Wildcats Fall to No. 3 Bruins
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
TUCSON, Ariz. ?- The University of Arizona women’s soccer team lost to No. 3 UCLA, 1-0. The Wildcats and Bruins were even until the 68:53 mark when UCLA’s Danesha Adams scored on a counterattack. The two teams competed in a very fast and offensively charged contest tallying 38 shots total between the two teams.
“I thought our effort, attitude and performance were there,” said Head Coach Dan Tobias. “We did everything but score some goals tonight. Obviously UCLA is a very good team. Good teams make plays and it is a shame that we hit the post a couple of times. We were just unlucky. This is definitely a performance we can build on and a performance that we are going to build on.”
In the first half, the Bruins and Wildcats played to a 0-0 tie. UCLA spent most of the half on the attack on its way to posting 16 shots, five on goal. The Bruins best opportunity was on a shot by Adams when Chelsea McIntyre came out to challenge. Adams went by McIntyre and Kaity Heath was able to come in and clear the ball out to get the save. Late in the half, Arizona nearly missed getting the first goal on a shot by Christina Hughes. Hughes had her shot deflect off the post into the back of the goalkeeper. The ball settled just outside of the goal.
In the second half, Adams gave UCLA the lead with a shot from the top right of the box off a pass from Christina DiMartino. Arizona was able to hold the Bruins to 10 shots in the half. The Wildcats had a total of 12 shots, seven in the first half and five in the second half.
Defensively, Chelsea McIntyre had eight saves in net for the Wildcats. Valerie Henderson had seven saves for the Bruins.
“On Sunday, we need to finish our chances,” explained Tobias. “We need to not turn the ball over in the midfield third and get countered on. I felt like if we got the first goal in the game that we were going to win.”
Arizona, which fell to 8-7-1 overall and 1-3-1 in the Pac-10, will be in action again on Sunday afternoon when it closes its home slate at 1 p.m. against No. 21 Southern California.