Sept. 3, 2010
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.
"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.