Sept. 21, 2008
TUCSON, Ariz. -- In the Wildcat's second straight overtime win this week, Arizona defeated Cal State Northridge 2-1 in double overtime.
In the thirty second minute, Northridge defender Michelle Moore connected with sophomore forward Farryn Townley to score the game's lead off goal.
Down 1-0, Arizona regrouped in their locker room where Head Coach Dan Tobias stressed the importance of opportunity.
Capitalizing on opportunity was Arizona freshman AMY STEINER. Four minutes into the second half, Steiner crossed the ball into the right side of the goal where senior forward BRIANNA CACERES delivered an assist to fellow senior forward LONDON KING. King proceeded to redirect the ball off of her leg and into the goal knotting the game at one goal apiece. "I was stoked about the goal," said King, "it was a team effort to get the job done."
"The early goal was key," said Tobias.
For the rest of regulation the only action was that of a skirmish between UA team captain SALLY THURNER and Northridge defender Nalina Betancourt. The quarrel resulted in two red card ejections and forced each team to play a man down.
At the end of regulation the score was tied, 1-1, and remained unchanged for the first of two overtimes.
In the second OT, junior goalkeeper Chelsea McIntyre came out of the net to defend the oncoming Matadors. After an impressive deflection by McIntyre, Northridge recovered by kicking in what looked to be the game winner. But covering McIntyre was sophomore midfielder KARINA CAMACHO who made an unattainable, undocumented save. "Whatever it takes," said the Tucson native.
"It was a little too exciting," added Tobias after the game.
Half way through the second overtime, McIntyre kicked the ball past all but one defender's head. Capitalizing on this opportunity was freshman forward RENAE CUELLAR. Cuellar took control of the ball and of the game by weaving past the lone defender and scoring her fifth goal in seven games.
"It feels great," said Cuellar, "we played with heart."
The Wildcats improved to 6-2-0 record and look to remain undefeated at home next Friday when they host Cal State Long Beach, 7 p.m. at Mulcahy Stadium.