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Miller Leads No. 23 Wildcats in Pac-10 Opener
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 10/08/2005
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TUCSON, Ariz. ?- The 23rd-ranked University of Arizona women’s soccer team (6-3-2 overall, 1-0-0 Pac-10) handed Oregon (8-2-1 overall, 0-1-0 Pac-10) its second loss of the season, 4-2.

                       

Senior Mallory Miller opened the scoring in the fifth minute off a rebound from a shot taken by fellow senior Kamaya Damwijk. Miller put the Wildcats up by two scores at 17:15 off of a pass from midfield from freshman Brianna Caceres.

 

Oregon’s Katie Abrahamson scored her second goal of the season in the 55th minute to cut the Wildcat lead to one. Miller scored her third goal of the night on a penalty kick to bring the Arizona lead back to two.

 

In the 68th minute, Duck goalkeeper Jessie Chatfield collided with Wildcat senior Kelly Nelson. Chatfield was treated for several minutes before play resumed. Less than 10 seconds after play continued, Nelson received a pass from freshman London King and then beat the defender and the goalkeeper for the 4-1 Wildcat lead.

 

At 74:36, Oregon’s Nicole Garbin shot the ball directly at Wildcat goalkeeper McCall Smith. Smith mishandled the ball, allowing Garbin’s shot to reach the back of the net and cutting the Wildcat lead to 4-2.

 

The game was physical as there was a total of 31 fouls and two yellow cards going to Arizona’s Kaity Heath and Mallory Miller.

 

Head Coach Dan Tobias discussed the Wildcats’ Pac-10 opener.

 

“This is a good lesson for our team and especially our young players. Pac-10 play is very physical. We have to be prepared for that. No one is going to back down from anyone. I give a lot of credit to Tara (Erickson) and her team. They are going to do some damage in the Pac-10.”

 

The three goals on the night marks the second hat trick of the season for Miller. Additionally, Miller broke the previous record for career goals in the Wildcat soccer program with 26. She has also tied the record for most goals in a season with 13. Fellow senior Kelly Nelson scored 13 goals in her freshman season (2002).

 

“It’s a great accomplishment for her,” Tobias explained. “You score goals by your team creating scoring chances. It’s a great team accomplishment as well.”

 

The Wildcats will next take on Oregon State on Sunday, Oct. 9. Kickoff is set for noon at Murphey Field at Lohse Stadium.

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