TUCSON, AZ – Looking to rebound from their tough loss to No. 1 UCLA, Arizona Soccer (5-6-2) responded in a big way, defeating Colorado (8-4-3), 2-0.
The daunting road continued for Arizona Soccer on Friday evening. Just a week removed from playing No. 8 USC and No. 1 UCLA, the Wildcats returned to action at the friendly confines of Murphey Field at Mulcahy Soccer Stadium in Tucson.
This time taking on a formidable opponent in conference foe Colorado, Arizona returned to the pitch with yet another significant challenge on its hands.
Hoping to get things back on track despite splitting the weekend action in Los Angeles, Arizona looked primed from the start.
Getting out to a quick start in the first half, Arizona Soccer was able to enter halftime with a 1-0 lead before extending its lead and scoring the upset.
Arizona came out hungry from the start in this one! Perhaps feeling confident from its competitive showing in Los Angeles, the Wildcats struck first.
Just 3:18 into the match, Nicole Dallin’s persistence paid off as she put a shot at the Colorado goalkeeper that was deflected, but luckily, she capitalized on the second chance opportunity and put it in the net to put the Cats up 1-0.
Holding strong on defense, the Wildcats would enter the half with a 1-0 lead and also outshot Colorado by a 13-4 advantage.
Entering the second with a comfortable lead, the Wildcats would stay aggressive. Scoring again in the 52nd minute, this time it was Arizona’s Olivia Briede who came up big for the Cats.
Taking a pass from Iliana Hocking, Briede fired a shot at the goal that went between both the defender and the Colorado keeper to make it 2-0.
Despite Colorado’s best efforts to come back in this one, it was Arizona that came up big in the end, holding the Buffaloes scoreless and picking up the 2-0 win!
With the victory, the Wildcats improve to 5-6-2 and will return to action next when they travel to the PNW to take on Pac-12 foes, Washington (8-3-3, 2-3-1) and Washington State (8-3-3, 2-2-2).