Oct. 16, 2010
TEMPE, Ariz.--The Arizona soccer squad equalized in the second half of play against conference rival Arizona State, but was unable to come out with the win Friday night in the 2-1 loss.
The Wildcats fell behind in the first half of play when Arizona State's (8-3-2, 2-1-0 Pac-10) senior Alexandra Elston headed the ball into the net off freshman Holland Crook's corner kick.
In the first half of play, Arizona (4-8-2, 0-3-0 Pac-10) was outshot 7-2, with junior GK Ashley Jett grabbing six of the on-goal attempts.
Sophomore defender Kristyn Magyar hit her first career goal, and evened the score of the contest, late in the 66th minute when she headed the ball past Arizona State GK Alyssa Gillmore.
"Tonight's game was extremely close, and definitely could have gone either way," said head coach Lisa Oyen. "Ashley (Jett) had a huge game and made some really great saves tonight, as did ASU's Gillmore. It was really close the entire time. Kristyn Magyar's goal was probably one of the best goals I've ever seen, and she's done an amazing job for us this season. This game could have gone either way."
ASU's Elston scored their second goal of the night in the 75th minute, and Arizona had a chance to equalize late in the next minute when freshman Shannon Heinzler hammered off a shot that was deflected off the crossbar.
In the second half of play, the Wildcats took a 7-6 shot advantage over the Sun Devils, and also took a 3-2 lead on corner kicks.
"Both sides had their chances, and Arizona State just happened to do a better job with making things happen," Oyen added. "It was a hard fought match on both sides, and I give Arizona State a lot of credit. It was very chaotic, and both goalies made some great saves. Unfortunately we didn't get the result we wanted, but I know we didn't give up, and this continues to be a learning experience for us."
Next week, the Wildcats return to Murphey Field at Mulcahy Soccer Stadium to host the Bay Area duo of California and Stanford. Arizona will take on California on Friday, October 22 at 7 p.m., and Sunday the Wildcats will go head to head with Stanford at noon.