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Wildcats Drop Close Game at Utah, 2-1
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: September 04, 2006
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SALT LAKE CITY ?- The No. 17 Arizona women’s soccer team (2-2) narrowly lost to Utah (3-1), 2-1, on Sunday afternoon in the final game of the Utah Fall Soccer Classic at Ute Field.


The Utes jumped out to the early lead, netting the game’s first goal at the 20:13 mark of the first half. Kelly Isleib played a free kick from just inside the mid-field line, which the Wildcats could not clear cleanly. Melissa Wayman then controlled the ball and found the net from 30 yards out.


Arizona would notch the equalizer at the 29:06 mark, with a fortunate bounce off a Utah defender for an own goal. Macke Mutz played a long throw-in deep into the box, but the ball was misplayed by the Utes and deflected into the goal.


The game remained tied at one apiece until the second half, when the Utes added the game-winning goal. Chelsea Card was on the receiving end of a buildup from Whitney Dorsey and McKenzie Joyner, scoring from 10 yards out at the 61:07 mark.


The Wildcats continued to create a number of chances, but were unable to find the back of the net. Jasmine Namdar had the best chance to tie the game up, taking a penalty kick in the final 10 minutes, but her shot was saved by Utah goal keeper Ashley Mason.


Two other Wildcat opportunities were thwarted by Ute defenders who cleared the ball off the goal line.


“In the last 25 minutes, we created some outstanding chances,” head coach Dan Tobias said following the game. “We had a number of excellent opportunities inside the box, plus the free kick, which was on frame. We just couldn't put them away.”


Jacquelin Broussard, who was held out of Friday’s 3-0 victory over Utah State with a minor injury, came in and helped spark the Wildcats’ offensive attack, as they looked to tie the game up again.


“Jacquelin came in and created some outstanding chances for us,” Tobias said of the 5-7 freshman. “She could have easily had a couple of assist if we could have finished.”


The Utes out-shot the Wildcats 17-10 for the game. Arizona goal keeper Chelsea McIntyre turned away four Utah shots, while Mason secured six of Arizona’s attempts on goal.


Arizona will return to Tucson and open up its 2006 home schedule next weekend, as it hosts the Four Points Sheraton Cats Classic. Pacific, Hawaii and Gonzaga complete the four team field, with each team playing one game on Friday, September 8, and a second game on Sunday September 10.


“We’ve definitely taken our lumps in these first four games,” Tobias said of the team’s four-game road trip to begin the season. “But, I think it will really help us in the long run. It will be nice to get back and play at home next weekend and continue to get better each time out.”

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