Tucson, Ariz. ?- The University of Arizona women’s soccer team (4-0-0, 0-0-0) continued its best start in the program’s history today with a 7-0 win over Fairleigh Dickinson. The win also made the Wildcats the Arizona Invitational Champions.
The Wildcats came out in the first half and wasted no time in getting the first goal as senior Kamaya Damwijk scored a goal off of an assist by freshman Kaity Heath eight minutes into the game. Senior Candice Wilks then scored just minutes later thanks to a pass by junior Mallory Miller. Later in the half, freshman Sally Thurner scored the third goal of the game off of a mishandle by the goalkeeper.
The Wildcats continued to dominate in the second half. Miller scored her first goal of the afternoon off of a pass by senior Vanesha Bailey. Junior Jennifer Klein, Bailey, and Miller all scored in the last 20 minutes of the game to give the Wildcats the 7-0 win over the Knights.
Freshman goalkeeper McCall Smith had one save on the afternoon and has yet to be scored on in her collegiate career. Smith has been the lone keeper behind a defense that has kept Arizona’s four opponents scoreless.
Senior Candice Wilks was named Offensive Most Valuable Player of the tournament, while freshman Kaity Heath was named Defensive Most Valuable Player of the tournament. The two honors in addition to the championship gave the Wildcats the sweep of the awards at the Arizona Invitational.
Head Coach Dan Tobias was pleased with the 7-0 win by the Wildcats.
“We definitely finished our chances today,” he said. “Every game we continue to make progress. We know that we are going to continue to face quality teams week after week. The experience that the young players are getting only helps us to build confidence.”
Overall, Tobias was pleased with the Wildcats’ performance throughout the tournament.
“I was nice for us as a program to win this tournament,” he said. “Today’s game was a championship game and that gave both teams a lot of motivation. We wanted to start out well at home in front of the fans and that was even more motivation for us.”
Arizona will next travel to Morgantown, W.Va. to take on West Virginia University on Fri., Sept. 10 at 7 p.m.
1 2 F
FDU 0 0 0
Arizona 3 4 7
Arizona ?- Kamaya Damwijk (Kaity Heath)
Arizona ?- Candice Wilks (Mallory Miller)
Arizona ?- Sally Thurner
Arizona ?- Mallory Miller (Vanesha Bailey)
Arizona ?- Jennifer Klein (Nicole Scheid)
Arizona ?- Vanesha Bailey (Shannon Kusmit)
Arizona ?- Mallory Miller (Courtney Moseley)
Shots: Arizona ?- 23; FDU - 4
Corner Kicks: Arizona ?- 4; FDU ?- 3
Fouls: Arizona ?- 6; Iowa State ?- 6
GK Saves: Arizona ?- 1 (Smith 1); FDU?- 9 (Maston 4, Traver 5)
Records: Arizona 4-0-0, 0-0-0; FDU 2-2-0, 0-0-0