UA Soccer Falls to #21 California, 3-0

Oct. 12, 2003

Tucson, Ariz. (Oct. 12) - Playing its first nationally ranked opponent of the season, the University of Arizona women's soccer team (4-7-1, 0-2-0 Pac-10) was shutout by 21st-ranked California (6-3-3, 1-1-0 Pac-10), 3-0, at home on Sunday.

Kimberly Yokers put Cal on the board first in the 12th minute, off a cross by Nadia Al-Lami. Teammate Bri Wiles made the score 2-0 with less than three minutes left in the half.

Arizona wasn't without its chances in the first half -- the Wildcats out-shot the Golden Bears, 9-7, for the period. In the 17th minute, freshman midfielder Erin Bevacqua put pressure on a Cal defender and was able to steal the ball, but her point-blank shot just in front of the goal was stopped by Cal goalkeeper Anna Key, who finished the day with five saves.

Sophomore midfielder Mallory Miller had a pair of solid opportunities in the first half herself. In the 21st minute, her direct kick from 30 yards out was stifled by Key, and Miller's rocket launched from 40 yards out in the 32nd minute was stopped as well.

The Wildcats had two more legitimate chances early in the second half. Less than five minutes into the period, a header by freshman forward Lauren Winters was saved by Key. Sophomore midfielder Jennifer Klein had the Cats' final shot on-goal in the game, when her header at 59:47 was punched out by Key just before going into the goal. Arizona out-shot Cal, 6-5, in the second half.

California's Katie Ratican, who finished the day with a game-high four shots on-goal, iced the win for the Golden Bears in the 70th minute by dropping in a direct kick from the left side.

The Cats had a 15-12 advantage in shots for the game, but Cal had the 9-5 edge in shots on-goal. Miller, Winters and sophomore midfielder Lisa Kosena finished the match with three shots apiece for Arizona. Sophomore goalkeeper Natalie Juarez tallied five saves while playing all 90 minutes in-goal for the Cats.

Arizona wraps up a three-game homestand next weekend with a contest against rival Arizona State on Saturday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m. in Murphey Stadium (15th Street and Plumer Avenue).



               1   2   FCalifornia     2   1   3Arizona        0   0   0

California - Kimberly Yokers (Nadia Al-Lami) - 11:14
California - Bri Wiles (Dania Cabello) - 42:03
California - Katie Ratican (unassisted) - 69:10

Shots: Arizona - 15; California - 12
Shots on Goal: Arizona - 5; California - 9
Corner Kicks: Arizona - 1; California 4
Fouls: Arizona - 13; California - 21
GK Saves: Arizona - 6 (Juarez 5, Team 1); California - 5 (Key 5)
Attendance: 316
Records: Arizona 4-7-1, 0-2-0; California 6-3-3, 1-1-0

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