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Wildcat women maul Cougars 2 - 1

Moga scores second of Wildcat career; Porter clinches winning tally

They hope it is not the last home match for the team, but Sunday's soccer match at Mulcahy Stadium closed the regular season schedule in Tucson for the University of Arizona Wildcats. The afternoon match ended with the local side victorious against Washington State, 2 - 1.

The first half ended with neither team able to score, but Arizona was clearly dominant. Forwards Hannah Clifford and Jill Aguilera combined for 7 shots, where as the entire Washington State side managed only three.

On the hour mark, Hannah Clifford took a shot from inside the goal box. Keeper Rachel Thompson went down to smother it, but it got loose from her hands. Brynn Moga took advantage and tapped it in.

It was only the junior's second goal of her career with the Wildcats. Her first was on Thursday against Washington.

Maegan O'Neill, a Washington State defender, scored one for her side eight minutes later after dribbling to the top of the box.

Amanda Porter was assigned the response for the Wildcats. Kennedy Kieneker delivered the ball to her 30 yards from the goal. It just took a quick look for Porter to blast it into the back of the Washington State goal.

Until Sunday, every home PAC-12 match ended in an overtime. As Washington State started pushing forward more often, it looked as though the pattern would be complete.

The Cougars were awarded a corner kick after an 86th minute lunge at the Wildcat goal. As they set up, a crowd of more than a dozen players choked the goal box. It was exactly the sort of situation that could give a late goal: the ball caroms off some unwitting player's ankle, maybe a shot gets taken that the keeper can't see.

Instead, the otherwise smart kick into the middle of the scrum saw itself interrupted as a pair of gloved hands rose out of the crowd like Viviane ready to deliver Excalibur. Goalkeeper Lainey Burdett came through again. For the remaining four minutes of the match, Washington State's players did not try to mount a serious attack on goal or even interfere with Arizona's possession of the ball. They were done and knew it.

Except for the possibility of hosting a playoff match, the Wildcats have played their last home game of the season. They still have three matches left. Thursday will be a trip to Corvalis to face Oregon State, then to Eugene for a match on Sunday. They close the season with a match against the Territorial Normal School up in Hayden's Ferry on Friday, November 2.

Siegele, Moga

Taryn Siegele was only on the field for 10 minutes, but was part of the play where Bryn Moga scored at the hour mark.

It wasn't the "winning" goal, but it set a tone for the second half that ended a good week for the team. The pair were still giddy after the match and insisted on being interviewed together.

"You go girl," said Moga, offering the chance for Siegele to talk.

"Hannah Clifford passed it to me. And I remember dribbling up the line," said Siegele. "I saw the defender coming, so I touched it past her."

"I saw Bryn and Cliffie making a good run," she continued. "I just hit it in and Cliffie almost got it."

"And there was a rebound and I just put my foot through it," Moga interrupted.

"She was good on the follow up." Siegele said.

Siegel got a quick hug from Moga. Siegel was one of four seniors honored before the match.

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Anyone except

You can apply the American football adage "Any team can win on any given Sunday" to PAC-12 soccer matches. There are some teams that are clearly above the rest (Stanford, for example, wrecked Colorado 7 - 0 this weekend), but even the top-tier sides have to grind out games towards soccer's traditional low scoring victories.

Well, you can say that about any team except Arizona's Thursday opponent, Oregon State.

They had to wait until September for their first win, a narrow overtime victory against Dartmouth. They have been shut out 12 times. Arizona's Jada Talley has seven goals this season. Oregon State has five. That's the whole team.

Still, they did manage to eke out a 2 - 1 win over Cal. That's a team that the U of A played to a frustrating 3 - 3 draw.

Any given Sunday. Or Thursday.

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Amanda Porter scored the winning goal in minute 72. The magenta haired Coloradan has scored two goals this season