Persistent Cats Prevail 2-1
Oct. 31, 2008
TUCSON- The Arizona women’s soccer team (9-8, 2-4) snapped a four-game losing streak by beating the Oregon State Beavers (6-8-2, 1-3-1) on senior night 2-1. In addition the Wildcats stopped a four-game home losing streak.
The Wildcats came out aggressive in the first few minutes registering three shots in the first 12 minutes of play.
“With it being senior night we knew we had to put our emotions aside and come out and play well,” senior forward LONDON KING said.
After the first 12 minutes, Arizona struggled in the first half by turning the ball over and allowing the Beavers time to create chances. The Beavers capitalized on an Arizona miscommunication allowing Brittany Sheffield to score from 18 yards giving the Beavers a 1-0 lead heading into halftime.
“In the locker room at halftime I told the team ‘it’s not like we haven’t been here before’” head coach Dan Tobias said after the game. “I told them we had to limit our mistakes, create more chances and things will take care of themselves.”
The halftime speech must have worked as the Wildcats came out and out shot the Beavers 7 to 3 in the second half. Late in the game, with the Wildcats still down by one goal; Tobias pulled freshman defender AMY STEINER and inserted junior forward Jaccquline Broussard. The gamble to add another attacker paid off for the Wildcats.
In the 75th minutes junior forward JASMINE NAMDAR scored her second goal of the season when she rebound the ball off the post and put it in the back of the net.
“It felt good to get the tying goal,” Namdar said. “Once we got that goal it gave us some confidence and a little extra push.”
Arizona scored five minutes later when Namdar crossed the ball from the left side to a streaking King who headed the ball past Oregon State’s goalkeeper Colleen Boyd to give the Wildcats a 2-1 advantage. With the goal, King is now tied with freshman RENAE CUELLAR and sophomore KARINA CAMACHO for most goals this season with five.
“I don’t think you could have scripted it better than having London score the game winning goal on senior night, “Tobias said. “I am very proud of her, the rest of the senior and the team. This was a game we needed to win.”
Redshirt junior Chelsea McIntyre, who was also honored before the game, had four saves giving her 91 for the season.
The Wildcats will return to the field Sunday Nov. 2, when the take on the Oregon Ducks at 12:00 p.m. at Murphy Field. The game was moved up an hour to accommodate Oregon’s flight plans.
- With the Arizona score in the 75th minute, the Wildcats snapped a 435:32 scoreless drought at home. The last goal the Wildcats scored was the game against Cal State Northridge on Sept. 21.
-Coach Dan Tobias is one win away from 100 wins in his career. His record at Arizona is 55-56-8, while is overall record is 99-99-14.