WHAT’S HAPPENING:The University of Arizona women’s soccer team will host defending national champion Portland this Friday at Lohse Stadium. The Wildcats and No. 5 Pilots will face off at 4:30 p.m. in a live televised game by FSN Arizona. Arizona will then travel to Utah to take on No. 14 Brigham Young on Monday, Sept. 25, at 8 p.m. (MST).
IN THE SPOTLIGHT: This is the first televised home game in Arizona’s history. Calling the game for FSN Arizona will be Dave Sitton and Shannon Boxx. Sitton will provide play-by-play for the game, while Boxx will be the analyst. Boxx, a Notre Dame alum, was on the 1995 NCAA Championship team. She was also a part of the USA national team that won a gold medal at the 2004 Olympics.
LAST TIME OUT: The Wildcats extended their winning streak to four games. On Friday, Gianna DeSaverio’s two goals and one assist led Arizona to a 3-0 victory over Cal Poly. Chelsea McIntyre also earned her fourth shut out of the year. On Sunday, Arizona took an early lead over Montana on a goal from London King. Montana tied the game in the second half and the score remained 1-1 until the end of regulation. In overtime, Sally Thurner scored with 56 seconds remaining in the period to give Arizona the sudden victory.
NATIONAL HONORS: After posting two shutouts in the Four Points Sheraton Cats Classic, Chelsea McIntyre received national recognition. The sophomore goalkeeper was named the Soccer Times Player of the Week. She was also a part of Top Drawer Soccer’s Team of the Week and Soccer Buzz’s Elite Team of the Week.
TOPS IN THE PAC-10: Arizona leads the Pac-10 in shots taken and saves made. Individually, Gianna DeSaverio ranks first in goals scored and second in points. Chelsea McIntyre ranks first in saves made, and second in save percentage and shutouts.
FAST START: Arizona continues to get off to a fast start this year. The Wildcats have scored 10 of their 13 goals this season in the first half. Arizona has scored nine before the 30:00 minute mark, five times to give it an the early lead.
DRAMATIC ENDING: Throught eight games, the Wildcats have already competed in three overtime games. Arizona is 2-1 in such contests, winning both games that ended in the first extra period, while losing one game in double overtime.
FAMILIAR FACES: Both Chelsea McIntyre and Savanah Levake have played every minute of Arizona’s eight games this season. McIntyre played in only one game last season, while Levake played in 17 of the Wildcats’ 22 games.
IN GOAL: Through eight games, Chelsea McIntyre has done a solid job replacing McCall Smith. McIntyre has allowed only five goals, three less than Smith through the same number of games, and made 44 saves while posting four shutouts. McIntyre has a 0.60 GAA while Smith had a 0.94 GAA through eight games last season.
REPLACING MILLER: Gianna DeSaverio leads the Wildcat offense with five goals and three assists. DeSaverio was a part of four of Arizona’s five goals last weekend. In total, she has scored or assisted on seven of the Wildcats’ 13 goals. DeSaverio has already bettered her output from last season when she had three goals and two assists in 22 matches.
STEPPING UP:Through eight games Arizona offensive and defensive stats have improved from last year. The Wildcats have scored two more goals this season and allowed three less. This season’s team has posted a 6-2-0 record while the 2005 squad went 4-2-2 through eight games.
ABOUT PORTLAND: Portland has a 5-2-1 record so far this season. Its only losses have come against top-10 competition, No. 4 Florida State and No. 5 North Carolina. Megan Rapinoe leads the Pilots with nine goals and two assists. Portland’s goalkeeper is Cori Alexander and she has started all eight games this season. She holds a 0.82 GAA, allowing six goals so far.
The Pilots went 23-0-2 last season, 6-0-1 in the West Coast Conference, on their way to a national championship. Portland returns eight starters and 16 letterwinners from last year’s squad. The Pilots did lose national player of the year Christine Sinclair.
UP is coached by Garrett Smith, who is in his fourth season with the Pilots. He has a 61-7-4 career record.
PILOTS VS. WILDCATS: Portland leads the series 2-0 with both wins coming last season. In Arizona and Portland’s regular season match up, the Pilots scored three goals in the first half on their way to a 3-0 victory. The Wildcats and Pilots met again in the NCAA Sweet 16. Portland ended Arizona’s most successful postseason run in school history with a 4-0 win over the Wildcats.
ABOUT BYU: Brigham Young has a 6-1-0 record so far. The Cougars wins include victories over No. 16 Georgia and No. 22 Fresno State. BYU has a balanced scoring attack with seven players recording at least one goal. Erika Woodbury is the Cougars’ goalkeeper and she has played in all seven of BYU’s games this season. She has a 0.56 GAA, allowing four goals.
The Cougars return eight starters and 22 letterwinners from the 2005 squad that went 15-2-5 overall and 4-1-2 in the Mountain West Conference.
BYU is coached by Jennifer Rockwood, who is in her 12th season with the Cougars. She has compiled a 189-58-14 while at BYU.
COUGARS VS. WILDCATS: BYU leads the series with a 4-2-0 advantage. The Wildcats hosted the Cougars last season on Nov. 1. BYU was victorious 2-1.
ARIZONA IN THE RANKINGS: The Wildcats moved up two spots in the Soccer Buzz West Region poll to No. 11.
Pac-10 IN THE RANKINGS: UCLA is ranked No. 3 in the Soccer America, Soccer Buzz and NSCAA polls. California stands as the No. 19 in the Soccer Buzz poll and No. 20 in NSCAA poll. Southern California is ranked No. 20 in the Soccer Buzz poll.
Additionally, Pac-10 teams hold five of the top-15 spots in Soccer Buzz’s West Region Poll,
3. Santa Clara
7. Long Beach St.
8. Fresno State
12. Cal St. Fullerton
13. San Diego
HEAD COACH DAN TOBIAS: In 2005, Tobias led the Wildcats to a 11-8-3 overall record and a 4-4-1 record in the Pac-10. Additionally, Tobias led the team to its first berth in the NCAA Sweet 16 in the program’s history. In three years, Tobias has compiled a 38-27-5 record at Arizona.