Arizona Soccer Edged by Stanford in Pac-10 Opener, 3-2

Oct. 10, 2003

Tucson, Ariz. (Oct. 10) - A hat trick from Stanford's Allyson Marquand proved to be the undoing of the Arizona women's soccer team as the Wildcats lost to the Cardinal, 3-2, at home in the Pac-10 opener for both squads on Friday night. The Cats are 4-6-1 overall and 0-1-0 in conference action, while Stanford improves to 6-5-1 overall and 1-0-0 in Pac-10 play.

The scoring started early as the Wildcats came out on fire. In the 10th minute, junior forward Candice Wilks had possession of the ball and was fouled near midfield, resulting in a 'play-on' call. She proceeded up-field for nearly 30 yards, dribbling through the Stanford defense to send the ball past Cardinal goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart on the right side.

Barely five minutes later, Stanford's Natalie Sanderson sent a serve from the right side into the Arizona box. A Wildcat defender headed the ball out, but Allyson Marquand was there to collect the ball and send a rocket into Arizona's goal.The Wildcats nearly gained the lead again with just 1:08 left in the first, when Wilks drilled a shot to the far post, forcing Barnhart to perform an acrobatic save to her left in order to stop the ball. The two teams were tied, 1-1, at the break.

Wilks struck early again for the Wildcats in the second half. Stanford defender Emilee Shim had possession of the ball near the Cardinal goal, when Wilks stripped her of the ball and zipped past Shim to score just in front of the goal mouth at 47:46.

Arizona's lead didn't last for long because Marquand answered again just 54 seconds later with her own carry through the Wildcat defense to score the equalizer. The Cats held the Cardinal off for another 16 minutes, then Marquand struck for her third goal of the match at 64:47 off an assist by Rachel Buehler.

Stanford out-shot the Wildcats, 18-7, for the game and had an 8-4 edge in shots on-goal. Wilks led the Cats with a trio of shots, all on-goal. Sophomore goalkeeper Natalie Juarez played the majority of minutes in-goal for Arizona, registering five saves. Arizona's two goals on the night marked the first time since the 1999 season that the Wildcats were able to score on the Cardinal defense.

In the midst of a three-game homestand, the Cats will take on No. 21 California on Sunday, Oct. 12, at 1 p.m. at Murphey Stadium (15th Street & Plumer Avenue).



            1   2   FStanford    1   2   3Arizona     1   1   2

Arizona - Candice Wilks (unassisted)
Stanford - Allyson Marquand (unassisted)
Arizona - Candice Wilks (unassisted)
Stanford - Allyson Marquand (unassisted)
Stanford - Allyson Marquand (Rachel Buehler)

Shots: Arizona - 7; Stanford - 18
Shots on Goal: Arizona - 4; Stanford - 7
Corner Kicks: Arizona - 7; Stanford - 0
Fouls: Arizona - 13; Stanford - 14
GK Saves: Arizona - 5 (Juarez 5, Werges 0); Stanford - 2 (Barnhart 3)
Attendance: 623
Records: Arizona 4-6-1, 0-1-0; Stanford 6-5-1, 1-0-0

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