Sept. 1, 2002
Tucson, Ariz. (Sept. 1) - Logging its second straight shutout victory, the University of Arizona women's soccer team edged Cal Poly, 1-0, to take the title of the Wildcat Invitational at home on Sunday. This marks the first time in the program's history that the Cats have opened a season with two shutout wins, as they blanked Drake, 2-0, to kickoff the season on Friday night.
Cal Poly had a decided advantage in the shots category, out-shooting the Cats, 17-7, and the Mustangs had nine shots on-goal to Arizona's three. The barrage kept UA freshman goalkeeper Amanda Martin (Franklin, Tenn. HS) busy, as she registered nine saves en route to her second shutout. Martin is the first UA `keeper since 1999 to log more than one shutout in a season.
The first half was even, although Cal Poly had a 6-4 edge in shots, and the two teams played to a scoreless tie at the break. The Mustangs turned up the heat in the second half, however, and out-shot Arizona, 11-3, for the period. All the Wildcats really needed was the one shot that went in, a strike from the left side in the 69th minute by redshirt freshman Kelly Nelson (Lakewood, Calif./Mayfair HS), her first collegiate goal. True freshman Erin Clewett (Yorba Linda, Calif./Esperanza HS) set up the tally and was credited with her first collegiate assist.
Freshman Mallory Miller (Tucson, Ariz./Salpointe Catholic HS) and senior Naomi Chu (Thousand Oaks, Calif./Westlake HS) led the Cats with a team-high two shots each. Three other Wildcats had one shot apiece.
Arizona stands at 2-0-0 on the year, opening the season with back-to-back wins for the first time since 1997, while Cal Poly slips to 1-1-0 overall. In the first game of the day, Drake (0-1-1) and Detroit (0-1-1) tied for third place in the tournament by playing to a 1-1 overtime draw.
The Wildcats hit the road next weekend for the first time this season, playing at the Iowa State Cyclone Classic on Friday, Sept. 6, and Sunday, Sept. 8. The Cats will face Wisconsin on Friday at 2 p.m. CDT, then take on Northern Iowa on Sunday at 11 a.m. CDT. This begins a stretch that will see Arizona play five of its next six matches on the road.
1 2 F Cal Poly 0 0 0 Arizona 0 1 1
Shots: Arizona - 7; Cal Poly 17
Shots on Goal: Arizona - 3; Cal Poly 9
Corner Kicks: Arizona - 7; Cal Poly 9
Fouls: Arizona - 18; Cal Poly 12
GK Saves: Arizona - 9 (Amanda Martin 9); Cal Poly - 2 (Greta Shirdon 2)
Records: Arizona 2-0-0; Cal Poly 1-1-0