TUCSON, Ariz. ?- The University of Arizona women’s soccer team (4-1-2) finished the Four Points University Plaza Arizona Soccer Classic with a 1-1 tie against the University of New Mexico (2-2-3). The Cal State-Fullerton Titans (6-2-0) won both of their games over the weekend to take the tournament title.
The Wildcats and the Lobos battled back and forth through the beginning of the game. In the 36th minute, senior Mallory Miller placed a pass from freshman London King into the back of the net for her sixth goal of the season and the 1-0 Wildcat lead. The goal was the only first half goal to be scored in all four games of the tournament.
Arizona came out in the second half with a 1-0 lead and controlled the ball through most of the half. With less than seven minutes to go the Lobos were able to tie the game with a goal by Kellee Hafner off of an assist from Asha Richardson.
Arizona and New Mexico battled through two scoreless overtime periods to leave the game at a 1-1 tie. The Wildcats finished out the game with 14 shots, while the Lobos posted 10. Arizona goalkeeper sophomore McCall Smith made three saves and Lobo goalkeeper Kristen Winters made four.
Head Coach Dan Tobias watched from the stands as he received a red card in the Wildcats’ last contest against Utah.
“Our team was prepared,” Tobias said. “We got a goal off of a nice combination. New Mexico is just very organized and they always have numbers behind the ball. The longer you let them stay close, the more dangerous they are.”
In the first game of the day, Cal State-Fullerton defeated Utah, 4-0, for the tournament title. In addition to the title, the Titans swept the awards with most valuable offensive player going to Kandace Wilson and most valuable defensive player going to Marlene Sandoval.
The Wildcats will next head to Portland, Ore. to take on the Portland Pilots on Fri., Sept. 23 at 7 p.m.
Game Scoring Summary
Arizona ?- Mallory Miller (London King)
New Mexico ?- Kellee Hafner (Asha Richardson)
Tournament Champion ?- Cal State-Fullerton
Tournament Most Valuable Offensive Player ?- Kandace Wilson (Cal State-Fullerton)
Tournament Most Valuable Defensive Player ?- Marlene Sandoval (Cal State-Fullerton)