September 7, 2007
Nevada vs. Arizona
September 7: Nevada (0-2) vs. Arizona (1-1), 6 p.m. PT
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Live Stats will not be available for Nevada’s game at Arizona on Friday. A box score and match recap will be posted on nevadawolfpack.com as soon as they become available.
Nevada will travel to Tucson, Ariz. for its first road match of the 2007 season versus Arizona on Friday. The Wolf Pack is looking to pick up its first win of the 2007 season and is also looking for its fourth win over a Pac-10 team in program history. The Pack scored one goal in its two matches over the weekend as Miranda Montejo scored on a penalty kick against Portland State. Of Nevada’s 24 shots in its first two games, nine were on goal. Samantha Miller led the Pack in shots over the weekend taking seven. Freshman goalkeeper Marie Cove started both of the Pack’s games over the weekend and will look to post her first career shutout this weekend.
MONTEJO MOVING UP
With her goal against Portland State, Miranda Montejo has recorded 38 career points and is just two points away from becoming the Pack’s all-time leader in points. Kaula Rowe (2000-03) currently holds the career record in points with 39. Montejo (15 career goals) is now also four goals away from becoming the Pack’s career leader in goals. Rowe also holds the top spot in the career goals category with 18 goals. Two other players, juniors Samantha Miller and Jessica Thompson are also closing in on career records. Thompson is second all-time in career assists (10) and needs just two assists to move into first all-time. Miller is fourth all-time in career assists (9) while Montejo is fifth (8). A complete list of Nevada’s career leaders can be found on page six of this release.
SCOUTING THE ARIZONA WILDCATS (Pac-10)
All-Time Series: This will be the first meeting between the two schools.
Last Meeting: This will be the first meeting between the two schools.
A Look at Arizona: The Wildcats are coming off a 1-1 weekend which included a 2-1 loss to Utah State and a 4-3 2OT win over Cal Poly. Arizona is led offensively by Jasmine Namdar and Savanah Levake who have each recorded one goal and one assist. Two goalkeepers have seen playing time for the Wildcats, Danielle Nicolai (105:50 min., 3 GA, 2.55 GAA, and 6 saves) and Devon Wharf (75:52 min., 2 GA, 2.37 GAA, and 0 saves). Arizona is coached by Dan Tobias who is in his fifth season with the Wildcats and holds a 41-36-7 record with Arizona.
NEVADA VERSUS PAC-10 TEAMS
Nevada is 3-4 all-time against Pac-10 teams. The Pack has recorded wins over Washington State (2005 and 2006) and Oregon (2006), while Nevada has fallen to Oregon (2001, 2005 and 2007) and Stanford (2006). The Pack has already faced one Pac-10 team this year, #19 Oregon, and will face two more, Arizona on Sept. 7 and Washington State on Sept. 23 in Las Vegas, Nev. at the Rebel Classic.
NEWS AND NOTES
Four freshmen made Nevada’s starting lineup over the weekend (goalkeeper Marie Cove, defenders Vanessa Mann and Erin Smith and midfielder Jill Erickson)...in addition freshman Cristen Drummond saw a significant amount of playing time off the bench...Nevada's game against #19 Oregon on Friday marked the second time in program history the Pack played a ranked team... the Pack faced #16/23 Stanford in the first round of the NCAA Tournament last November...two Pack players will be returning to their home state on Friday when the team takes on Arizona - defender Jessica Wilcox (Phoenix, Ariz.) and midfielder Blaine Dugan (Tempe, Ariz.)...prior to this past weekend, Nevada had not dropped back-to-back games since Sept. 15 and 17 of 2006...the Wolf Pack has not allowed a second-half goal this season.
LAST WEEK’S RESULTS (0-2)
Despite a strong second half, the University of Nevada soccer team couldn’t overcome an early goal by #19 Oregon as the Ducks edged the Wolf Pack 1-0 Friday night at Mackay Stadium. Oregon (1-0) scored the game’s lone goal in the 13th minute as Jessica Goodell tracked down a long ball in the corner and got a cross off which found Tiffany Smith who was making a back-post run. Smith was able to collect the cross and beat Pack keeper Marie Cove. Nevada’s (0-1) defense made two big plays at the end of the first half to keep the Ducks from increasing their lead. With four minutes left to go in the half, Oregon’s Allison Newton found herself one-on-one with Erin Smith. Smith was able to track back with Newton and deflect her shot. With just under two minutes remaining in the first half, Oregon took a corner kick that was punched out of the box by Cove. The Duck’s Dani Oster collected the loose ball 30 yards out and blasted a shot which was cleared off Nevada’s goal line by Karen Zmirak. After not recording a shot in the first half, the Wolf Pack rebounded to record six shots in the second and had several good looks. In the 48th minute, Nevada’s Samantha Miller hit a shot from 25-yards out that hit the cross bar. In the 54th minute Vanessa Mann took a free kick from 40 yards out. Her kick bounced around in the box before finding Miranda Montejo who had her shot from 15 yards out blocked by the Oregon defense. Oregon ended the game with seven shots to Nevada’s six. Miller took a game-high three shots for Nevada. Kenishia Warren took two while Montejo recorded one. Cove played the full 90 in goal for the Pack making two saves.
Portland State (Sunday)
Miranda Montejo’s penalty kick in the 81st minute brought Nevada to within a goal but the Pack couldn’t find the back of the net again as Portland State recorded a 2-1 win over Nevada Sunday afternoon at Mackay Stadium. The Vikings’ (1-1) Tarah Authier scored Portland State’s first goal in the 30th minute when she finished a cross from teammate Dolly Enneking. Frankie Ross increased the Vikings lead to 2-0 in the 36th minute when she scored an unassisted goal. The Wolf Pack recorded 18 shots in the game (nine on goal) while Portland State recorded five (four on goal). Samantha Miller took a game-high four shots including a blast in the 58th minute that went just over the crossbar. The Pack had a good look in the 4th minute when Miller got the ball played to her out wide on the right. She got a cross off that Kenishia Warren narrowly missed finishing on the back post. After a sluggish first half, Nevada played the majority of the second half in Portland State’s territory. In the 51st minute Vanessa Mann hit a free kick from 30 yards out that just went over the top of the goal. In the 79th minute, Jill Erickson played Warren in behind the Portland State defense but Viking keeper Cris Lewis was able to make the save. Montejo’s goal in the 81st minute came after Cristen Drummond was taken down in the box. Montejo’s attempt beat Lewis to the left but Portland State was able to post the 2-1 win. Nevada goalkeeper Marie Cove played the full game for the Pack and made two saves including coming off her line in the 27th minute to block Sarah Smart’s shot. Lewis made eight saves for the Vikings.
NEVADA IN THE WAC STATS
Samantha Miller is tied for second in shots (7) and ranks second in shots per game (3.50)...Miranda Montejo is tied for seventh in points (2)...Marie Cove is tied for fourth in goals against average (1.50) and is ninth in save percent (.517%).
GBYSL GAME-DAY INFORMATION
Due to a donation to the Nevada soccer program, all members of the Great Basin Youth Soccer League U-14 and younger, will get in free to all of Nevada’s home matches by showing a copy of their GBYSL membership card at the gate. Due to NCAA rules, high school players who play in the GBYSL are not eligible.
Nevada will return to Mackay Stadium on Sept. 14 and 16 hosting Sacramento State and San Francisco. The Pack will take on the Hornets on Friday at 7 p.m. and will face the Dons on Sunday at 1 p.m.