Arizona women's soccer squeezes out win against Oregon State to close out weekend
It was a windy day on Oct. 27 at Mulcahy Soccer Stadium where Arizona women's soccer beat Oregon State by a final score of 2-1. It was a closely contested game throughout the 90 minutes, with chances for both teams in the first half. In the second half, Arizona got back to their usual form of high-pressing football. Freshman sensation Hope Hisey had another great game playing in goal despite her error early.
In the 26th minute of play, Hisey allowed a free kick through her hands, which allowed Sydney Studer of Oregon State to pounce on the ball and pass it into the back of the net.
“It was an abnormally windy day,” said Head Coach Tony Amato. “It just makes some balls unpredictable. On their goal, it got up in the wind and Hope was there. She usually deals with that but the wind makes it come to you faster, harder, and it ended up going through her hands.”
The Wildcats were able to bounce back quickly, however. A long ball played in from the backline found the head of Brooke Wilson, who turned the ball into the path of Jada Talley. Talley sprinted past the last defender, and when she was one-on-one with the goalkeeper, she struck the ball with real pace across the face of the goal, where it bounced off the inside of the post and into the net.
“I just think Brookie and I connect well,” Talley said. “We just kind of made eye contact and she got me the ball and then I just hit the corner.”
Talley, who is becoming a prolific goal scorer, was able to find the back of the net once again in the 62nd minute. This time the cross came in from a free kick taken by Kelsey Cavarra. The ball eventually fell to the feet of Talley, who stroked the ball past the goalkeeper to give her goal number four in her last two games and the Wildcats the lead.
“I normally never go into the box,” Talley said. “But I said, ‘You know what, I’m gonna go in, we’ll tie it,' got the ball, it went into the net.”
After two great performances this weekend, the Wildcats will have to keep up their stellar play when they face California and Stanford next weekend.
“It’s always a challenge,” Amato said. “Thursday is gonna be really tough; Cal’s been winning a lot of games. But we put ourselves in a good place in terms of the momentum coming out of this weekend, so we feel good about it. It’s always a short week when you gotta now turn around and travel on Wednesday. But we feel good going into that game and that's our focus now.”
Catch Arizona women's soccer next when they travel to California to play the Golden Bears on Thursday, Oct. 31, and Stanford on Sunday, Nov. 3. Both games will be available to watch on Pac-12 Networks.
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