Tucson, Ariz. – The University of Arizona Wildcats soccer team had their annual Red-Blue Scrimmage on Thursday at Mulcahy Stadium. Head coach Tony Amato split the entire squad in two teams and they competed in three 30-minute sessions. The blue team won 2-0 with goals from senior Julia Glanz and redshirt freshman Priscilla Pimienta.
“It was really good,” Amato said. “We divided up the team and wanted to look at some different formations, players in different places and it was a great walk-through exercise for us. It was sort of a dry-run going into Saturday. We had some questions going into it and some of those got answered. We’ll build off that and be ready for Saturday.”
In the first session, sophomore Paige Crouch crossed the ball in from the right wing and it sailed just over senior goalkeeper Gabby Kaufman’s reach. Glanz was in great position to head the ball into the corner to give the blue squad the lead.
The second goal for the blue squad came in the second session when Pimienta was inside the box on the left side, she faced the goal and chipped it over freshman goalkeeper Jackie Bollinger into the far side net.
The blue team tallied 13 shots with 10 of them being on target. They also won five corners and committed seven fouls. Freshmen goalkeepers Rachel Estopare and Sara Harelson for the blue team combined to save seven shots.
“I was impressed with the way the blue team played defensively that led to those goals,” Amato said. “They were really challenging first balls and picking up second balls and that led to their goals. That’s really important so I felt good about that.”
For the red squad, they fired 12 shots with seven of them being on target. They won one corner and only committed two fouls. Kaufman and Bollinger combined to save eight shots. Freshman Gabi Stoian squared the crossbar off a set piece from around five yards outside the right corner of the box. Stoain’s inswinger was out of Harelson’s reach but she was saved by the crossbar.
“I wouldn’t say it wasn’t their night,” Amato said. “They needed to make more plays, they needed to defend harder, to win the ball in better places and put the blue team under pressure and be dangerous. That’s something we will work on and get better at.”
On Saturday at 7 p.m. MST, the Wildcats will compete in an exhibition against the University of New Mexico Lobos. There is no fee to watch the game.
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