It’s been written before that UA women's soccer is coming off its best season in program history. It’s been written that head coach Tony Amato has talked about how his team can’t simply coast off last year’s accomplishments and that he’s trying to set last year’s success as the program standard. What has that looked like so far?
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Arizona’s combination goal also shows the talent and soccer IQ of Arizona’s underclassmen. UA relied on seniors for most of their offense, with Cali Crisler, Gabi Stoian and Charlotte Brascia generating most of their offense. But no, it was two freshmen and a sophomore that carved up the Baylor defense.
Of course, University of Arizona’s women’s soccer won its of games last week in Tempe, but how did the rest of the Pac-12 fare this week?
The Arizona Wildcats soccer team seem to have found its stride. The ‘Cats beat the New Hampshire Wildcats 2-0 on Sunday afternoon in UA’s second leg of the Sun Devil Desert Classic in Tempe. Jada Talley (5’) and Emily Knous (29’) scored for Arizona.
The Arizona Wildcats, fresh off their 6-0 thrashing of Houston Baptist University, are traveling to Tempe for match days four and five to participate in the Sun Devil Desert Classic. The ‘Cats will play Southeast Missouri State University and the University of New Hampshire while up north.
Arizona used HBU’s conservative approach to its advantage and played fast with the ball. The ‘Cats consistently sustained possession in their attacking third, but since HBU sat nine or 10 players behind the ball, UA struggled at first to combine and play through the defense.
Aguilera's game-clinching goal came in the 71st minute of the game on a well-executed play by the 'Cats.
The ‘Cats were flying around the field from the first whistle. In the first few moments of the match, the ‘Cats had several good scoring opportunities. They were putting pressure on the ball in their attacking third and in the middle third of the pitch, which was creating turnovers. UA was also finding players in space and committing players forward on the counter attack.
The Arizona Wildcats soccer team dropped their season opener 1-0 to Albany, as the Great Danes eventually scored the game-winning goal in the 70th minute at Mulcahy Stadium. The ‘Cats lost despite out shooting the Great Danes 17-5.
“You look at that class and they stepped up and did a really good job," Amato said. "Jada was buzzing, Cliffy (Hannah Clifford) was buzzing, Porter was buzzing, and Sabs (Sabrina Enciso) was Sabs. So, I think there were a lot of good things there, and we just keep moving forward.”
The ‘Cats have the ability to continue their recent trend of success and cement their place on the national stage this year.
The ZonaZoo is also a great way for sports fans to get involved. Having a passion for Arizona athletics and the ZonaZoo is common among students, and the ZonaZoo is how students can act on their passion.
Dejah Mulipola drove in four runs and Taylor McQuillin threw five scoreless innings as Arizona softball secured the sweep of GCU on Sunday afternoon, winning 8-0. Sunday’s game was also senior day for Aleah Craighton, Robyn Porter and Ashleigh Hughes.
However, McQuillin doesn’t see herself as disabled, even though some people may choose to label her as such. That’s because she’s never known anything else, so seeing out of only one eye is normal to her. While growing up, McQuillin said she never had any trouble socially because of her eye.
McQuillin was the winning pitcher of record, giving up five hits, one earned run, walking two and striking out eight batters in her six innings of work. Freshman Ivy Davis hit a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the sixth to extend Arizona’s lead to eight and put the mercy rule in effect.
The full fire power of the Arizona Wildcats softball team was on display Saturday night, as the ‘Cats bested the Oregon State Beavers 6-2. The ‘Cats pitched well, hit well, played solid defense, and had good damage control in the win.
No. 13 Arizona softball took the season series against rival No. 8 ASU this weekend by winning two out of three games in Tempe. The Wildcats lost Friday's series opener but followed it up with back-to-back road wins, including a dramatic series-clinching win on Sunday that needed extra innings. Here is a game-by-game breakdown of the series.
The Arizona Wildcats softball team lost to UCLA 7-3 on Saturday night, losing their second consecutive series and their third of their last four. Arizona will look back on rallies that were thwarted, and an inability to score more than a single run in an inning.
Arizona softball pitcher Taylor McQuillin toed the rubber against UCLA Friday night and nearly threw a gem.
The University of Arizona honored former men’s basketball coach Lute Olson on April 12 with a statue of the coach standing outside the McKale Center, the arena in which Olson solidified his legacy as one of college basketball’s best coaches.