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Soccer heads to Midwest

By Staff & Wire Reports
Arizona Daily Wildcat
Friday September 27, 2002

Arizona soccer will try to end its two-game skid on the road as the team travels to Nashville, Tenn. and Kentucky for weekend games.

Arizona will have played five of its last six games on the road, after this weekend's games at Belmont University and the University of Kentucky öö two teams that UA has never faced before.

Belmont is 0-6-0 on the season and 0-1-0 in the Atlantic Sun Conference after losing 5-0 to Jacksonville on Sept. 22 at home.

Belmont's offense is nothing to be revered, considering it has only scored four goals this year. Freshman goaltender Ali Young has started all six games for the Bruins and has a 5.87 GAA.

Head coach Sterling Nabours is 11-36-0 in his three seasons with Belmont.

Kentucky (4-3-0) is a team that started in and is now back out of the national rankings after losing three of its last four games, counting last week's 2-1 loss to Southwestern Missouri State.

In his 11th season as head coach, Warren Lipka has compiled a record of 126-80-12 with the UK Wildcats.

Kentucky was scheduled to open play in the SEC today against Vanderbilt, but the game has been moved to Saturday due to weather.

Last Sunday in Tucson, the Wildcats were shut out 3-0 by San Diego and on Sept. 15, Arizona was also shut out by Oklahoma in Norman 2-0.

Next weekend Arizona is back home to play host to Idaho State, Saint Louis and Youngstown for the Arizona Tournament. Arizona plays Youngstown next Friday at 7:30 p.m.

The men's and women's Wildcat cross country teams will make the trek up north to Minneapolis this weekend for the Roy Griak Tournament.

Last year, the UA women finished third overall in the team standings, while the men were 16th.

"This is a big meet, traditionally. This year, about half of the nation's top teams will be there," head coach Li James said. "It will be a very competitive race on a nice course," James said. "This meet will give our athletes some unprecedented experience, especially for our younger athletes."

With two meets under their belts after this weekend, the Wildcats will have another open weekend before they travel up into rival territory for the ASU Invitational on Oct. 11 in Gilbert, Ariz.

The Arizona women's tennis team is in action this weekend at the Rice Invitational.

Head coach Vicky Maes said she is going to tweak her lineup a bit in order to maximize playing time.

"This way, each of them play 6 or 7 matches," Maes said.

Maes said this tournament will be a good start to a season that looks promising.

"Everyone went home over the summer and now they're strong, back in shape, and pretty confident," Maes said. "We're very excited for this upcoming season."

Maes' squad is coming off a 12-11 (4-4 Pac 10) season, and a trip to the second round of the NCAA Regional.

Arizona opens its regular season Jan. 24th at the Lanelle Robson Tennis Center against Marquette.


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