Sept. 19, 2003
Tucson, Ariz. (Sept. 19) - An early goal was all the University of Arizona women's soccer team (3-3-0) needed to defeat Kentucky (2-4-1), 1-0, at home on Friday. Arizona is on a modest two-game win streak, winning back-to-back matches for the first time since early last season.
The UA got three shots off in the first six minutes of the match, but it was their fourth shot of the game that proved to be the deciding factor. Freshman midfielder Erin Bevacqua sent a shot into the box, deflecting it off a Kentucky defender and into the goal.
The rest of the contest became battle between two evenly matched teams. With 10 minutes left in the first half, Kentucky had a series of three straight shots that just missed the goal. Arizona too had its chance for another goal with less than a minute left in the period, when a shot by sophomore midfielder Courtney Moseley just skimmed over the crossbar.
Both teams stepped up pressure in the second half, and Arizona had a sequence with just over 15 minutes remaining that looked like it might result in an insurance goal. After sophomore forward Maggie MacCool was fouled hard on a breakaway, fellow sophomore Mallory Miller sent a long direct kick into the box, but it was cleared out.
Freshman forward Lauren Winters collected the loose ball and fired a shot that hit the crossbar and was tipped out by a UK defender. A corner kick ensued, which junior defender Lindsey Peeples headed toward the goal, only to see UK goalkeeper Anne Ogundele stop the shot.
Sophomore goalkeeper Natalie Juarez did her share to preserve the shutout, tallying three saves in addition to a number of punches and stops in the box that don't show on a stat sheet. Arizona finished with a 13-9 advantage in shots and a 5-3 lead in shots on-goal. Miller had a game-high-tying four shots, with two on-goal, while junior midfielder Vanesha Bailey had two shots.
"That was a tough match. Kentucky is a tough team - they are athletic, they have good team speed, and they don't give up," said first-year head coach Dan Tobias. "They are regularly in the NCAA tournament. Even though they lost a couple of games early this season, there are still a lot of games left, and I'm sure they'll be in the thick of things.
"We got an early goal, and I thought we could have had another one late in the first. That would've been very helpful. In the second half, Kentucky brought a lot of people forward and played tough, but we did a good job of staying with them."
The Wildcats remain home for another match this weekend, taking on San Francisco on Sunday, Sept. 21, at 1 p.m. at Murphey Stadium.
1 2 F Kentucky 0 0 0 Arizona 1 0 1
Arizona - Erin Bevacqua (unassisted) - 8:19
Shots: Arizona - 13; Kentucky - 9
Shots on Goal: Arizona - 5; Kentucky - 3
Corner Kicks: Arizona - 6; Kentucky - 2
Fouls: Arizona - 17; Kentucky - 18
GK Saves: Arizona - 3 (Juarez 3); Kentucky - 4 (Butler 2, Ogundele 2)
Records: Arizona 3-3-0; Kentucky 2-4-1