Nov. 2, 2003
Tucson, Ariz. (Nov. 1) - Playing its final home match of the 2003 season, the University of Arizona women's soccer team fell to Oregon, 1-0, on Sunday afternoon. The Cats are 5-10-2 overall and 1-4-1 in Pac-10 play, while the Ducks go to 9-9-0 overall and 3-4-0 in conference action.
Although Oregon managed three shots in the first 11 minutes of the match, the Wildcats took over offensively midway through the first half. In the 16th minute, junior midfielder Vanesha Bailey carried the ball through the Duck defense and seemed to have a sure shot, until Oregon goalkeeper Domenique Lainez stopped the ball at Bailey's feet just eight yards from the goal.
The Cats kept working and had another great opportunity taken away from them in the 27th minute. Sophomore midfielder Lisa Kosena sent a corner kick from the right side to fellow sophomore Cassie Daniels, whose header was stopped just on the goal line by an Oregon defender. The contest was scoreless at the half.
Oregon wasted no time in the second half ending the shutout. In the 51st minute, Nicole Garbin and Erin Engelhardt put together a double-assist that set up the only goal of the match, scored by Andrea Valadez at 50:31.
The Wildcats made several forays into Duck territory during the remainder of the match but couldn't seem to achieve quality shots. Arizona had just four attempts in the second half, to Oregon's seven.
The Ducks finished the match with a12-9 advantage in shots, including a 7-4 lead in shots on-goal. For the Wildcats, freshman forward Lauren Winters logged a team-high three shots, with one on-goal, while Kosena and sophomore forward Kelly Nelson had two shots each. Earning her 14th start of the season, sophomore goalkeeper Natalie Juarez played all 90 minutes in-goal, logging six saves.
"We did a decent job getting chances -- we got the ball behind them several times, and we had good chances to score. We were just missing that final pass in the final third of the field," said first-year head coach Dan Tobias. "I thought we were in both games this weekend; we played hard and felt like we could have won them. We feel like we only gave up a couple of chances, but our opponents capitalized on them. We're looking forward to the trip to the Northwest to face two high-quality teams next weekend."
Arizona hits the road one last time, heading for Washington next weekend. The Wildcats play at Washington State on Friday, Nov. 7, at 2 p.m. PST, then the Cats close out the 2003 season at Washington on Sunday, Nov. 9, at 1 p.m. PST.
1 2 F Oregon 0 1 1 Arizona 0 0 0
Oregon - Andrea Valadez (N. Garbin/E. Engelhardt)
Shots: Arizona - 9; Oregon - 12
Shots on Goal: Arizona - 4; Oregon - 7
Corner Kicks: Arizona - 5; Oregon - 3
Fouls: Arizona - 10; Oregon - 9
GK Saves: Arizona - 6 (Juarez 6); Oregon - 4 (Lainez 3, Team 1)
Records: Arizona 5-10-2, 1-5-1; Oregon 9-9-0, 3-4-0