Oct. 11, 2002
The University of Arizona women's soccer team fell to Arizona State, 3-1, in both teams' Pac-10 opener in Tempe on Friday night. The Wildcats slip to 5-5-1 overall and 0-1-0 in Pac-10 play, while ASU extends its win streak to seven matches and improves to 8-1-2 overall and 1-0-0 in league action.
Sun Devil Amy LePeilbet started off the scoring in the 18th minute with her second goal of the season, assisted by Stephanie Peel. Leading scorer Elizabeth Bogus sent ASU ahead, 2-0, at 31:39 with a five-yard shot set up by Haley Stein. Arizona took that 0-2 deficit into halftime.
In the 53rd minute, redshirt freshman forward Kelly Nelson (Lakewood, Calif./Mayfair HS) broke the shutout for Arizona with her own five-yard shot from the right side. Fellow freshman Lisa Kosena (Englewood, Colo./Cherry Creek HS) was credited with the assist, her fourth of the season. Arizona State capped the win just over a minute-and-a-half later, with a goal from Brittany Cooper.
Late in the game, the Wildcats looked like they had scored again off a corner kick, but the goal was disallowed. The ball was ruled to have crossed out-of-bounds before it was put into the net, as it hit the top of the crossbar before rebounding into the goal area.
Kelly Nelson's goal was her 10th of the season, giving her the highest single-season goal total for any individual player since 1999. She needs just one more goal to tie the school record for single-season goal scoring.
Arizona State out-shot the Wildcats, 17-8, and had an 11-5 advantage in shots on-goal. UA freshman forward Mallory Miller (Tucson, Ariz./Salpointe Catholic HS) had a team-high three shots, with two on-goal. Sophomore midfielder Candice Wilks (Altadena, Calif./LaSalle HS) registered two shots, both on-goal, and Lisa Kosena had a pair of shots as well. Kelly Nelson needed just the one shot to score. Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Natalie Juarez (Claremont, Calif. HS) played the entire match in-goal for Arizona, tallying seven saves.
"We had a goal called back, and the first goal of the game was a controversial call, but our players responded well to the adversity of the situation. We remained composed under adverse conditions. Kelly's goal was brilliant, and it says a lot to score on a team that had given up only one goal in the previous six games," said head coach Cathy Klein.
"It's an exciting moment when we know that, with a little bit of luck, we could've tied or won that game. ASU will be one of the top four teams in the Pac-10 this year, they are definitely one of the top 25 teams in the nation, and they are easily the best team we've played so far this season. Their staff told us after the game that we'll upset some teams in the Pac-10 this year, and that's the best compliment we could have received so far as a program."
The Wildcats return home next weekend to play UCLA on Friday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m., then they will face USC on Sunday, Oct. 20, at 1 p.m. Both matches will take place at Murphey Soccer Stadium, 15th Street and Plumer Avenue.
1 2 F Arizona 0 1 1 Arizona State 2 1 3
Shots: Arizona - 8; Arizona State - 17
Shots on Goal: Arizona - 5; Arizona State - 11
Corner Kicks: Arizona - 4; Arizona State - 4
Fouls: Arizona - 6; Arizona State - 10
GK Saves: Arizona - 8 (Juarez 7; Team 1); Arizona State 4 (Fitzgerald 4)
Records: Arizona 5-5-1, 0-1-0; Arizona State 8-1-2, 1-0-0