TUCSON, Ariz. ?- The University of Arizona women’s soccer team won its second game in the Four Points Sheraton Cats Classic over Hawaii, 1-0, in overtime. The win gave the Wildcats the tournament title. Gianna DeSaverio scored Arizona’s only goal to win the game.
DeSaverio, a sophomore, scored at the 97:46 mark to give Arizona the sudden victory. The goal was her third of the season. Savanah Levake set up the goal with a pass to Laura Huylebroeck who then headed the ball to DeSaverio for a breakaway goal from ten yards away.
Throughout the game, Hawaii put a lot of pressure on the Wildcats defense. The Rainbows had 12 shots in the game with 11 of them were on goal. The Arizona defense was up to the challenge with Chelsea McIntyre earning her second straight shutout, her third this season, with 11 saves.
Head Coach Dan Tobias gave a lot of credit to play of the Hawaii players for the tough fought outcome.
“They (Hawaii) play hard the entire game,” said Tobias. “They don’t stop. I thought they did a great job, especially in the second half. “
Arizona had plenty of opportunities with 13 shots but it had trouble capitalizing. The Wildcats had only three shots that were on goal.
This is Arizona’s third tournament championship in the five years that the Wildcats have hosted the Four Points Sheraton Cats Classic. London King was the tournament’s most valuable offensive player while Pacific’s goalkeeper, Jaime Souza, was the most valuable defensive player.
Arizona, which improved to 4-2-0 on the season, will be in action again on Friday, Sept. 15 when it takes on Cal Poly at 7 p.m.
In the first game of the day, Pacific defeated Gonzaga 1-0.
Game Scoring Summary
Arizona ?- Gianna DeSaverio (Laura Huylebroeck, Savanah Levake)
Tournament Champion ?- Arizona
Tournament Most Valuable Offensive Player ?- London King (Arizona)
Tournament Most Valuable Defensive Player ?- Jaime Souza (Pacific)