team (4-1-2) will travel to Portland, Ore., to take on third-ranked Portland (8-0) on Fri., Sept. 23, at 7 p.m.
The Wildcats return home to host UC-Santa Barbara (5-3-0) on Sun., Sept. 25 at 7 p.m.
LAST TIME OUT: Arizona earned a win and a tie in two overtime games over the weekend in its home tournament, the Four Points University Plaza Arizona Soccer Classic.
In the first game ahainst Utah, the Wildcats and the Utes battled through the first half with each team posting five shots, but neither was able to put a score on the board.
The scoreless play continued into the second half with a physical battle on both sides of the ball.
In the 67th minute, Head Coach Dan Tobias received a red card and was ejected from the game.
After two periods of regulation play, the Wildcats and Utes came onto the field for sudden-victory overtime. After many opportunities for both sides, Arizona senior Mallory Miller placed a rebound off of her own shot into the back of the net for the Wildcat victory.
In Sunday’s match, the Wildcats took on the New Mexico Lobos. In the 36th minute, Miller placed a pass from freshman London King into the back of the net for her sixth goal of the season and the 1-0 Wildcat lead. The goal was the only first half goal to be scored in all four games of the tournament.
Arizona came out in the second half with a 1-0 lead and controlled the ball through most of the half. With less than seven minutes to go the Lobos were able to tie the game with a goal by Kellee Hafner off of an assist from Asha Richardson.
Arizona and New Mexico battled through two scoreless overtime periods to leave the game at a 1-1 tie. The Wildcats finished the game with 14 shots, while the Lobos posted 10. Arizona goalkeeper sophomore McCall Smith made three saves and Lobo goalkeeper Kristen Winters made four.
YOUTH SOCCER DAY: The Wildcats will host a soccer youth day before Sunday’s game vs. UC-Santa Barbara. Festivities will begin at 5 p.m., followed by an autograph session with the entire Wildcat squad at 5:30 p.m. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
ABOUT PORTLAND:The No. 3 ranked Pilots are undefeated with an 8-0 record with victories over No. 14 Stanford, Oregon, San Diego State, Pacific, No. 11 Wisconsin, No. 19 West Virginia, No. 21 Texas and Baylor. The Pilots largest margin of victory came on Aug. 31 when they defeated Oregon, 6-0.
Portland’s leading scorer is senior Christine Sinclair, who has 16 goals and 35 total points. The figures lead the nation. The Pilots’ starting goalkeeper, Cori Alexander has allowed two goals on the season and has posted a 0.28 goals against average.
Portland returns 20 letterwinners, including eight starters, from a team that went 20-4-0 and 6-1-0 in the West Coast Conference, finishing in a tie for first in the conference standings. The Pilots reached the NCAA Quarterfinals, where they lost to eventual national champion, Notre Dame.
In his third season with Portland, head coach Garrett Smith has led Portland to a 46-7-2 record.
Pilots vs. Cats: This will be the first meeting between Portland and Arizona.
ABOUT UC-SANTA BARBARA: The Gauchos come to Arizona with a 5-3-0 record with victories over Fresno State, Rutgers, Villanova, Hawaii and George Washington. In their last match versus George Washington on Sept. 18, the Gauchos won 1-0 in overtime.
UCSB’s leading scorer is freshman Genelle Ives with three goals and five assists. The Gauchos’ goalkeeper is senior Jamie Considine. Considine has two shutouts on the season and a 1.32 goals against average.
UCSB returns 13 letterwinners and 11 starters from the 2004 squad that posted an overall record of 13-6-2. The Gauchos earned a conference record of 7-1-1 to finish first in the Big West. UCSB went on to lose in the Big West Championship game.
The head coach for the Gauchos is Paul Stumpf. In his seventh season with the program, Stumpf has posted a 70-45-11 record.
Gauchos vs. Cats: This will be the first meeting between UCSB and Arizona.
ARIZONA IN THE RANKINGS: The National Soccer Coaches’ Association of America has ranked the Wildcats as No. 22, while Soccer America has Arizona in the No. 21 spot. Soccer Buzz Magazine has ranked Arizona No. 23 in its national poll. Additionally, the publication placed the Wildcats as the No. 8-ranked team in the West Region.
MILLER ON TOP: Senior Mallory Miller leads the Wildcats in goals scored with six. Miller scored the only two goals for the Wildcats over the weekend and has scored hall four goals in Arizona’s three home games this season. Miller is also Arizona’s career assist leader with 15.
IN THE LAST TWO SEASONS: The Wildcats are close to matching their success of the 2004 season, easily the best season in the history of the program. At this point in 2004, Arizona held a 6-1 record. In the 2004 and 2005 seasons, Arizona has posted a 19-7-2 record. Previous to the 2004 season, the Wildcats best overall record came in 1997 when Arizona went 8-11-1.
GOALS AGAINST: The Wildcats have allowed five goals on the season, three of which came in Arizona’s only loss, 3-1, to Pepperdine.
SENIOR LEADERSHIP: Five Wildcat seniors have participated in all seven matches for the Wildcats. Kamaya Damwijk, Jennifer Klein, and Mallory Miller have started all seven games. Althea Jones will return to the Wildcat lineup after she recovers from ACL surgery she had during the spring.
IN THE NETS: Sophomore goalie McCall Smith is coming off of a freshman season in which she broke four of the program’s goalkeeping records and was named a finalist for Freshman of the Year. With her shutout versus Utah on Friday, Smith is the program’s leader in career shutouts with 15.
IN THE BACK: The Wildcats rely on a fairly young defense made up entirely of freshmen and sophomores. Sophomores Claire Bodiya, Nicole Scheid, Kaity Heath and Shannon Kusmit, and freshmen Savanah Levake, Brianna Caceres and Erika Olson make up the back line for the Wildcats. In its first two matches, the Wildcats started Bodiya, Heath and Scheid and Caceres defensively.
NEWCOMERS:UA’s eight freshman have made an immediate impact on the team. Brianna Caceres has started all five matches, while London King and Gianna DeSavario have each started one match. King is the Wildcats’ second leading scoreer with two goals.
HEAD COACH DAN TOBIAS: In 2004, Tobias led the Wildcats to a 15-6 overall record. Additionally the 6-3 Pac-10 record gave Arizona its first Pac-10 championship in the history of the program.
For his efforts, Tobias was the first coach in Arizona soccer history to be named Pac-10 Coach of the Year. Tobias is the second coach to receive Pac-10 Coach of the Year accolades twice, after being named 2002 Coach of the Year while at Washington State. USC’s Jim Millinder accomplished the feat in 1996 and 1998.
Additionally, Tobias received national recognition by being named 2004 National Coach of the Year by Soccer America. The National Soccer Coaches Association of America and Soccer Buzz Magazine also named him West Region Coach of the Year.
IN THE PAC: The Wildcats currently hold the fifth-best record in the conference. Nine of 10 Pac-10 teams have earned at least a .500 record at this point in the season.
Oregon State 6-1-0
Washington State 5-2-0
Arizona State 4-3-1