Nov. 7, 2003
Pullman, Wash. (Nov. 7) - Junior forward Candice Wilks came off the bench to score both Wildcat goals as the University of Arizona women's soccer team defeated Washington State, 2-1, in Pullman on Friday afternoon. The Cats are 6-10-2 on the year and 2-5-1 in Pac-10 play, while the Cougars dip to 6-10-2 overall and 2-4-2 in conference action.
Arizona has now equaled last year's win total and has amassed the most Pac-10 wins since the 2001 season. This also marks the first time in the program's history that the Cats have won two conference games on the road. The win was head coach Dan Tobias' first over his former club, as well.
After the two teams played scoreless through the first 37 minutes of the match, Candice Wilks took a pass from freshman forward Lauren Winters on the left side and put the Cats on the board at 37:32 with her seventh goal of the season. Arizona led 1-0 at the half.
Wilks, who missed both of last weekend's matches with a foot injury, gave the Wildcats the lead for good in the 62nd minute. She beat two Cougar defenders to a snag pass from sophomore defender Althea Jones and scored her career-high-tying eighth goal at 61:22.
Washington State ended the shutout just 12 minutes later, when Nicole Wilcox scored off the rebound of a shot by Alix Rustrum. Despite registering just six shots in the second half, the Wildcats held the Cougars off for Arizona's second Pac-10 win of the year.
WSU out-shot Arizona, 19-14, for the game and had a 10-5 advantage in shots on-goal. Wilks and sophomore forward Kelly Nelson tallied three shots apiece to lead Arizona, while sophomore midfielders Lisa Kosena and Mallory Miller had two shots each. Sophomore goalkeeper Natalie Juarez kept the Wildcats in the game with her season-high nine saves.
"Washington State is a good, tough team. They play tight defense and have good attacking players," said Tobias, who is in his first season at Arizona after spending five years at the helm of the Washington State program. "We talked at the half about not just hanging on and about being aggressive offensively, and that's what we did in the second half. WSU really put pressure on us in the last 15 minutes and had some good chances, but we got the win. A road win in the Pac-10 is always a good thing."
Arizona closes the 2003 season on Sunday, Nov. 9, with a match at 13th-ranked Washington at 1 p.m. PST.
1 2 F WSU 0 1 1 Arizona 1 1 2
Shots: Arizona - 14; WSU - 19
Shots on Goal: Arizona - 5; WSU - 10
Corner Kicks: Arizona - 6; WSU - 0
Fouls: Arizona - 12; WSU - 9
GK Saves: Arizona - 9 (Juarez 9); WSU - 3 (Leibowitz 3)
Records: Arizona 6-10-2, 2-5-1; WSU 6-10-2, 2-4-2