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Soccer Cruises Past Utah State, 3-0
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 09/02/2006
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SALT LAKE CITY ?- The University of Arizona women’s soccer team kicked off the Utah Fall Soccer Classic with a dominant 3-0 victory over Utah State on Friday evening at Ute Field on the campus of the University of Utah.

 

“It was a good way for us to start the tournament,” head coach Dan Tobias said after the game. “We played better tonight. It was nice to get some chances early in the game.”

 

Forwards London King and Jasmine Namdar led the Arizona offense, which put the heat on the Aggie defense throughout the contest.

 

King, a sophomore, put the Wildcats on the board early with her first goal of the season at the 1:47 mark of the first half. The goal was built up by a nicely played ball from Kaity Heath behind the Aggie defense, before King finished the ball in the right side of the net.

 

The Wildcat attack would strike again at the 16:04 mark. Arizona played the ball back to goal keeper Chelsea McIntyre, who then sent a long ball behind the back four of Utah State. DeSaverio gained control and found Namdar open, who placed the ball in the right side of the goal for a left-footed finish.

 

Minutes later, King would put away her second goal of the match and the Wildcats’ third of the half at the 24:45 mark. After getting the ball from freshman Macke Mutz, King blasted the ball from 10 yards out, striking the underside of the cross bar and deflecting into the goal.

 

The Wildcat offense was relentless throughout, out-shooting the Aggies 16-2 in the match, and earned an 8-2 advantage on corner kicks.

 

While pleased with the performance, Tobias said that his tam still has room for improvement, particularly in maintaining possession.

 

“We need to do a better job of surveying the field at times,” Tobias said. “We also need to make better and quicker decisions.”

 

Arizona will be in action again on Sunday afternoon when it takes on host Utah, a familiar opponent, at 1 p.m. MST.

 

The Wildcats and Utes squared off twice last year, with Arizona taking both matches by 1-0 margins. The 1-0 Wildcat victory last November in Salt Lake City advanced Arizona to its first Sweet 16 berth in the program’s history.

 

“Rich Manning (Utah head coach) is a good friend of mine,” Tobias said. “They are a very experienced team and it will be a great opportunity for us.”

 

The Utes, ranked No. 24 in the nation by Soccer Times, also play host to Washington State later this evening at 7:30 p.m. MST.

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