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Arizona Soccer Faces No. 23 Cal, No. 2 Stanford at Home This Week
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Release: 10/30/2001
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Oct. 30, 2001

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WHAT'S HAPPENING: The University of Arizona women's soccer team (5-9-1, 2-4-0 Pac-10) opens a season-ending three-game homestand against the Bay Area schools this weekend. The Wildcats will take on 23rd-ranked California on Friday, Nov. 2, at 7 p.m., then they face No. 2 Stanford on Sunday, Nov. 4, at 11 a.m. Both matches will be played a Murphey Stadium.

ABOUT ARIZONA: The Wildcats slipped to 5-9-1 overall and 2-4-0 in Pac-10 play after defeats at No. 16 Washington (2-0) and at Washington State (3-1) last weekend. The Cats will be looking to preserve their perfect 5-0-1 home record this week.

Freshman forward Candice Wilks continues to lead the Cats in scoring, with seven goals and three assists (17 points). Fellow freshman Vanesha Bailey is second, wtih five goals and three assists (13 points), followed closely by freshman Cassie Daniels' four goals and four assists (12 points).

Senior forward Kristi Loro?a is fourth on the scoring chart with five goals (10 points), while sophomore forward Liz Bartlett has four goals and one assist (nine points). Senior midfielder Katie Winship has one goal and one assist (three points), junior transfer Tymarie Novak has one goal (two points), and senior midfielder Twila Kaufman has two assists (two points).

In the nets, senior goalkeeper Shannon Monti has played all 1387 minutes of the season, tallying 88 saves, one shutout and a 1.95 goals-against average.

As a team, Arizona is leading the Pac-10 in saves (94) and is sixth in goals scored (27). Shannon Monti is the Pac-10 leader in saves (88) and saves per game (5.87 spg).

KAUFMAN BECOMES CAREER LEADER: With starts in both of last weekend's matches, senior midfielder Twila Kaufman has become the UA career leader in both games started (67) and games played (71). She has surpassed former Wildcat Nikki Jones (1995-98) in the games started category and is tied with Jones for the lead in games played. Kaufman has played in every Arizona soccer game since arriving as a freshman in 1998 and has started all but two of those matches.

ABOUT CALIFORNIA: Despite losing each of their last three matches, the Golden Bears are ranked 23rd this week with 10-5-1 overall and 2-3-0 Pac-10 records. Cal was edged by rival Stanford, 2-1, in Palo Alto during the Bears' only action last weekend.

With 12 goals and three assists (27 points), junior forward Laura Schott has a solid hold on the scoring lead for Cal. Sophomore forward Kassie Doubrava is second with five goals and four assists (14 points), followed by sophomore midfielder Kim Yokers with three goals and six assists (12 points).

Freshman goalkeeper Mallory Moser has played 1405 minutes for the Bears this season, tallying 48 saves, four shutouts and a 1.02 GAA. Sophomore Katie Pittman has seen 66 minutes in the nets, with seven saves and a 2.73 GAA.

Head coach Kevin Boyd (Tri-State, 1990) holds an 64-30-4 record in five seasons at the helm of the California program.

THE SERIES vs. CALIFORNIA: The Golden Bears are undefeated in the series with Arizona, 6-0-0.

LAST MEETING WITH CALIFORNIA: In the midst of a three-game road swing, the Wildcats were shutout by then-No. 8 California, 2-0, in Berkeley on Oct. 22, 2000. The Golden Bears notched both goals in the first 25 minutes of the match, and neither team scored for the remainder of the game.

Cal outshot Arizona, 15-7, for the game. Then-freshman Liz Bartlett had a game-high-tying three shots for the Wildcats, while Twila Kaufman, Sierra Cristiano, Tiffany Sabado and Katie Winship logged one shot apiece. Wildcat goalkeeper Shannon Monti shared time in the nets with Inger Airheart, collecting five saves.

ABOUT STANFORD: After a scoreless tie with then-No. 7 St. Mary's and a 2-1 win over then-No. 22 California at home last weekend, the Cardinal improved to 12-1-1 overall and 5-0-0 in Pac-10 play. On a six-game unbeaten streak, Stanford jumped to No. 2 in the national rankings this week. The Cardinal will take on Arizona State on Friday night before heading to Tucson for Sunday's match.

Junior forward Marcia Wallis has collected 10 goals and six assists (26 points) to lead the Cardinal in scoring. She is closely followed by sophomore midfielder Marcie Ward's eight goals and nine assists (25 points).

Senior goalkeeper Carrie Walsh has played 1315 minutes in the nets for the Cardinal, gathering 64 saves, three shutouts and a 0.89 goals-against average. Junior Becky Myers has seen 14 minutes of action.

Second-year head coach Andy Nelson (West Chester, 1988) has a 36-7-2 mark with the Cardinal. He is 106-36-11 in eight years as a head coach.

THE SERIES vs. STANFORD: The Cardinal have the 6-0-0 lead in the series with Arizona.

LAST MEETING WITH STANFORD: The Wildcats suffered a 2-0 loss to then-No. 20 Stanford on Oct. 20, 2000, in Palo Alto. The Cardinal gained an early advantage with a goal at 12:24, then they iced the victory with a tally in the 86th minute.

The Cats registered six shots in the match, with then-freshmen Sierra Cristiano and Liz Bartlett garnering two apiece. Erin Nelson and Lisa Mireles had one shot each, and goalkeeper Shannon Monti collected five saves while playing the entire match.

ARIZONA'S LAST TIME OUT: Behind another 10-save performance from senior goalkeeper Shannon Monti, the Wildcats forced Washington State to come from behind for a 3-1 win in Pullman last Sunday.

After even play through most of the first half, Arizona gained the upper hand at 40:37 when freshman forward Vanesha Bailey, who ended up playing all three field positions during the match, converted a rebound from fellow freshman Candice Wilks' shot. The Wildcats carried that 1-0 lead into the break and continued to hold the Cougars scoreless through the first five minutes of the second half.

Turning on the pressure, Washington State pulled off all three of its goals in a nine-minute span early in the second half. The Cougars out-shot Arizona, 26-7, for the game.

Wilks notched three of the Wildcats' shots, including two on-goal. Bailey, freshman forward Cassie Daniels, junior midfielder Tymarie Novak and senior forward Kristi Loro?a had one shot apiece, with Bailey and Daniels nailing their shots on-goal. Monti's 10 saves marked her third double-digit-save performance of the season.

ARIZONA HEAD COACH CATHY KLEIN: Second-year head coach Cathy Klein (SUNY-Cortland, 1987) holds a 8-24-3 mark at the helm of the Arizona program. She has a Division I career record of 65-65-4 over six years and is 87-118-9 in 11 years as a head coach.

Klein was named as the Wildcats' new head coach in January, 2000. She came to the UA after a five-year stint building a new women's soccer program at Iowa State. In four varsity seasons with the Cyclones, Klein garnered a 43-37-1 mark. Before Iowa State, Klein was head coach at Creighton and Division III schools Earlham College and Utica College.

THE REST OF THE STAFF: In her second season at the UA, Melissa Estrada (Creighton, 1995) followed Cathy Klein from Iowa State, where Estrada was part of Klein's coaching staff for four years. She assists with recruiting and works with the field players.

Assistant coach Casey Mann (Grand View College, 1997) is in his first season with the Wildcats. His primary responsibility at the UA is coaching the goalkeepers. His wife, Tawnya Mann, is also lending a hand as a volunteer assistant.

LOOKING AHEAD: The Wildcats remain at home next weekend to close the 2001 season against rival Arizona State on Friday, Nov. 9, at 7 p.m. at Murphey Stadium.

PRACTICE SCHEDULE: All daily practices during the regular season, until Nov. 8, will be held from 2:30-4:30 p.m. The team will have weight-lifting sessions each Tuesday and Wednesday immediately after practice until 5:45 p.m., therefore no post-practice interviews on these days will be allowed until the strength training is completed.

Media are encouraged to attend all practices but are not permitted to converse with coaches or players during practice. Media can interview coaches and players after practice only. No pre-practice interviews will be permitted. All practices and games are conducted at Murphey Soccer Stadium, located at 15th Street and Plumer Ave.

THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME: Murphey Stadium has been very good to the Wildcats this year, as they have garnered a perfect 5-0-1 mark there so far this season. The Cats have out-scored opponents, 22-6, in home games this year, including a whopping 13-3 edge during second-half play. They have out-shot opponents, 132-82, and have a solid 0.95 goals-against average in home games.

RECORD WATCH: With 12 school records already tied or broken this season, Arizona is on-pace to break at least four more. The Cats are only two assists from the school single-season record of 20, and they are just three goals away from that record as well (30). They are also only five points from the season record of 77 and three corner kicks from that record (75).

SCORING IN BUNCHES: Freshman forward Candice Wilks has seven goals on the season, but she notched them all in only four games. She ran off three goals against Southern Utah on Sept. 7, dented the net twice against UNLV on Sept. 23, then had one goal each against Oregon (Oct. 19) and Oregon State (Oct. 21).

CONSISTENT CONTRIBUTOR: Freshman midfielder Vanesha Bailey has scored or assisted at least one goal in eight of the season's 15 matches.

RANKED OPPONENTS: Six of the 18 opponents on Arizona's schedule this year are either nationally ranked or are receiving votes for ranking.

In the NSCAA Coaches Poll, Stanford is No. 2, UCLA is No. 5, Nebraska is No. 11, Washington is No. 16, Pepperdine is No. 21 and California is No. 23. USC received votes for ranking.

The Soccer America Top 20 has Stanford at No. 4, UCLA at No. 6, Nebraska at No. 14 and Washington at No. 15.

In the SoccerBuzz.com national rankings, Stanford stands at #2, followed by #6 UCLA, #13 Nebraska, #19 Washington and #20 Pepperdine. California and USC also received votes for ranking.

NOTING THE PAC-10: Stanford is the last team remaining undefeated in the Pac-10, with a perfect 5-0-0 conference mark. UCLA, Washington and USC are all tied for second, with 4-1-0 league records. California and Washington State follow at 2-3 in Pac-10 play.

UCLA, Stanford, California and Washington are all nationally ranked again this week.

ON LOCATION: The Wildcats are 5-0-1 at home this season, 0-9-0 on the road and 0-0-0 in neutral games. Last year, Arizona garnered a 2-5-0 mark at home, was 1-8-1 on the road and was 0-0-1 in neutral matches.

TWICE IS NICE: Traditionally, the Cats have fared rather well when scoring two or more goals in a match. They have scored two or more in seven of the season's 15 games and have a 5-1-1 mark when doing so. Over the eight years of Wildcat soccer, the UA has a 33-18-2 record when scoring two goals or more.

CLOSE BUT...: The outcome of four of the Wildcats' 15 games this season have been decided by one goal or less. In the eight-year history of the Arizona soccer program, 59 matches have been decided by that one-goal-or-less differential.

CAT SCRATCHES: Arizona has a 5-0 record this year when holding the opponent to one or fewer goals... The Cats are also 3-0 when scoring three or more goals... Freshman forward Cassie Daniels has four assists already this year, only two away from tying the school single-season record in that category.

MONTI'S MUSINGS: Each week throughout the 2001 season, senior goalkeeper Shannon Monti will be sharing her thoughts with fans via the official UA athletics web site, www.arizcats.com.

WILKS NAMED PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK (Oct. 22): Freshman forward Candice Wilks was named the Pac-10 Women's Soccer Player of the Week for Oct. 16-22.

Wilks scored both game-winning goals and assisted another while leading the Wildcats to a sweep of the Oregon schools during the third weekend of October.

In the 2-1 win over the Ducks on Oct. 19, Wilks totaled a goal and an assist, netting the game-winner in the 65th minute. In the 2-1 overtime win over the Beavers Oct. 21, Wilks scored the game-winner just one minute into the overtime period, giving Arizona its first ever Pac-10 sweep.

This is Wilks' first career Pac-10 Player of the Week honor and Arizona's third women's soccer Player of the Week honor all-time.

WHAT A WEEKEND: With their 2-1 win over Oregon on Oct. 19, the Wildcats ended a six-game losing skid for the season and also brought to an end a 12-game winless streak in Pac-10 play. The victory also marked Arizona's first-ever win over the Ducks.

When the Cats beat Oregon State on Oct. 21, they logged their first-ever back-to-back Pac-10 victories and their first-ever Pac-10 sweep. They also set a new school record for corner kicks with 12 in the match.

NICE START: The Wildcats' 3-1-1 start to the season is the best record ever through the first five games of a season. The previous best was 3-2 during the 1995 and 1999 seasons.

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