The Arizona soccer program doesn’t have quite the rich tradition like many of the UA athletic department programs.
There’s not an abundance of postseason berths to reference, or a variety of Wildcats with great post-Arizona careers.
The program, established in 1994, has made only three NCAA tournament appearances in its history and has finished in the top five in the Pac-12 only twice. As a team, the Cats have had zero players selected as All-Americans.
In 2011, the Wildcats finished with a record 1-16-2.
It’s not all bad though.
For one, with coach Tony Amato in the fold and entering his third year as coach, it’s a program on the rise. This past season, the Wildcats made the tournament and won a first-round game for the first time since 2005.
Gabi Stoian, a freshman in 2014, has the looks of someone who might break more than a few records by the time her Wildcats career is over, and her first year was good enough to get her into the soccer team’s all-time top 10 list.
Plus, Arizona once had Mallory Miller.
Miller was a high school star locally, at Salpointe Catholic, where she led the Lancers to a 91-9-2 record and two state championships, came to Arizona and quickly became one of the best athletes on campus, and her career accomplishments made her an easy pick to top this list of the soccer program’s all-time best talent.
“For the UA and the impact she’s had on this program, not just this year, but in her whole time here, I think it’s worked out great,” then-coach Dan Tobias told the Star in 2005.
Well, just look at the record books.
Miller has the UA record for goals scored in a season (19) by six goals and the most goals in a career (32) by seven. She’s also the all-time season and career assists, points and game-winning goals leader, and also comes in second place for career shots.
She had two hat tricks in her career on top of that, and, perhaps most impressively, was the Pac-10 Player of the Year in 2005 and a two-time all-conference first-team selection.
And this is all from someone that, initially, didn’t even want to stay at home for college.
“I kind of always had Arizona as my last resort,” Miller told the Star in 1995. She also considered UTEP and Air Force out of high school. “But as my options unfolded, they became my top choice. I just gave it a shot. I’m really glad I stayed here.”
Here’s a look at the list:
10 Gianna DeSaverio, forward
Years at UA: 2005-06
- 2006 all-conference first team
9 Inger Airheart,
Years at UA: 1997-2000
- 1997 all-conference first team
- Third all-time at UA in career saves
Years at UA: 2014-present
- 2014 all-conference second team
- Second-most single-season goals (13) in UA history
- A freshman, she has the 10th most career goals
- Third-most single-season assists
- Second-most single-season points
- Eighth-most career points
Years at UA: 1995-96
- Two-time all-conference second-team selection (1995, 1996)
- Arizona’s first-ever all-conference selection
- Fifth-most career goals in UA history
Years at UA: 2004-05
- Co-single-season saves leader for UA (128)
- Fifth-most career saves
- Single-season (0.52) and career (0.84) goals against average leader
- Most and second-most single season shutouts
- Most career shutouts
- Led Pac-10 in saves in 2004 and 2005
5Nikki Jones, forward
Years at UA: 1995-98
- Second-most career goals
- Sixth-most single-season goals
- Second-most career assists
- Two career hat tricks
- Second-most career points
- Second-most single-game points
4 Kelly Nelson,
Years at UA: 2002-05
- 2002 all-conference second-team selection
- Single-game goal scoring (five) and points (10) record
- Second-most single-season goals (13)
- Ninth in career goals
- Led Pac-12 in goals scored in 2002
Years at UA: 2010-13
- One of only two two-time all-conference first-team selections (2012, 2013)
- UA career leader in shots
- Single-game (12) and season (92) shots record
- Third-most career goals
- Fourth-most career points
- Second-most career and season game-winning goals
2 Candice Wilks,
Years at UA: 2002-04
- One of only two two-time all-conference first-team selections (2003, 2004)
- Third-most UA career goals, assists and points
- Second-most career game-winning goals
- Holds three of the best single-season goal-scoring totals in UA history
1 Mallory Miller,
Years at UA: 2002-05
- Erin Bevacqua (2003-06)
- London King (2005-08)
- Katy Heath (2004-07)
- Renae Cuellar (2008-11)