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Posted Oct 26, 2012, 6:37 pm
The Arizona Wildcats lost their penultimate home game to the University of Colorado Buffaloes on Friday afternoon by a score of 3-0.
"Going into this game, we knew that Colorado is a tough team to score on and they are dangerous on set pieces," said UA head coach Lisa Oyen. "And those things appeared to be true today."
The teams seemed evenly matched in the first half, with Arizona pressing early. Still, Colorado was the first on the board when a corner kick was delivered right to the forehead of Lizzy Herzl, who headed it past Arizona 'keeper Gabby Kaufman.
A defensive error on the part of the Wildcats led to another goal for Colorado from Storie Ledger.
Even though Arizona went into the locker room two goals down, they had a first half that was almost even with Colorado: decent possession and seven shots compared to eight for the Buffaloes.
In the second half, Arizona pressed into the Colorado half but didn't get in behind their defense. Still, sophomore Candace Edwards managed to get two long-range shots off.
It wasn't enough. Colorado sealed their victory with a 80th minute goal from Bianca Jones.
The Cats worked to prevent the shutout, but their thrusts at the bunkered Colorado defense were broken up. The game ended in their fifth shut out of the season.
'Sometimes it works...'
Colorado's defense has been hard to crack. Only one team has managed to score more than two goals against them in regulation time so far this season.
Even with the loss, there were moments, particularly in the first half, that Oyen could point to as positive.
"I thought our possession, our build up, was fairly good," she said of the first half. "We started to find ways to get in behind, to get more numbers up front."
"In the second half we made some changes, because obviously we wanted to get back," she continued. "Sometimes it works; some times it doesn't."
The Wildcats close out their home season with a match against the Utah Utes on Sunday at 11 am. Then, it's up the road to take on Tempe Normal on Thursday.
Glad to be here
The game marked a homecoming for former Catalina Foothills standout Jenna Glad, who entered the game as a second half substitute for Colorado.
"It's great," Glad said about seeing a few former teammates. "It's really great to be back and see them."
Other Catalina Foothills alums on the field today included Wildcat players Emily Lai and Sheridan Cohen.
"Soccer in Tucson was one of the best experiences of my life," she said. "I got to play with a lot of really great players. I learned about how to be a good teammate, and that's the most important thing to learn."