Nov. 3, 2002
TUCSON, Ariz. (Nov. 3) - The University of Arizona women's soccer team fell to Washington State, 4-2, in the Wildcats' home finale on Sunday. The Wildcats are now 6-10-1 overall and 1-6-0 in Pac-10 play, while WSU goes to 10-5-2 overall and 4-1-2 in conference action.
The Cats created quite a few opportunities for themselves early in the game. Less than two minutes into the contest, senior midfielder Naomi Chu (Thousand Oaks, Calif./Westlake HS) sent a serve from the left side to sophomore Candice Wilks (Altadena, Calif./LaSalle HS) in the box, but it was just a little too hard, as WSU goalkeeper Sara Leibowitz was able to stop the ball before Wilks got a foot on it.
Freshman Jennifer Klein (Prescott, Ariz. HS) had the Cats' first shot of the match at 10:46, a long lob from about 20 yards out that went wide right. Five minutes later, fellow freshman Mallory Miller (Tucson, Ariz./Salpointe Catholic HS) also took a long shot from 25 yards away that went wide right as well.
In the 21st minute, Nicole Wilcox put the Cougars on the board first with a carry through the Wildcat defense that was set up by Shelby Brownfield. Arizona responded with its own goal nine minutes later, when redshirt freshman Courtney Moseley (Redondo Beach, Calif./Bishop Montgomery HS) curled a left-footed direct kick around the WSU wall and into the goal. The contest was tied 1-1 at the break.
Wildcat defender Lindsey Peeples (Arcadia, Calif. HS) began the second half with her header that went wide left at 49:47. The Cougars went ahead, 2-1, at 54:59 when Nicole Wilcox sent a long serve from the right to Jenna Wirtz, who scored off a header from about 10 yards on the left side.
Arizona answered with a nearly identical goal six minutes later. Wilks dropped in a serve from the right side to freshman Kelly Nelson (Lakewood, Calif./Mayfair HS), who sent her own header into the goal from about 10 yards out in the center. In the 68th minute, Nelson had another chance at the goal, but her header was stopped in time by Leibowitz. At 73:30, Washington State went ahead for good with a goal from Shelby Brownfield, then Alix Rustrum capped the win with a breakaway goal in the 88th minute
"This just marks another experience for us. We have to learn how to play through immense emotional and physical fatigue," said head coach Cathy Klein. "There have been games where the energy hasn't been there, but this wasn't one of them. This was just an extraordinarily mentally challenging game. We had our opportunities to get the lead and just didn't get it done. Washington State is one of the most-disciplined and well-organized teams we've faced all season, and they are a pleasure to watch play."
Arizona wraps up the 2002 season on the road in the Bay Area next weekend. The Wildcats play at California on Friday, Nov. 8, at 11:30 a.m. PST, then the Cats take on top-ranked Stanford on Sunday, Nov. 10, at 1 p.m. PST in Palo Alto.
1 2 F Washington St. 1 3 4 Arizona 1 1 2
WSU - Nicole Wilcox (Shelby Brownfield) - 20:06
Arizona - Courtney Moseley (unassisted) - 29:07
WSU - Jenna Wirtz (Nicole Wilcox) - 54:59
Arizona - Kelly Nelson (Candice Wilks) - 60:11
WSU - Shelby Brownfield (C. Spear / C. Anderson) - 73:30
WSU - Alix Rustrum (Nicole Wilcox) - 88:00
Shots: Arizona - 12; Washington State - 20
Shots on Goal: Arizona - 4; Washington State - 10
Corner Kicks: Arizona - 5; Washington State - 4
Fouls: Arizona - 16; Washington State - 20
GK Saves: Arizona - 6 (Juarez 6); Washington State - 2 (Leibowitz 2)
Records: Arizona 6-10-1, 1-6-0; Washington State 10-5-2, 4-1-2