Oct. 18, 2003
Tucson, Ariz. (Oct. 18) - The University of Arizona women's soccer team played 24th-ranked Arizona State to a 1-1 tie in double overtime at home on Saturday night, ending an eight-game losing skid to the Sun Devils. The Wildcats moved their record to 4-7-2 overall and 0-2-1 in Pac-10 play, while Arizona State went to 8-2-3 overall and 2-0-1 in the Pac-10.
The first half was a defensive battle -- the Cats out-shot the Sun Devils, 7-4, for the period, but they had only two shots on-goal. With nine minutes left in the first, sophomore forward Kelly Nelson sent a shot directly at ASU goalkeeper Kim Bingham for the easy save, but freshman Erin Bevacqua made Bingham work for a save in the 39th minute. The two squads were tied, 0-0, at the break.
Arizona came out firing in the second half, rattling off five shots in the first five minutes of the period. During that barrage, junior forward Candice Wilks had a point-blank shot saved in the 48th minute. Continuing to pound the ASU goal finally paid off for the Cats in the 63rd minute, when Wilks fired a shot that Bingham batted out. Wildcat freshman forward Lauren Winters was there to collect the rebound, and she scored her first collegiate goal from about 10 yards out at 62:27.
The Wildcats kept after it and had two more shots late in regulation that were saved just before going into the goal. Despite being out-shot, 13-5, in the second half, ASU tied the game with less than eight minutes left. Stephanie Ebner threw the ball in from the left side to Patrice Feulner in the box, who tapped it forward for Courtney Crane to score the equalizer at 82:21. The Cats never got off another shot in regulation, and a shot by ASU's Elizabeth Bogus in the 84th minute was stopped by Arizona goalkeeper Natalie Juarez.
Arizona State had three shots during the first overtime period while preventing the Wildcats from taking any shots. In the second overtime, Arizona had a 3-2 edge in shots, but the only one on-goal resulted in an easy save by ASU's Bingham.
Arizona finished the game with a 23-14 advantage in shots, including a 9-7 edge in shots on-goal. Wilks posted a game-high eight shots, with three on-goal, for the Wildcats, while sophomore midfielder Mallory Miller had three shots. Juarez finished the match with five saves in-goal for Arizona.
"I think that we performed well, and we held possession well. We were just missing that last pass. We had a lot of good chances to get that second goal, but we never did finish it," said first-year head coach Dan Tobias. "We felt the sting of that tie. We thought we had played well enough to win. ASU is a good team, and there's a reason why they are undefeated in the Pac-10. This will be a performance for us to grow on in the Pac-10."
The Wildcats also logged 10 corner kicks in the match, bringing their season total up to 101 and setting a new school record for single-season corner kicks. The Cats broke the old mark of 97, set by the 2002 squad.
Arizona hits the road again next weekend, playing at USC on Friday, Oct. 24, at 3 p.m., then taking on UCLA on Sunday, Oct. 26, at 1 p.m. PST, in Los Angeles.
1 2 OT1 OT2 F Arizona State 0 1 0 0 1 Arizona 0 1 0 0 1
Shots: Arizona -23; ASU - 14
Shots on Goal: Arizona - 9; ASU - 7
Corner Kicks: Arizona - 10; ASU - 1
Fouls: Arizona - 7; ASU - 9
GK Saves: Arizona - 6 (Juarez 5, Team 1); ASU - 8 (Bingham 7, Team 1)
Records: Arizona 4-7-2, 0-2-1; Arizona State 8-2-3, 2-0-1