Oct. 10, 2008
TEMPE - For the first time in its program's history, the Arizona women's soccer team defeated in-state rival Arizona State, 2-1, in double overtime to improve to 8-4 on the season. The Sun Devils dropped to 6-3-3. In addition to the first victory over the Sun Devils, the win marked the program's 100th victory.
"This is a big win for us," Head Coach Dan Tobias said. "We showed great persistence and poise. When we got down, we battled back and kept playing."
In the 29th minute, ASU's junior midfielder Carly Kallas scored the game's first goal when she headed the ball off a throw in. The Sun Devils went into halftime leading 1-0.
The game remained 1-0 until the 81st minute when senior forward LONDON KING received a cross from junior midfielder Jacqueline Broussard and put in the back of the net. For King, it was her fourth goal of the season and 16th in her career. The assist was the second of the season for Broussard.
"With about 15 minutes left, we knew we had to score. We pulled a defender and put in an attacker and it paid off," Tobias said.
The game remained notched at 1-1 for the remainder of regulation. In the first overtime, neither team was able to score a goal sending the game into the second overtime.
"That fact that this is the program's 100th victory and it came over ASU makes it that much more special," Tobias said.
Senior defender Savanah Levake, who grew up in the Tempe area, finally was able to one-up her hometown team.
"As a team, we knew we had to open conference play with a win," Levake said. "It's a huge win for us, especially for me being a senior."
After hitting the road for the last two weekends, the Wildcats return home to take on defending national champion USC next Friday, Oct. 17 at 7:00 p.m. and UCLA on Sunday, Oct. 19 at 1:00 p.m. Both games will be at Mulcahy Stadium.
The Wildcats were able to achieve many firsts with a win over in-state rival ASU. In addition to the programs 100th career and first over the Sun Devils, the Wildcats broke the programs record of most overtime wins in a season with three.