Arizona Athletics Weekly Recap: 9/1-9/7


Arizona athletics enjoyed a very successful past week from all fall sport teams. Fans saw the football, soccer, and volleyball teams continue their seasons and also saw the men’s and women’s cross country teams get their season started on Saturday. Men’s Golf gets their season started today and the fall sport season will really be off and running, but for now, lets take a look at the past weeks athletic results.

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Cross Country

We will start with the most recent season opener and the men’s and women’s cross country teams. Arizona headed up north to Flagstaff to compete in the George Kyte Classic, hosted by Northern Arizona. Both squads finished second in this meet and the women had the meet winner. Arkansas State transfer Kristina Aubert won her first meet as a Wildcat finishing the 6,000 meter course in 14:36.3. She won the meet by over 30 seconds and looked really strong. The Wildcat women had three other runners finish in the top 10, with Kate Penney finishing fourth, Claire Green finishing sixth, and Stephanie Bulder finishing tenth.

As for the men, senior Sam Macaluso was top finisher for the Wildcats, on the 8,000 meter course, finishing fourth with a time of 23:02.3. The other Wildcats to finish were Kenji Bierig and Matthew Beer, who had ninth and tenth place finishes respectively. It was a good first meet for both the men and women and they will look to build off that for their next meet, on September 19th, when they host the Dave Murray Ivitational

Women’s Soccer

Women’s soccer traveled to Tempe this weekend, for two games, in the Sun Devil Classic. The Wildcats got things started Friday night against #6 Texas A&M and played them to a 2-2 draw. Arizona had two one goal leads at separate points this game, but were unable to keep the lead and had to settle for the draw. Things got started in the 38th minute when Gabriela Stoian put one into the back of the net to give the Wildcats the lead. Texas A&M answered in the 43 minute when Bianca Brinson tied it for the Aggies. Scoring was silent until the 84th minute when Arizona’s Hayley Estopare scored to give the Wildcats the late lead. A&M waited until just 33 seconds left, but they tied it up when Brinson put her second goal of the game into the back of the net. The two overtime periods went scoreless and the Wildcats came away with a draw against the number six team in the nation.

Up next was Oklahoma State on Sunday and the Wildcats did not play their best game against the Cowgirls, until the 84th minute when the floodgates opened up. The scoring opened up with a Cowgirl goal on a penalty kick from Allie Stephenson in the 58th minute and than scoring was silent until the 84th minute when Lexe Selman tied the game up at one. The Wildcats were not done though. Under two minutes later Gabriela Stoian scored to give the lead to the Wildcats and than four minutes later she scored again to make it a 3-1 game and a 3-1 win for the Wildcats. A very successful 1-0-1 weekend at the Sun Devil Classic.

Record this week: 1-0-1

Record this season: 3-1-1

Women’s Volleyball

After a successful 3-0 start to the season, on opening weekend, the Arizona volleyball team entered the rankings, at #23, this past week. The Wildcats hosted the first event in the newly renovated McKale Center when they welcomed Alabama State, Loyola-Chicago, and Cal State Northridge for the Arizona Invitational. Arizona dominated this tournament winning all three games without dropping a set. The defeated Alabama State in game one 3-0 (25-19, 25-9, 25-8), then beat Loyola-Chicago 3-0 (25-14, 25-15, 25-21), and concluded the weekend with a 3-0 (25-16, 25-21, 25-22) win over Cal State Northridge.

Reigning Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year, Madi Kingdon, continued her strong start to the season registering her third double double of the season while compiling a team high 53 kills. Penina Snuka missed the first game of the tournament with an ankle injury, but played in the final two and recorded her team leading fourth double double on the season.

Off to their best start since 2009, when they were 12-0, the Wildcats will head to Texas for the Texas Tournament September 12-13.

Record this week: 3-0

Record this season: 6-0


Sep 4, 2014; San Antonio, TX, USA; UTSA Roadrunners quarterback Tucker Carter (6) reacts after throwing an interception against the Arizona Wildcats during the second half at Alamodome. The Wildcats won 26-23. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

The Wildcats football team returned to the field for a Thursday night showdown, at the Alamodome, against the UTSA Roadrunners. It was not a pretty game and it was a very hard fought game, but the Wildcats improved to 2-0 on the season with a 26-23 win. The game started with an 85 yard touchdown pass from Anu Solomon to Cayleb Jones, but that was the last easy play of the game. It was a hard fought battle, but in the end the team with the better players did prevail. Ture freshman RB Nick Wilson finished the day with 174 yards and one touchdown on 30 carries, while Jones finished the day with 143 yards and that one touchdown on four receptions. On defense, safety Jared Tevis and LB Scooby Wright had themselves a ball game. Tevis had the game clinching interception to go along with his 16 tackles and Wright added another 11 tackles to go along with his one sack. The Wildcats will return to Tucson for a game with Nevada on Saturday September 13.

Record this season: 2-0

Arizona Athletics Record to Date (9/7): 11-1-1 (XC men and women with two 2nd place finishes)

Another undefeated week for Arizona athletics is in the books and the record now stands at 11-1-1 to start the fall sport season, with a second place finish by both the men’s and women’s cross country teams. This upcoming week features games from the football team, volleyball, soccer, and men’s golf.

Football will welcome the 2-0 Nevada Wolf Pack to Arizona Stadium on Saturday in the final non-conference game of the season. Women’s soccer will host the Arizona Cats Classic and will also welcome the Nevada Wolf Pack to Tucson this weekend. Women’s Volleyball will head to Texas and face the #3 Texas Longhorns, Florida A&M, and Central Florida. Men’s golf will also get their season started with a tournament in Westlake Village, California at the North Ranch Intercollegiate.

Be sure to check back next Monday for a full recap of the weeks athletic events.