Arizona Daily Wildcat
Bartlett scores lone goal for Arizona
The UA soccer team got off to a rocky start along the Oregon trail in the Pacific 10 Conference opener this weekend, as the Wildcats came off with a tie against Oregon State and a loss against Oregon.
UA freshman forward Liz Bartlett scored her fourth goal of the season when she scored the Wildcats' only goal of the weekend in Friday's game against Oregon State.
The goal pushed Bartlett to the top of the Wildcats' scoring list with junior forward Kristi Lorona.
Bartlett broke away on the left side and scored on a shot to the far post in the 25th minute to put the Wildcats up 1-0.
"Liz is absolutely one of our most talented athletes," UA head coach Cathy Klein said.
Oregon State responded with 15 seconds left in the first half when Beaver senior midfielder Ann Marie Fallow scored off of a kick from OSU junior defender Christy Castalanelli.
Both teams were unable to dent the net in regulation or in the two 15-minute sudden death overtimes.
The Wildcats and the Beavers battled for a total of 120 minutes before ending at 1-1.
The game against Oregon State marked Arizona's sixth overtime game of the year.
UA junior goalkeeper Shannon Monti played the first half of the game and recorded three saves.
Senior Inger Airheart took the place in front of the net at the half and played through the double overtime, earning six saves.
UA was outshot, 24-8, by Oregon State.
The Wildcats' luck would again falter Sunday as Arizona got shut out by Oregon, 2-0.
"I just believe that we quite easily could have went 2-0," Klein said "If someone would have put us on their shoulders, we would have won the game."
Oregon junior Chalise Baysa was the lone scorer for the Ducks, denting the net in the 28th and 44th minute of the match.
Arizona was outshot 22-15, as the Arizona offense fell silent in the contest.
UA's Lorona led the team with five shots. Junior midfielder Twila Kaufman, Bartlett and freshman forward Meaghan McNatt each generated two shots.
Monti played all the whole game in front of the net and made 10 saves.
Klein was more satisfied with the Wildcats' play on Sunday.
"Our game against Oregon was our most complete effort from everyone," Klein said. "Our backline, Ann Giallonardo, Cassidy Guinn and Kate (Nighswander-Will), were excellent in the back."
Thought Klein said the weekend games showed the Wildcats have what it takes to compete in the Pac-10, the coach wants to win.
"What disturbs me is that we let another two games slip through our fingers," Klein said. "I don't want them to settle for being competitive now."
The tie against Oregon State and the loss against Oregon moves Arizona to 3-7-2 on the season and 0-1-1 in conference play.
The weekend games were just a preview of what is to come for Arizona though.
"I think the girls know better of what is coming than I do," Klein said.
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