Tucson, Ariz. ?- The University of Arizona women’s soccer team (10-2-0, 1-0-0) started the Pac-10 season off on the right foot on Friday night against Washington State University (5-4-2, 0-1-0). The Wildcats came from behind to defeat the Cougars, 3-1.
After 41 minutes of scoreless play, the Cougars put the first score on the board with a goal from junior Alix Rustrum. The goal was her fifth of the season and came unassisted at 41:20. The Wildcats were able to tie the score just before the half with a goal from junior Jennifer Klein. Klein placed a ball in the back of the net off of assists from junior Althea Jones and senior Kamaya Damwijk. Freshman goalkeeper McCall Smith made two saves in the first period, while Washington State junior goalkeeper Katie Hultin had one.
Less than five minutes into the second half, the Wildcats took the lead with Damwijk placing her team-leading fifth goal of the season past Hultin at 49:09. Senior Candice Wilks added to the Wildcat lead at 62:07 off of a combination from juniors Jennifer Klein and Mallory Miller.
The win marks the first time in the program’s history that the team has opened the Pac-10 season with a victory. The win also ties the Wildcats for the most home victories in the program’s history with five.
Head Coach Dan Tobias discussed the goal that was scored early in the second half.
“One of the things we wanted to do coming out in the second half was to get an early goal,” he explained. “Kamaya came out and did what she’s been doing and she scored a few minutes in.”
Tobias described Washington State as a tough opponent.
“They are a good team,” he said. “They are well organized and they play very tight defensively. They are a team that is well coached and well disciplined.”
He was impressed with the Wildcats’ consistent play throughout the game.
“We did a good job the entire game,” he explained. “We gave up a goal but we responded and our response was to score. We knew we had plenty of time left. We did a good job on both sides of the ball and I think everybody contributed tonight. The win is a great way to start the Pac-10 season.”
The Wildcats will play in their second Pac-10 contest of the season on Sunday, Oct. 10 at 1 p.m. against No. 4 Washington. The match will take place at Murphey Stadium, located at 15th Street and Plumer Ave. Admission is free.
1 2 F
Washington State 1 0 1
Arizona 1 2 3
Washington State ?- Alix Rustrum
Arizona ?- Jennifer Klein (Althea Jones, Kamaya Damwijk)
Arizona ?- Kamaya Damwijk
Arizona ?- Candice Wilks (Mallory Miller, Jennifer Klein)
Shots: Arizona ?- 12; Washington State - 8
Corner Kicks: Arizona ?- 10; Washington State ?- 3
Fouls: Arizona ?- 6; Washington State ?- 3
GK Saves: Arizona ?- 3 (Smith 3); Washington State?- 2 (Hultin 2)Records: Arizona 10-2-0, 1-0-0; Washington State 5-4-2, 0-1-0