Nov. 9, 2003
Seattle, Wash. (Nov. 9) - The University of Arizona women's soccer team ended its 2003 season with a 3-0 loss at 13th-ranked Washington on Sunday. The Wildcats finished the year with a 6-11-2 overall record and a 2-6-1 mark in Pac-10 play. UW is 11-6-3 overall and 4-4-1 in conference action.
The Wildcats logged three shots in the first 12 minutes of the match before Washington ever got off a shot of its own. Kim Taylor put the Huskies on the board first in the 37th minute off an assist from Tina Frimpong. Three minutes later, Arizona junior forward Candice Wilks slipped in behind the UW defense and launched a shot that forced Husky goalkeeper Lisa Brookens to make the first save of the game. Washington held a 1-0 lead at the half.
The Huskies made it 2-0 in the 50th minute, with a goal by Jaime Carstensen. Arizona had another solid scoring chance in the 64th minute, when junior midfielder Vanesha Bailey fired a shot that was punched out by UW's Brookens. Bailey collected the rebound, but her follow-up shot went wide. The Wildcats were able to launch just one more shot in the match, and Washington's Frimpong capped the victory with just 53 seconds left off an assist by Taylor.
UW out-shot Arizona, 14-9, for the game, but the teams were even in shots on-goal, 5-5. Bailey and sophomore midfielder Mallory Miller led the Wildcats with three shots each. Sophomore goalkeeper Natalie Juarez had two saves in-goal for the Cats.
"This was a relatively even game, especially in the first half. We gave up that first goal against the run of play, and I think that was the turning point for us. I felt like, if we'd gotten out of the half tied, we would have been in good shape," said first-year head coach Dan Tobias. "We came out decently in the second half, but we didn't perform well today at all. We were loose defensively and had trouble keeping possession of the ball.
"I'm proud of what we accomplished this season. We've accomplished some things that haven't been done before in this program's history."
The Wildcats equaled last year's win total and had the most Pac-10 wins since the 2001 season. The 33 goals scored by opponents this year was the best defensive effort by the Cats since the 1997 team set the school record with just 31 goals allowed. Arizona set a new school record with 125 corner kicks on the season, and the 2-6-1 conference record is the best Pac-10 mark in the history of the program.