Oct. 23, 2010
TUCSON--The Arizona women's soccer team took the program's first win over California in a 1-0 overtime victory Friday night on Murphey Field at Mulcahy Stadium.
Freshman Shannon Heinzler hit the game winner, her first, after both teams went scoreless in regulation. With time ticking down in the first overtime period, Heinzler took a pass from Arizona (5-8-2, 1-3 Pac-10) senior Macke Mutz in the 99th, dribbled down midfield, and sent the ball flying past the California defenders. The ball slid right off Bear keeper Lauren Hein's hands and into the net for the Wildcat's fifth win of the season.
"It was fantastic to see Shannon make her first career goal tonight," head coach Lisa Oyen said of the freshman, "She was lucky. It was a risk, taking that shot, and it worked out for her, and us."
Along with her first goal of the season, Heinzler took another two shot attempts in the second half. One sailed wide left from a California (7-4-4, 2-3 Pac-10) defender's deflection, and the other hit the crossbar.
Freshman Ana Montoya led the Wildcat squad with five shot attempts for the night, two each in the first half and overtime, and one in the second. Freshman Jazmin Ponce and sophomore Alex Smith's combined four shot attempts, and freshman Jensen Skinner's singular try rounded out the Wildcats' thirteen shot-attempt total.
"This was a really good win for us tonight," said Oyen. "We've talked all season about having our best, most complete ninety minutes out there and this is definitely the most complete we've seen so far. It was really good to see the win tonight. It was a great overall effort and everyone made significant contributions.
Wildcat keeper Ashley Jett totaled eight saves in her second career shutout, including one in the middle of the 89th minute of action. Cal's Katie Suits headed the ball off a cross, and it was headed toward the back left corner of the net before Jett got her hands on it and punted it back to midfield.
"Another name we've heard good things from all season is Ashley Jett," Oyen said of the junior GK's performance. "She did a fantastic job in the net and her effort gives the girls a lot of confidence."
Arizona out-shot California 13-12 in nearly three periods. In the first forty-five, the Wildcats led 5-1 on shots before the Bears came back in the second half to outshoot Arizona 8-5. Arizona also led California on corner kicks with a 6-3 advantage.
"A variety of players made significant contributions for us tonight," Oyen added. "Alex Davis was great on defense and Jensen Skinner also did a great job. Also, having Alex Smith back in the lineup for us is a great boost. I could go on, but everyone contributed so much for us and it's great to see the result reflect that. I'll give it to Cal, they really pushed us tonight, exposed us, especially at the end of the game, but it was great to see the girls stick to the plan we set out. It was a good win off of a quality performance."
Arizona will return to Mulcahy Stadium on Sunday, October 24 to host No. 1 Stanford at noon.