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Wildcats fight to draw with Lumberjacks
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Release: 09/03/2010
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Sept. 3, 2010

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TUCSON--The Arizona soccer team tied it up late in the second half to force a 1-1 tie with Northern Arizona Friday night at Mulcahy Stadium. This is the second straight season where the Wildcats have tied with the Lumberjacks.

On the night, the Arizona (0-2-1) took a total of 19 shots, but the one that counted the most was taken by freshman Jensen Skinner in the 88th minute of play. She took a feed from Renae Cuellar at the right of the box and ran with it, sending it to the far left corner of the net.

"This was a learning experience for us, and we are still a very young team." Head coach Lisa Oyen said, "And Jensen's goal late in the game was a perfect example of what we are fighting for. We have to keep fighting until something happens, and not only was this a great impact for the team, but a great boost in her self confidence."

Arizona's first major chance at a goal came in the 11th minute, and another in the 31st. Both attempts were stalled by two of the 8 offside calls on the Wildcats.

Of Northern Arizona's (0-2-1) five shots on goal, junior goalkeeper Ashley Jett managed to snag fourbefore they could hit the net.

Freshman Jazmin Ponce led the Wildcats on shot attempts, taking four of 19, followed by Cuellar and freshmen Ana Montoya and Shannon Heinzler, with three apiece.

"Like I said to the group, this was a small step in the right direction for us." Oyen added, "But we need to take even bigger steps in order to get where we need to be. I love that we fought the entire time, and I know that we are a team that will keep fighting until the final whistle. The result is a little disappointing, but I'm proud of the comeback."

Up next, the Wildcats host Cal Poly on Sunday, September 5 at 7pm at Murphey Field at Mulcahy Stadium.

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