Arizona Sees Overtime for the First Time this Season but Concedes to Cal, 1-0
BERKELEY, Calif. -- The Arizona Wildcats (3-11-0, 0-7-0) saw their first overtime match against Cal (7-4-3, 3-3-1) but ultimately fell 1-0 on Thursday.
The first half of the match was a equal battle of both offense and defense as the teams worked to score an early lead. The Cats were able to take four shots with three of them being on goal. Freshman Maddy Koleno came the closest to putting Arizona on the board in the 11th minute when her powerful shot just barely found the Cal keeper. Junior keeper Hope Hisey was able to make two crucial saves in the first to send the Cats into the half with a score of 0-0.
The second half saw more aggressive action as the pair of teams tried to finish the match in regulation. Arizona found themselves with three additional shots, not matching up to Cal's eight, with one being on goal. Hisey added another save to her tally and Koleno was able to take another shot on goal. In the end, the match resulted in this season's first overtime period.
OT started off in Arizona's favor as they earned a free kick off a foul 45 seconds in. However, after one shot each the Bears were able to capitalize on an opportunity and end the match in the 95th minute.
In the end, the bears out shot the Cats 14-8 but the two tied SOG with four each. Offensively, Arizona's main shot takers of the afternoon were Junior Madison Goerlinger and freshman Maddy Koleno. Hope Hisey finished this match with 80 saves on the season, still leading the Pac-12 by 18.
The Arizona Wildcats head to Stanford this weekend to take on the No. 14 Cardinal. The pair will face off on Sunday, Oct. 24 at 12 p.m. MST.
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