Aug. 31, 2003
Tucson, Ariz. (Aug. 31) - Earning its first victory of the 2003 season, the University of Arizona women's soccer team shutout Kent State, 3-0, in the final game of the Four Points University Plaza Arizona Invitational at home on Sunday. The victory also marked head coach Dan Tobias' first win at the UA.
The Wildcats got on the scoreboard fairly early, when sophomore midfielder Courtney Moseley sent a corner kick into the box, near the goal mouth. Kent State goalkeeper Alicia Fernandez punched the ball out to the top of the box, but sophomore Lisa Kosena was there to collect the rebound and send a left-footed shot into the back of the net at 13:34. The Cats held a 1-0 lead at the break.
Arizona again capitalized on an offensive opportunity early in the second half. In the 50th minute, sophomore midfielder Mallory Miller served a ball from the right side to junior defender Lindsey Peeples at the top of the box. Peeples turned and slotted the ball to freshman midfielder Erin Bevacqua, whose shot just slipped past Kent State goalkeeper Shannon Lynn.
Junior forward Candice Wilks put the icing on the cake with her goal in the 70th minute, carrying through the KSU defense after taking a pass from sophomore midfielder Erin Clewett. Wilks' goal moves her up to fourth place on Arizona's all-time scoring list, with 25 career points off 10 goals and five assists.
The Wildcats out-shot Kent State, 19-6, for the match and had an 8-4 advantage in shots on-goal. Wilks finished with a game-high-tying four shots, including two on-goal. Sophomore midfielder Jennifer Klein also had four shots, while Kosena and Miller ended with three apiece. Junior goalkeeper Krystal Werges made four saves to earn her first shutout as a Wildcat.
"I thought we did a good job in possession of the ball. We created some high-percentage shots, and a few even hit the posts," said Tobias. "I'm happy we didn't go into the half tied 1-1. Krystal made some good saves to keep us on top, 1-0.
"We have a lot of positive things to lean on. We've got our first two games in the bag, and there are some positive things to move forward on and a few things to work on. Progress - that was the key."
In the first game of the afternoon, Iowa State slipped past Weber State, 1-0, to take the tournament title with two victories on the weekend. Cyclone Amy Flores was named the tournament Offensive Most Valuable Player, while Arizona's Lindsey Peeples was chosen the tournament Defensive Most Valuable Player.
The Wildcats hit the road next weekend to participate in the Nike Tiger Invitational in Columbia, Mo. On Friday, Sept. 5, the Cats will face Arkansas at 4:30 p.m. CDT. Arizona will take on host team Missouri on Sunday, Sept. 7, at 12 p.m. CDT.
1 2 F Kent State 0 0 0 Arizona 1 2 3
Shots: Arizona - 19; Kent State - 6
Shots on Goal: Arizona - 8; Kent State - 4
Corner Kicks: Arizona - 9; Kent State - 1
Fouls: Arizona - 9; Kent State - 6
GK Saves: Arizona - 4 (Werges 4); Kent State - 5 (Fernandez 1, Lynn 4)
Records: Arizona 1-1-0; Kent State 0-1-1