Tucson, Ariz. ?- The University of Arizona women’s soccer team (9-2-0, 0-0-0) broke the school record for wins in a single season this afternoon with a 1-0 victory over Colorado College (6-4-1). The shutout also gave freshman goalkeeper McCall Smith her seventh shutout of the season, which is a new single season school record.
The Wildcats once again played through a scoreless first half. The best opportunity for Arizona in the first half came off of a corner kick by freshman Kaity Heath. Senior Lindsey Peeples placed a header towards the goal off of Heath’s kick, but the ball went wide. The Wildcats stayed strong defensively in the first half and only allowed one shot. Offensively in the first half, Arizona had nine shots with three on goal.
Late in the second half, junior Jennifer Klein broke the scoreless tie with a goal off of a deflection from a defender. Klein placed her shot in the lower left corner to give the Wildcats the 1-0 lead. The Wildcats continued to play well defensively to limit the Tigers to two shots in the second half.
Head Coach Dan Tobias talked about the record-setting victory.
“We have to keep it in perspective,” he said. “Yes we accomplished it, but we have nine games left. We have been building ever since I got here and we are continuing to build. Not only is this team continuing to build but this program is continuing to build as well. This team is excited to open Pac-10 play at home and we are looking forward to seeing the great crowds that come and support our program.”
Tobias also discussed coming back on to the field after Friday’s 1-0 loss to No. 25 Pepperdine.
“What we emphasized was continuing to improve and learning to capitalize on our chances,” Tobias said. “We played well and got our chances, but we just didn’t convert on Friday. Pepperdine capitalized on their chances and that was the difference. We were pleased with our performance, but not the result. Heading in to today we weren’t concerned. We didn’t play our best today but we didn’t give up quality chances which is a positive.”
This was the final non-conference game for Arizona.
“Having 11 wins under our belt is certainly helpful,” Tobias explained. “We weren’t necessarily pleased with our play today but we got the win. We want to continue to get the results, but we must also become more performance driven and get the right results with the right performance. We’ve got some experience now and are in a good position for Pac-10 play.”
The Wildcats will open Pac-10 play at home on Friday, Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. against Washington State.
1 2 F
Colorado College 0 0 0
Arizona 0 1 1
Jennifer Klein at 71:33
Shots: Arizona ?- 17; CC - 3
Corner Kicks: Arizona ?- 9; CC ?- 2
Fouls: Arizona ?- 12; CC ?- 13
GK Saves: Arizona ?- 3 (Smith 3); CC ?-6 (Loseke4)
Records: Arizona 9-2-0, 0-0-0; CC 6-4-1, 0-0-0