Wildcat Soccer Edged by No. 23 California in Overtime, 2-1

Nov. 2, 2001

Tucson, Ariz. (Nov. 2) -- The Arizona women's soccer team (5-10-1, 2-5-0 Pac-10) took 23rd-ranked California (11-5-1, 3-3-0 Pac-10) into overtime before falling, 2-1, at home on Friday.

The majority of the first half was evenly played, but Arizona gained the advantage by scoring with just 31 seconds remaining in the period. In a press up-field, freshman midfielder Vanesha Bailey took the ball from a Cal player, then turned to make a strong run through traffic up the right side, taking a shot that was deflected by Cal goalkeeper Mallory Moser. Arizona's Liz Bartlett collected the rebound in front of the goal mouth and scored her fifth goal of the season in the 45th minute.

Both teams stepped up pressure in the second half, and the Wildcats had a number of opportunities early. In the 58th minute, Wildcat freshman Cassie Daniels took a solid shot that again forced Cal's goalkeeper into action, and less than two minutes later, fellow freshman Candice Wilks slipped a shot just over the crossbar.

Cal broke the shutout in the 61st minute, when Ashley Valenzuela sent a long serve over the Wildcat defense to Laura Schott, who scored from the right side about 10 yards out. The Golden Bears kept up the pressure, but the Wildcats dominated the remainder of regulation.

Arizona made several long runs to push up-field, trying to finish the game, and even had a header by Daniels blocked with just seconds remaining in regulation. The teams went into the overtime tied 1-1 on the scoreboard, and they were tied in shot attempts as well, 14-14.

Cal only took two shots in the overtime, but the second one proved fatal for the Cats. Valenzuela set up the final goal by pushing the ball forward up the left side, where Schott sent the winning goal over Arizona goalkeeper Shannon Monti in the 97th minute. Monti finished the game with seven saves.

In the midst of a season-ending three-game homestand, Arizona will face No. 2 Stanford on Sunday, Nov. 4, at 11 a.m. at Murphey Stadium. The Wildcats wrap up the 2001 season against rival Arizona State at home on Friday, Nov. 9, at 7 p.m.



        1   2   OT   FCal     0   1   1    2Arizona 1   0   0    1

Arizona - L. Bartlett (Bailey) 44:29
California - Schott (Valenzuela) 60:47
California - Schott (Valenzuela) 96:59

Shots: Arizona - 16, Cal - 16
Shots on Goal: Arizona - 9, Cal - 9
Corner Kicks: Arizona - 7, Cal - 6
Fouls: Arizona - 26, Cal - 16
GK Saves: Arizona - 7 (Monti 7), Cal - 8 (Moser 6, Team 2)
Attendance: 577
Records: Arizona 5-10-1, 2-5-0, Cal 11-5-1, 3-3-0)

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