Oct. 3, 2003
San Diego, Calif. (Oct. 3) - The University of Arizona women's soccer team suffered another heart-breakingly close loss, 2-1, at San Diego on Friday. The Wildcats are 4-5-1 after their only game of the weekend, while USD improved to 5-2-3.
Alexis Obeji put the Toreros on the board rather early in the match, when Brenna Mullen sent a corner kick to the back post in a perfect spot for Obeji to head the ball into the goal at 16:13. The Wildcats had their own chances in the first half, as junior forward Candice Wilks and sophomore forward Kelly Nelson both had one-on-one opportunities that they were unable to convert. Down 1-0 at the break, the Wildcats were also out-shot, 7-3, for the period.
Arizona stepped up pressure in the second half, but Mullen made the deficit 2-0 in the 58th minute by dropping in a free kick from 40 yards out. Five minutes later, the Wildcats broke the shutout. Sophomore midfielder Mallory Miller played a short corner kick to Kelly Nelson, who played the ball back to Miller for the strike at 62:14. The Cats out-shot USD, 6-2, in the second half, but they were unable to score again.
The two teams were equal in both shots for the game, 9-9, and shots on-goal, 4-4. Miller, Nelson and sophomore midfielder Jennifer Klein contributed two shots apiece for the Wildcats. UA goalkeepers Natalie Juarez and Krystal Werges split time in-goal, with Juarez making two saves.
"San Diego really dictated play in the first half; that's why they were up 1-0 at halftime," said first-year head coach Dan Tobias. "We were a different team in the second half. We committed more players forward, but their goalkeeper (Libby Bassett) had three tremendous saves in the second half. I am very happy with our performance in the second.
"This was one of those games where, if we'd had more time, I know we could've tied the game up and probably won in overtime. This is the fourth game in a row that we've had to play from behind, and it's difficult to do that against such good teams.
"Through these first 10 games of the season, we gained lots of experience to draw on. We're excited to get back home next weekend and open Pac-10 play."
Arizona returns to Tucson to open a three-game homestand next weekend. The Wildcats will face Stanford on Friday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m., then they will take on California on Sunday, Oct. 12, at 1 p.m. Both matches will be played at Murphey Stadium, located at 15th Street & Plumer Ave.
1 2 F San Diego 1 1 2 Arizona 0 1 1
Shots: Arizona - 9; San Diego - 9
Shots on Goal: Arizona - 4; San Diego - 4
Corner Kicks: Arizona - 5; San Diego - 4
Fouls: Arizona - 12; San Diego - 5
GK Saves: Arizona - 2 (Juarez 2, Werges 0); San Diego - 3 (Bassett 3)
Records: Arizona 4-5-1; San Diego 5-2-3