Arizona soccer posts convincing win in final pre-conference match
Baytosh nets game-winner; Hisey earns another clean sheet
The University of Arizona Wildcat soccer team earned a 1-0 victory over the visiting UC Davis Aggies at Mulcahy Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Coach Becca Moros started four freshmen as well as heat and occasionally uneven refereeing.
Arizona received the first of two yellows in the match in minute 14 for what appeared to be a strong but otherwise inadvertent collision between Sami Baytosh and UC Davis keeper Caeley Goldstein.
UC Davis’s best first-half chance came when a counterattack left striker Sami Ruelas alone in the box with Arizona keeper Hope Hisey. Hisey charged at her, leaving Ruelas to take a quick, ill-considered shot. The shot came off the crossbar and the game was stopped by a few moments while Ruelas recovered from the collision with Hisey.
Only a few moments later, Angela Baron sent the ball from midfield to the box where Baytosh was waiting. She couldn’t lose her marker and fell while tangling with her. The ball went into the air and as Baytosh hit the ground, she raised her leg and hit it with her shoelaces. The ball went in the back of the net.
The first half goal ended up being the only one of the match, although perennial scoring threat Meagan Chelf had six shots in the match.
The match is a send-off of sorts for the PAC-12 season, which begins for the team next Friday in Salt Lake City against Utah.