Tucson, Ariz. ?- The University of Arizona women’s soccer team (6-1-0, 0-0-0) dominated in-state rival Northern Arizona (2-3-1) on Friday to improve to 6-1 on the season.
The Wildcats were unable to score in the first 20 minutes of play despite a few chances early in the half. Senior forward Candice Wilks scored the first goal of the night, unassisted, at 22:03. She scored off of a rebound from a shot from freshman Nicole Scheid. The Wildcats had five corner kicks in the first half, but were unable to capitalize on those chances. The Wildcat defense limited the Lumberjacks to just two shots in the first half of play.
Arizona came out stronger in the second half. Junior Nikki David came into the game off of the bench and scored at 63:49. David’s goal came off of a combination in the middle from juniors Jennifer Klein and Mallory Miller that beat the Lumberjack defense. Less than a minute later, David scored her third goal of the season, and second of the night. She scored the goal off of a pass from Klein. The final goal of the evening came from freshman Sarah Litt. Litt entered the game on a substitution and immediately scored her first goal of the season at 75:30 off of a thru ball from Miller. The Arizona defense did not allow any shots on goal in the second half.
Freshman goalkeeper McCall Smith played all 90 minutes for the Wildcats and had two saves to record her fifth shutout of the season.
Head Coach Dan Tobias was pleased to see the Wildcats come out stronger in the second half.
“Tonight we got a great goal in the first half,” he said. “We didn’t play particularly well in the first half. I think it shows our growth that we were able to regroup and come out better in the second half. We definitely had better chances and we were able to put them away.”
Tobias was impressed by Northern Arizona’s intensity throughout the game.
“NAU is a tough team,” he said. “They are very strong defensively and physically. It was a 1-0 game for a while and those games are tough to play in.”
In the third home game of the season, the Wildcats welcomed a crowd of 771.
“It was another great crowd tonight,” Tobias said. “We appreciate the support. We like to make people have a reason to come out and watch us. We have two games on the road next week and then we will have a four game home stand in front of our fans.”
Arizona will next travel to Provo, Utah to take on Brigham Young University on Thursday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m.
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NAU 0 0 0
Arizona 1 3 4
Arizona ?- Candice Wilks
Arizona ?- Nikki David (Jennifer Klein; Mallory Miller)
Arizona ?- Nikki David (Jennifer Klein)
Arizona ?- Sarah Litt (Mallory Miller)