Sept. 11, 2009
TUCSON—The clock was ticking down to the final minutes of the game when junior Leila Amini passed to wide open sophomore Renae Cuellar who skirted a defender, sent the ball past Brown’s Brenna Hogue and into the net, tying the game at 1-1.
Cuellar scored both Wildcat goals in UA soccer’s first home victory. Her final goal came off an assist from senior Samantha Drees in the third remaining minute of the sudden death overtime. The Wildcats improve to a 2-3-1 record, while the Bears fall to 0-2.
Brown only goal was scored in the 33rd minute by Eliza Marshall, but the Wildcats were able to limit the Bears to only five shots toward the goal, compared to the Cats’ 20 shots. Of the eleven starters, six made attempts at scoring.
“We showed a lot of persistence and character tonight.” Said head coach Dan Tobias, “Brown definitely outplayed us in the first half, but we came out a lot stronger for the second. We had much higher energy, took great care of the ball, and created a lot of good chances. We kept pressing, and showed great composure in both of Renae’s goals.”
In game one of the evening, Rutgers’ four game win streak was snapped by the San Diego Toreros, 2-1. The Both Torero goals were scored in the 76th and 77th minutes of the game, the first by Natalie Vinti, assisted by Sierra Ferreria, and the second by Elissa Magracia, assisted by Hallie Houston.
On Sunday, day 2 of the Marriott University Park Tournament, Brown will take on San Diego at 11 a.m. and the Wildcats will take on Rutgers at 7 p.m.