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Arizona soccer pulls out a draw against UAB

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Nathanial Stenchever | The Daily Wildcat

The Arizona Soccer team stands on their sidelines before a game against the University of Alabama Birmingham on Sept. 4 at Mulcahy Stadium. The game would end in a 2-2 tie after 90 minutes of play.

The Arizona soccer team comes from behind to secure a draw against the University of Alabama at Birmingham late in the second half. The Wildcats were losing 2-0 at the half and didn’t tie up the game until the 72nd minute, showing absolute determination. 

Arizona demonstrated its competitiveness as it held onto hope. The UAB Blazers scored the first goal in the 16th minute off a cross that was deflected twice, eventually leading to a goal against Arizona. 

The Wildcats continued the pressure but couldn’t make anything happen out of it. The ball was sent in by a Blazer player to Carlyn Presley, who scored at the top of the box in the 35th minute, making the score 2-0. 

Arizona came out in the second half ready to go. The Wildcats started the attack leaving them with a few shots on goal. In the 73rd Jolie Maycumber launched a cross on goal hitting the crossbar, and the ball then flew from the crossbar right to Jordan Hall, making this Hall’s first collegiate goal. This goal sparked a fire in the Wildcat’s offense. Still down one goal, they decided they weren’t done yet. 

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Just 35 seconds after the goal, Arizona player Nyota Katembo passed the ball from the right side of the box. Having beat her defender, the Blazers resorted to taking Katembo down ensuing in a penalty kick inside the box. Madison Goerlinger decides to take it and scores, making the game 2-2. 

This was an epic comeback that resulted in a draw. Arizona continued to try to score another but was stopped by UAB's defensive line. 

“The team communicated that they wanted to change the formation at half because they were used to a 4-3-3 formation so that’s what we did," head coach Becca  Moros said. "If we lose this game, we are already losing, so at this point, there is nothing to lose so we came out with confidence and went after it.” 

The momentum switched at the half which is what led Arizona to score two goals not even a minute apart. Arizona plays at home this upcoming week on Sunday against Pepperdine University. 


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