Aug. 26, 2011
TUCSON, Ariz. - University of Arizona Wildcat women's soccer battled through both rough weather and a highly physical South Carolina team, but ultimately fell to the Gamecocks 1-0 in the second overtime period Friday night on Murphey Field at Mulcahy Stadium.
Arizona (0-3-0) and South Carolina (2-1-0) were evenly matched after the first forty-five minutes, with three shot attempts per team. Sophomore Jazmin Ponce led the Cats with a pair of tries that went wide of the goals.
Lightening delayed the beginning of the second half, but once the weather cleared, both teams came out with the same intensity that they had in the first. The Wildcats added four more shot attempts, another from Ponce, two from sophomore Shannon Heinzler, and one from freshman Julia Glanz, while South Carolina added three.
"It's games like these that break your heart," head coach Lisa Oyen said. "We put out a great effort, but didn't get the result we hoped for. We told the team that they deserve to walk off this field feeling differently. Now, we just have to become better and use the tools we as a staff have given them to do so."
On the goalie side, senior Ashley Jett had one save on the night, as most of the Gamecocks' goal attempts either went wide or were blocked by Wildcat defenders. Jett's one goal against came at the beginning of the second overtime period, when South Carolina's Ali Whitney launched the ball from just in front of the visitor's bench, and it sailed into the back right corner of the net.
Up next, the Wildcats head to Provo, Utah, for the first of a three-game road series. Arizona will first face Brigham Young University on Monday, September 5 at 11 a.m. before partaking in the Sun Devil Desert Classic in Tempe on September 9 and 11.
For complete results from the event and continued coverage of Arizona Wildcat women's soccer, visit ArizonaWildcats.com.