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TUCSON, Ariz. – The Tony Amato era of Arizona Soccer begins this weekend when the Wildcats heads to Florida this weekend to take on Florida International on Fri., Aug.23 at 4 p.m. in Miami, Fla. The Wildcats will also play at Florida Atlantic on Sun., Aug. 25 at 10 a.m. in Boca Raton, Fla.

Amato will embark on his debut season as Arizona women's soccer head coach in 2013. He was the head coach at Stephen F. Austin for three years and led the team to conference titles in 2011 and 2012.

The Ladyjacks made an NCAA appearance in 2012 and Amato was named Southland Conference Coach of the Year in both 2011 and 2012. He has a career record of 127-48-14 in his 10 seasons as a head coach.

Senior Jazmin Ponce will lead the Wildcat squad this year after finishing the 2012 season as a Pac-12 First-Team All-Conference performer, recording eight goals in 85 shot attempts. Ponce is a nominee for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award.

Also returning for the Wildcats is junior goalkeeper Gabby Kaufman. She recorded 108 saves with four shutouts in the 2012.

The Wildcats return to Tucson for their first home match against UC Riverside on Fri., Aug. 30 at Murphey Field at Mulcahy Stadium. Match time is set for 4:30 p.m. and admission is free for all fans.

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