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Game 19: #23 Arizona (12-4-2, 6-3-1) vs. Arizona St. (8-8-1, 4-5-1) // Fri., Nov. 6 // 6 p.m. MST // Tucson, Ariz. // Mulcahy Stadium // Pac-12 Networks

Week 11 Recap: The Wildcats drew 3-3 with Colorado last Friday after Sheaffer Skadsen scored the equalizer in the 84th minute. Hannah Wong then scored her first goal of the season against Utah to give Arizona 1-0 victory.

Stoian in the Record Books: Sophomore attacker Gabi Stoian has 15 career assists, which is third on the Arizona all-time assist list. The sophomore’s eight assists this season is also tied with DeGracie for the second-most assists in one season. Stoian also has 53 career points (tied for the fourth most) and 19 career goals (fifth most).

DeGracie’s Dimes: Junior midfielder Jaden DeGracie is second on the Arizona all-time assist list with 18 career helpers after assisting Paige Crouch against Colorado. She is just one behind Wildcat legend Mallory Miller.

Ironwomen: Senior defender Sheaffer Skadsen has been a model of consistency on the pitch this season for the Wildcats. She has played in 1,651 of the 1,665 minutes this season and has played every minute of the last 17 matches. Fellow senior defenders Alexa Montgomery and Laura Pimienta are not far behind as they have played in 1,477 and 1,410 minutes respectively.

You Get a Goal! And You Get a Goal!: 15 Wildcats have scored a total of 32 goals this season. That the most players with at least one goal in a season in Arizona history.

Battle Tested: Six of Arizona’s 18 opponents have been ranked so far and the Wildcats hold a record of 3-2-1 against them. All in all, Arizona’s 18 opponents have a combined record of 148-106-27.

A Helping Hand: Of the 32 goals Arizona has scored this season, 27 of them have been assisted. 34 total team assists in first in the conference and Gabi Stoian’s eight assists are first.

Protecting the Cage: Arizona’s defense has been impressive all season in terms of allowing goals. The Wildcats allow an average of 1.08 goals per match, which equates to one goal every 83 minutes.

Not up in Here: The Wildcats have kept eight clean sheets so far this season. The seven clean sheets is the third-most in school history. The 2004 squad finished the season with a total of 12.

Newcomers Making an Impact: Four freshmen have scored a goal this season (Kennedy Kieneker, Chelle Mahoney, Erica Stephan and Jessica Nelson). Last year’s team only had two freshmen score a goal.

No Longer a Secret: The regular attendance at Mulcahy Stadium this season is something that hasn’t been seen before in a long time. The average attendance for the 2015 season is 865 through nine matches. Four of the top 14 crowds in school history have occurred this season, with three of them in the top four.

You can Count on Them: Defenders Sheaffer Skadsen and Alexa Montgomery have been staples in the Arizona starting XI this season. They are the only two Wildcats to start every single match this season.

Last Time Out: The Wildcats lost to ASU in a closely contested match last season. Aly Moon scored the only goal of the match to defeat Arizona 1-0. There are still 11 Wildcats on the current roster that played in that match.

Keys to Victory: There have been some trends this season that have been key to Arizona’s success this season. The Wildcats are 10-1 when scoring first, 7-1-1 when scoring more than one goal, 8-1-1 when outshooting the opponent, 7-1 when the opponent takes less than 10 shots, 6-0 when leading at halftime, and 8-1-2 when coming off of a win.

Wong Pitches In: Hannah Wong has eight career assists, which is the ninth-most in UA history.

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