Sept. 21, 2003
Tucson, Ariz. (Sept. 21) - Sophomore midfielder Mallory Miller notched a pair of goals in less than two minutes midway through the second half to give the University of Arizona women's soccer team (4-3-0) a 3-1 victory over San Francisco (3-5-0) at home on Sunday. The victory gives the Wildcats a three-game win streak, their longest win streak since the 1999 season.
San Francisco scored on its first shot of the game, when Cami Hernandez served the ball from the right side to Shuree Hyatt for a header just in front of the goal at 9:36. The Wildcats had eight more shots over the next 33 minutes, including one by sophomore Erin Clewett that was stopped on the goal line by a USF defender, but Arizona was unable to convert.
At 33:12, USF midfielder Annika Schmidt was issued a red card for fouling Mallory Miller, and the Dons were forced to finish the game a player short. Finally, in the 43rd minute, Arizona was able to knot the score, when sophomore midfielder Jen Klein dropped in a header off a corner kick by fellow sophomore Courtney Moseley. With just eight seconds left in the half, it looked like the Cats scored the game-winner, but the goal was disallowed as an off-sides.
The score remained tied through the first 15 minutes of the second half, then Mallory Miller collected a loose ball in the box and sent a high volley over USF goalkeeper Jennifer Orantes into the net at 61:05. Just over one minute later, sophomore forward Maggie MacCool was fouled hard in the box, and Miller converted the ensuing penalty kick at 62:17 for her second goal of the game.
Arizona finished the match with a 24-10 advantage in shots, including a 12-4 edge in shots on-goal. Miller had a game-high six shots, four on-goal, while MacCool and junior midfielder Vanesha Bailey had four shots each.
"San Francisco having to play 57 minutes without their top player is very difficult. They fought hard; they had two really good chances and just got unlucky. USF is a good team -- it's unfortunate that their best player got sent off," said first-year head coach Dan Tobias. "For us, this is a good step. To win both games of a home-stand, that's a good sign. The players are doing a great job. We created a lot of chances and actually ended up finishing the more difficult ones."
In the midst of a stretch that will see them play six of eight matches away from Tucson, the Wildcats head back out on the road next weekend for a pair of games in Missoula, Mont. Arizona plays at Montana on Friday, Sept. 26, at 5 p.m. MDT, then the Cats take on UNLV in Missoula on Saturday, Sept. 27, at 3 p.m. MDT.
1 2 F USF 0 0 0 Arizona 1 0 1
Shots: Arizona - 24; USF - 10
Shots on Goal: Arizona - 12; USF - 4
Corner Kicks: Arizona - 8; USF - 3
Fouls: Arizona - 15; USF - 11
GK Saves: Arizona - 3 (Juarez 3); USF - 9 (Orantes 8, team 1)
Records: Arizona 4-3-0; San Francisco 3-5-0