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Arizona Earns Seventh Consecutive Win over Arizona State

Nov 5, 2021

TUCSON, Ariz. -- The Arizona Wildcats (5-13-0, 2-9-0) finished the 2021 season with a 2-1 win over in-state rival Arizona State (10-8-2, 2-7-2). In a match that went into Arizona's second overtime of the season, the Cats clinched their seventh consecutive win over the Sun Devils. The season finale was won thanks to a brace by redshirt senior Jill Aguilera who, after her first goal, tied for first in program history in career goals scored (32), and after her second, broke that record (33). 

The Cats came out strong, scoring early in the first half and holding onto that lead late into the second. Arizona was able to match the Devils in shots, while keeper Hope Hisey was able to lead the match in saves with three.

Arizona State fought hard in the second half, scoring the equalizer in the 81st minute, however the Cats were still able to trump them offensively. Arizona pushed back with an incredible nine shots in the second half to compare to ASU's four. Of those nine, six were taken by Aguilera as she worked to earn herself a brace and the No. 1 spot in program history. The Cats were able to finish the match in the overtime to win their seventh consecutive match against the Devils and to finish the season.

Arizona Goals
12' Jill Aguilera
93' Jill Aguilera

Play of the match - Penalty Kick to Break the Record
In the third minute of overtime a handball was called against the Sun Devils, earning Arizona their third PK of the season. Redshirt senior Jill Aguilera, who had previously tied the program history record in goals scored (32) was set to take the shot. In a shot that easily found its way past the keeper, Aguilera scored her third brace of the year, ninth brace of her career, became the record holder for career goals (33), and won the Cats their seventh consecutive win over Arizona State. 

Players of the match - A Forward and a Keeper
The star of the night, Aguilera, contributed to nine of the 15 shots that were taken by the Wildcats. Of those nine shots four were on target. Her first goal of the match was off a free kick from just outside the 18. Her touch was sent over the head of the keeper and into the back of the net.  

Junior keeper Hope Hisey followed in Aguilera's footsteps, entering a few program records herself. Her three saves against the Sun Devils kept the in-state rival from dramatically increasing a lead in their favor. She finishes the 2021 season at the top of the Pac-12 with 102 saves, leading by 20. Her collective 102 saves on the season puts her in ninth place in program history for saves in a single season (102) and sixth place in career saves (228).

Brief Blurb with Becca
"It was a really competitive game. It made me nervous, I started to get chills and i was getting worried. There were a lot of different emotions throughout the game. I think its a pretty poetic way to finish, conceding to them and then being able to get the goal for Jill to go ahead and break the record. We are happy."

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