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Arizona Earns their First Pac-12 Victory of the Season

Oct 28, 2021

TUCSON, Ariz. -- The Arizona Wildcats (4-12-0, 1-8-0) won their first Pac-12 conference match of the season against Utah (6-9-3, 1-6-2) on Thursday night. The 1-0 finish came courtesy of redshirt senior Jill Aguilera in the 14th minute. From there on out the Cats and Utes were neck and neck both defensively and offensively with the match resulting in a 10-7 shot ratio in favor of the Utes. Keeper Hope Hisey, who earned her first shutout of the season, trumped the Utes in saves, earning herself seven more on the season. 

Arizona Goals
14' Jill Aguilera

Play of the match - Sneaky Stunner
The first 13 minutes of match play saw a collective five shots, with two being on goal. It was a relatively strong start for both teams, but neither could capitalize on the opportunities. In the 14th minute, sophomore Megan Chelf took a shot that was deflected away by the Ute keeper. The ball was sent right into the lap of redshirt senior Jill Aguilera. The Utah keeper was still picking herself up from the Chelf deflection as Aguilera snuck the ball in. This goal signified the game-winner as well as Aguilera's 31st career goal. She is now one goal away from tying for first place in career goals in program history and two away from setting a new program record. 

Player of the match 
Junior keeper Hope Hisey has had a powerful season thus far, leading the Pac-12 in saves (97) for eight consecutive weeks. After her performance against the Utes, she is leading by 23, her largest yet. Her performance against Utah also marked her first shutout of the season. After picking up an additional seven saves, she was able to keep the Utes from putting themselves on the board. Almost all of her saves in the night were Utah upsets as she spoiled multiple close attempts at equalizing the match. 

Brief Blurb with Becca
Head Coach Becca Moros
On Thursday night's win...

"It's huge, It's been a monkey on our backs for a while. We have played well in games, fought evenly in a lot of games, and thought we could have come away with some wins but we just haven't. The consistency of our play has gotten so much better since the beginning of the year and we've been watching that repeatedly. As we have gotten better, the opposition has consistently gotten better and that has kept us from turning a corner. But I think tonight helps our spirits as far as turning a corner and knowing that we can play this style and we can beat people in this style of play." 

Up Next 
The Cats will return to Mulcahy on Sunday Oct. 31 to take on the Colorado Buffs. The pair will face off at 12 p.m. MST. Prior to kickoff, five Arizona seniors will be recognized for their time and accomplishments during their years at Arizona. 

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