- $6 for general admission to see the Wildcats take on Pepperdine (up to $16 value)
The Scouting Report
The Wildcats aren’t just off to a good start this season—they’re off to the best start in school history. They’ve won their first five matches of 2015 by a combined score of 14–1, and they’ve out-shot opponents 88–30 in the process. Leading the charge of terror against rival defenses is midfielder Gabi Stoian, who posted one of the best seasons ever as a freshman in 2014. The Scottsdale native has already tallied 11 points and fired so many shots on goal that opposing net minders have started petitioning for uniforms made of bubble wrap. On September 13, Stoian and her teammates will defend their turf against Pepperdine—and try to keep their streak going—during the final match of the Arizona Cats Classic.
University of Arizona Wildcats
Over the years, the University of Arizona’s athletic teams have been linked together by one phrase: “bear down.” Now the official battle cry of the Wildcats, those were the dying words of an iconic student-athlete, John “Button” Salmon, who died in 1926 after a fatal car accident. Since then, the phrase has stood behind countless milestone moments, such as when Lute Olson, in 1983, became the 11th head coach of the Wildcats men’s basketball team, setting off a string of 25 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances—including a national title in 1997. Several other national titles belong to Arizona outside of the hardwood, including four from the men’s baseball team and eight from the women’s softball program. Every fall inside Arizona Stadium, the Wildcats football team rouses up to 56,000 fans with hard-hitting Pac-12 showdowns, by far the most popular event on campus behind the linguistics department’s weekly phonetics bee.