Sept. 11, 2011
TUCSON, Ariz. - University of Arizona Wildcat women's soccer team ended a streak of ten-straight shutouts with a pair of goals in Sunday's 4-2 loss to Oklahoma in the Cats' final match of the Sun Devil Desert Classic, hosted by Arizona State.
Oklahoma (4-4-0) jumped out to an early lead with a pair of goals in the second and 39th minutes, but the Wildcats were able to get on the board before the end of the half when, in the 45th minute, freshman midfielder LeeAndra Smith took a feed from junior defender Alex Smithto net Arizona's first goal of the season, and the first of her career.
"Having our first two goals this season come from freshman was really positive for us," head coach Lisa Oyensaid. "We had a variety of players come in and have the chance to play more minutes, and they all took advantage of that and really made an impact."
Arizona (0-6-0) scored its second goal of the day in the final minute of the match, when freshman forward Brie DeFelice got around the Oklahoma defense to score from fellow freshman Julia Glanz' pass from midfield. Along with the assist, Glanz finished off the day with a team-high three shot attempts, two on goal.
"For LeeAndra Smith and Brie DeFeliceto score their first goals is huge," Oyen added. "I'm extremely proud of their work ethic and their patience, and I am happy to see that we have a variety of players that we can depend on from this freshman class."
In the second half, the Wildcats were able to outshoot the Sooners 8-6, and on the day both sides were even on corner kicks with five apiece.
Up next, the Wildcats return to Murphey Field at Mulcahy Stadium for its last weekend before the Pac-12 Conference slate, hosting the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort Cats Classic. Joining the Wildcats are Arizona State, Pacific, and Texas Tech. On Friday, September 16, the Wildcats will face off against Pacific at 7:30 p.m. after ASU faces Texas Tech at 5 p.m. On Sunday, Arizona will take on Texas Tech at 1:30 p.m. after the match against Arizona State and Pacific at 11 a.m.
For complete results from the event and continued coverage of Arizona Wildcat women's soccer, visit ArizonaWildcats.com.