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No. 23 Arizona Soccer Earns Weekend Sweep with 3-0 Win
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: October 09, 2005
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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TUCSON, Ariz. ?- The 23rd-ranked University of Arizona women’s soccer team (7-3-2 overall, 2-0-0 Pac-10) defeated Oregon State (8-4-0 overall, 1-1-0 Pac-10) by a three goal margin to advance to 2-0 in the Pac-10.


In the first half, neither team had many opportunities as each team had four shots each. The Beavers were unable to place a shot on goal in the first half, while the Wildcats had two.


Early in the second half at 47:30, senior Mallory Miller passed the ball to junior Erin Bevacqua. Bevacqua placed the ball past Beaver goalkeeper Melissa Onstad for her first goal of the season and the 1-0 Wildcat lead. Freshman Gianna DeSavario scored at 66:12 off of another assist from Miller. In the 72nd minute, Miller scored her 14th goal of the season, assisted by DeSavario, to give Arizona the 3-0 victory.


Sophomore goalkeeper McCall Smith posted her fifth shutout of the season with five saves. Beaver goalkeeper Melissa Onstad had two saves.


In the weekend series with Oregon and Oregon State, Miller posted ten points (four goals, two assists) to contribute or score six of the seven Wildcat goals on the weekend. Additionally, Miller broke the previous record for career goals in the Wildcat soccer program on Friday and now has 27 career goals. With her 14th goal of the season against Oregon State, she also passed the record for most goals in a season with 14. Fellow senior Kelly Nelson previously held the record, with 13 goals scored in her freshman season (2002). Miller also has 71 career points, which is also a new program record.


Head Coach Dan Tobias discussed the opening weekend of Pac-10 play.


“I thought we did a good job today,” Tobias said. “Oregon State had the best chance early in the game. That turned out to be their best chance of the game.”


“We took better care of the ball in the second half and it resulted in some nice chances,” Tobias continued. “We had a great overall team effort today. This is a great way to open the Pac-10. The Pac-10 is always tough because every team is good. We feel like we found some consistency this weekend.”


The Wildcats will head to Washington for their first road games of the conference season. Arizona will first take on Washington on Oct. 14, followed by Washington State on Oct. 16.

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