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Cats fall in another shut-out

Half-time changes improve performance, but fail to give Arizona the win

  • Tiara Pittman of the Washington State Cougars fires past Ashley Jett for the opening goal.
    Joshua Pearson/TucsonSentinel.comTiara Pittman of the Washington State Cougars fires past Ashley Jett for the opening goal.
  • Washington State forward Brandi Vega takes a shot as Arizona's Kristin Strother closes down.
    Joshua Pearson/TucsonSentinel.comWashington State forward Brandi Vega takes a shot as Arizona's Kristin Strother closes down.
  • Arizona goalkeeper Ashley Jett makes an early save to deny Cougars forward Brandi Vega.
    Joshua Pearson/TucsonSentinel.comArizona goalkeeper Ashley Jett makes an early save to deny Cougars forward Brandi Vega.
  • Ashley Jett and Kristin Strother were unable to stop Washington State forward Brandi Vega's shot for the Cougars' second goal.
    Joshua Pearson/TucsonSentinel.comAshley Jett and Kristin Strother were unable to stop Washington State forward Brandi Vega's shot for the Cougars' second goal.
  • Cougars forward Brandi Vega attempts to turn Arizona's Kristin Strother.
    Joshua Pearson/TucsonSentinel.comCougars forward Brandi Vega attempts to turn Arizona's Kristin Strother.
  • Arizona midfielder Ariel Boulicault attempts to dribble through the Washington State midfield.
    Joshua Pearson/TucsonSentinel.comArizona midfielder Ariel Boulicault attempts to dribble through the Washington State midfield.
  • Arizona defender Kirstyn Magyar makes a crucial stop as the Cougars attack into the Arizona 18 yard box.
    Joshua Pearson/TucsonSentinel.comArizona defender Kirstyn Magyar makes a crucial stop as the Cougars attack into the Arizona 18 yard box.
  • Wildcats midfielder Ariel Boulicault fights for the ball with Cougars forward Brandi Vega.
    Joshua Pearson/TucsonSentinel.comWildcats midfielder Ariel Boulicault fights for the ball with Cougars forward Brandi Vega.
  • Washington State forward Tiara Pittman struck the post with this attempt from inside the 6-yard box.
    Joshua Pearson/TucsonSentinel.comWashington State forward Tiara Pittman struck the post with this attempt from inside the 6-yard box.
  • Arizona's defense was often left grasping at straws against the Cougars' offense in the first half.
    Joshua Pearson/TucsonSentinel.comArizona's defense was often left grasping at straws against the Cougars' offense in the first half.
  • Arizona's Kristin Strother makes a goal-line save as Ashley Jett takes a knee to the head from Washington State's Ali Fenter.
    Joshua Pearson/TucsonSentinel.comArizona's Kristin Strother makes a goal-line save as Ashley Jett takes a knee to the head from Washington State's Ali Fenter.
  • Arizona goalkeeper Ashley Jett lies injured after a collision as her defense works the ball out of the back.
    Joshua Pearson/TucsonSentinel.comArizona goalkeeper Ashley Jett lies injured after a collision as her defense works the ball out of the back.

The University of Arizona Wildcats dropped another game Sunday, this time to the Washington State Cougars. A change in the team's strategy at half time gave some hope for fans, but the team couldn't come back from the two-goal deficit they earned in the first half.

Wildcat defenders fought off charges from Washington State, but failed to clear the ball and break up the Cougar attack. Finally, in the 22nd minute, a Washington shot was saved by the post, but Cougar forward Tiara Pittman was able to get control of the ball and get it past Ashley Jett.

The goal resulted in the only moment of controversy in the match. Some Wildcat players claimed that the ball had passed the endline and bounced back into the playing area. Although the goal looked questionable, the referee let it stand.

Washington State scored their second goal only minutes later after Jett had punched the ball away and the Cats were unable to clear it.

The team needed a change at the half. Shannon Heinzler played in the first half as a defender but was moved into the offense, and Mykaylin Rosenquist was brought on in what was hoped to be a more stable four-person back line.

To some extent it worked. Washington State's offensive production was off in the second half and Arizona was able to generate more shots on goal. Even the normally defensive-minded Rosenquist tallied a shot at the goal.

The Cats were still unable to score, and the game ended with Washington State players and their rather sizable traveling fan contingent with smiles on their faces.

Four-Three-Three

After the game, Coach Lisa Oyen talked about the changes that the team made at half time.

"Heinz has been a great utility player and we wanted to get her involved in the attack. Mykaylin has given us some good minutes and we felt like she was ready to get back into the mix."

Heinzler didn't record a shot, but moving her to join the three person front line allowed the team as a whole to record six shots in the second half.

Magyarország

Defender Kristyn Magyar missed several games after an injury sustained against South Carolina back in August. Magyar, a junior, played a full 90 minutes Sunday, and is happy to be back.

"It's been taping up my ankle. It's been rough. I've been getting through it because of my passion for the game," she said.

Like all the players, Magyar was disappointed in Sunday's loss. But, like all good Arizona athletes since 1899, she and her teammates know what the important game is.

"We're all looking forward to ASU."

The team plays Arizona State University on Friday nighy at 7 p.m. at Mulcahy Stadium, 2300 E 15th St.

Washington State Cougars vs. Arizona Wildcats

Scoring summary

  • WSU - Tiara Pittman (22')
  • WSU - Brandi Vega (23')

Misconduct summary

  • No cautions or ejections
  • Arizona Wildcats: Ashley Jett - Alex Smith, Kristyn Magyar, Shannon Heinzler - Kristin Griffin, Jessica Culver, Ariel Boulicault, Susana Melendez - Ana-Maria Montoya, Jazmin Ponce, Kristin Strother
  • Substitutions: Emily Lai, Sarah Nesmith, Desiree Bramlette, Brie Defelice, Mykaylin Rosenquist, LeeAndra Smith, Julia Glanz, Samantha Cummings
  • Washington State Cougars: Gurveen Clair - Rachael Doyle, Ali Fenter, Delaney Zalud - Jacquelyn Roth, Eileen Maes, Jocelyn Jeffers, Nicole Setterlund - Beau Bremer, Tiara Pittman
  • Substitutions: Jamie Schneiders, Mesa Owsley, Bethanie Skelton, Zoe Jeffers, Mariah Cameron, Korynn Blanksma, Kayla Johnson, Katie Turney, Shannon McFadden

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