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Sept. 1, 2010

Arizona vs. Northern Arizona
7 pm | Friday, Sept. 3
Murphey Field at Mulcahy Stadium

Arizona vs. Cal Poly
7 pm | Sunday, Sept. 5
Murphey Field Mulcahy Stadium

TUCSON--The Arizona women's soccer team kicks off the home schedule this weekend, hosting in-state rival Northern Arizona on Friday, September 3 and Cal Poly on Sunday, September 5. Both games will be held at Murphey Field at Mulcahy Stadium.

About the Lumberjacks: Northern Arizona opened their season with a pair of losses to Arizona State and UTEP. Against ASU, the Lumberjacks rallied from a 2-0 deficit in the second half, and the game was tied 3-3 until ASU scored the game winner with just over a minute left to play. Against UTEP, the Miners kept up the defense after scoring their only goal in the 20th minute, and held on to the slim lead to hand the Lumberjacks their second loss of the season. Last season, the Wildcats traveled to Flagstaff and played to a 2-2 draw. Arizona is 5-0-1 in the all time series against NAU.

About the Mustangs: Last week, Cal Poly took a pair of 2-1 wins over Hawaii and Long Island to bring their overall season record to 2-1. Against Hawaii, the Mustangs got on the board early with a goal in the second minute, and took another in the 37th. Cal Poly led Hawaii 20-10 in shots, and took an 8-5 advantage in shots on goal. Sunday, the Mustangs were outshot by Long Island 8-2 in the first half, but countered with a pair of goals in the 33rd and 55th minutes to seal the game in their favor. Cal Poly will face San Jose State on Friday September 3rd before facing the Wildcats on Sunday.

Last Week: Last weekend, the Wildcats opened the 2010 season on the road at the University of San Diego Tournament in San Diego, Calif.

Friday, Arizona faced the University of San Diego, and lost 4-1. Arizona's only goal of the evening came from sophomore Brittany Cole, who took advantage of junior Renae Cuellar's cross to get the ball in the net. Sophomore Alex Smith and freshmen Ana Montoya and Kenzie Akerfelds also made attempts at the goal.

On Sunday, the Wildcats took on Pepperdine, where Cuellar hit both Arizona goals in the 4-2 loss. Pepperdine went up early, scoring 3 goals in the first 10 minutes before the Wildcats got on the board in the 16th. Cole and senior Macke Mutz took nods assisting Cuellar's second goal in the 89th.

Cuellar and Smith were also named to the USD Tournament's All-Tournament team.

Wildcat freshmen: Arizona boasts an extremely young team this season with the addition of twelve newcomers: Ana Montoya, Kenzie Akerfelds, Jessica Fitzgerald, Jensen Skinner, Jaznim Ponce, Gabrielle Lindeman, Shannon Heinzler, Samantha Cummings, MacKenzie Jaroch, Amy Olson, and goalkeepers Lorena Aragon and Jamie Wilson.

In the first two matches of the season, five freshmen have been given nods to start, and another two have come in off the bench.

Wildcat leaders: Leading the Arizona team this year are the three seniors, Alex Davis, Macke Mutz, and Becky Barry. Last season, Davis took 23 shots, second most on the team, and scored her first career goal against ASU (Oct. 23). Mutz notched 19 started at midfield last season, and developed in to one of Arizona's top team leaders on and off the field. Barry struggled with injures last season, and only appeared in 9 games. Will bring solid leadership to the defensive end of the program.

Challenging Schedule: The Wildcats have a challenging schedule in the 2010 season, facing very strong conference who have received nods from the NSCAA Soccer Rankings:
2-Stanford
11-UCLA
21-California
Arizona State and Oregon State have also received votes toward the rankings.

Next week: The Cats head up north to Tempe next week to participate in the Sun Devil Desert Classic. Arizona will face Nebraska on Friday September 10th at 4:30pm. On Sunday they will take on Tennessee at 11am.

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