Oct. 6, 2002
TUCSON, Ariz. (Oct. 6) - The youth and inexperience of the University of Arizona women's soccer team continues to manifest itself in inconsistent play, as the Wildcats fell to Saint Louis, 5-1, in the championship game of the Arizona Tournament at home on Sunday. The Cats drop to 5-4-1 on the year, while Saint Louis extends its win streak to four and improves to 9-3-0.
The Billikens started scoring early, when UA freshman goalkeeper Amanda Martin (Franklin, Tenn. HS) caught a free kick but dropped it, and SLU's Christie Cigno collected the loose ball to dent the net at 9:06. Arizona fought back, and freshman forward Lisa Kosena (Englewood, Colo./Cherry Creek HS) tied the game in the 31st minute with her left-side goal that was set up by fellow freshman Traci Adler (Van Nuys, Calif./Notre Dame HS).
The tie didn't last long, as Saint Louis scored again in both the 33rd and 44th minutes to take a 3-1 advantage into the break. Just 51 seconds into the second half, the Billikens struck again, and they capped the win with a final goal at 71:22.
Saint Louis had only a 19-17 advantage in shots, but they led Arizona, 16-5, in shots on-goal. The Wildcats had several strong runs develop throughout the game, but they were able to gain only a few solid shots. Freshman forward Mallory Miller (Tucson, Ariz./Salpointe Catholic HS) had a team-high five shots, three on-goal, while senior midfielder Naomi Chu (Thousand Oaks, Calif./Westlake HS) came off the bench to contribute three shots.
Martin made four saves and gave up three goals for the Cats. Redshirt freshman keeper Natalie Juarez (Claremont, Calif. HS) entered the contest in the 44th minute, tallying seven saves and giving up two goals.
"Our inexperience in goal contributed to a few costly mistakes and created an adversity that our young players haven't learned how to handle yet," said head coach Cathy Klein. "Saint Louis had a great game plan today. They executed well and were brilliant in goal. Once we got two goals behind, it made it hard to score on a goalkeeper of [SLU player] Meghann Burke's quality."
Earlier in the day, Idaho State shutout Youngstown State, 4-0, to finish third in the tournament.
Arizona hits the road again next weekend to open Pac-10 play at Arizona State on Friday, Oct. 11, at 7 p.m. in Tempe.
1 2 F Saint Louis 3 2 5 Arizona 1 0 1
Saint Louis - Christie Cigno (Tressa Pecher) - 9:06
Arizona - Lisa Kosena (Traci Adler) - 30:01
Saint Louis - Anny Lucier (unassisted) - 32:33
Saint Louis - Jamie Perry (Jenny Kehl) - 43:09
Saint Louis - Jenny Kehl (unassisted) - 45:51
Saint Louis - Jamie Perry (Ellen Gerweck) - 71:22
Shots: Arizona - 17; Saint Louis - 19
Shots on Goal: Arizona - 5; Saint Louis - 16
Corner Kicks: Arizona - 6; Saint Louis - 1
Fouls: Arizona - 16; Saint Louis - 18
GK Saves: Arizona - 11 (Martin 4; Juarez 7); Saint Louis 4 (Burke 4)
Records: Arizona 5-4-1; Saint Louis 9-3-0