Sept. 18, 2010
TUCSON--The Arizona women's soccer team drew their second tie of the season Friday night with a 1-1 tie with Central Florida at second game of the Cats Classic Presented by Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, at Murphey Field at Mulcahy Stadium.
"I've have some mixed feelings with tonight's result," Said head coach Lisa Oyen. "I'm definitely happy that we came back and tied it up, but we came out slow in the first half, and that gave us some problems. It took us a while to reorganize tonight and figure out what we had to do against this team. We responded well, but we had opportunities to finish in both regulation and overtime that we didn't capitalize on."
Freshman Ana Montoya hit the equalizer early in the 58th minute of play, thanks to a feed from the left corner of the field by sophomore Ariel Boulicault. She netted the ball deep into the left corner as Knight keeper Aline Reis attempted to deflect it out.
Arizona (2-3-2) freshmen combined for sixteen of Arizona's eighteen shots for the evening, Jazmin Ponce leading the way with six, Kenzie Akerfelds with five, Montoya with a pair, and Jensen Skinner, Gabrielle Lindeman, and Shannon Heinzler with one each. Of Arizona's eight shots on goal for the match, Montoya, Skinner, Ponce, Heinzler, and Akerfelds combined for seven.
In the 110 minutes of play, junior keeper Ashley Jet grabbed five saves, with one goal against.
"I give credit to Central Florida, they're a very good team and they tested us tonight." Oyen continued, "We're still learning, but we are starting to refine what we're all about. I'm pleased that a variety of players stepped up tonight, and that we know we have more than just one player who can put the ball in the net. We have this ability to fight back, but what I'd really like is to see us fight hard from first whistle, and not have to battle back."
The Cats will play in the final match of the Cats Classic on Sunday at 1pm against The Ohio State University. Central Florida will also return to Murphey Field when they take on Arizona State in the first game on the day at 10:30am.