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Soccer wins weekend pair

DAVE HARDEN/Arizona Daily Wildcat
Sophomore midfielder Jennifer Klein heads the ball past a University of San Francisco defender in Sunday's 3-1 victory. Klein had one goal in the match.
By Ross Hammonds
Arizona Daily Wildcat
Monday September 22, 2003

Kickoff was just after 1 p.m., but the game was over right around "Miller time."

Arizona forward Mallory Miller scored two goals in 72 seconds to put the Wildcats up 3-1 over San Francisco yesterday.

"Putting two in back-to-back was a big momentum booster," Miller said while nursing a cleat mark on her shoulder after the game. "We just kept possession and secured the lead."

The Dons scored their only goal in the 10th minute, but UA sophomore goalkeeper Natalie Juarez kept the Dons out of the net for the next 80 minutes, giving Arizona its first three-game winning streak since 1999.

"This is nice for the program and great for this group of players," first-year head coach Dan Tobias said. "It sounds clichˇ, but this is something to build on."

The Wildcats tied the game at 1-1 with two minutes to go in the first half when sophomore Courtney Moseley sent a corner kick off Jennifer Klein's head and into the twine.

"I was just trying to keep it away from the goalie, and it went around her," Moseley said, wearing a sweater after the game. "I have the chills; this 110 degrees isn't enough for me."

In the 62nd minute, Miller found her way through the box and put Arizona ahead 2-1. About one minute later, Miller was awarded a penalty kick and punched it into the corner of the net.

The Dons tried pushing late and managed several shots, but Arizona still sent more balls toward the goal during the game, 24-10.

"The players did a good job of sticking to the game plan," Tobias said. "We had a lot of scoring chances and we finished a few of them."

Payback was the theme on Friday night against the visiting Kentucky Wildcats. Arizona players did not forget about their 2-1 loss in Lexington, Ky., when UK scored two goals in the final five minutes.

Arizona had different plans this time around, hanging on to a close 1-0 victory.

"It was payback and it felt really good," junior defender Lindsey Peeples said. "It was scary at times, but it came down to who wanted it more."

Last year the scoring deadlock was broken in the 81st minute. This year it took only eight.

Freshman Erin Bevacqua took a shot that bounced off of a Kentucky defender and into the goal. Arizona spent the rest of the game hanging on to the lead.

"It feels good to shut them out," Klein said. "We felt we had something to prove after last year."

Kentucky pressured Arizona late in the game, including a series of shots that found goalie Natalie Juarez on the ground and the ball hitting the right post.

Juarez stood her ground, despite only recording three saves, making sure not to let this one get away.

"They are physically strong and all athletic," Tobias said of UK. "They brought pressure and we absorbed it. We got some chances."

Despite late attempts by Kentucky, Arizona out-shot its opponent again, 13-9.

Arizona managed to sweep the two-game set despite seeing a good chunk of its firepower sitting on the bench. Junior forward Candice Wilks ÷ the team's leading scorer so far this year ÷ and sophomore forward Kelley Nelson ÷ the leading scorer last season, who is yet to play this season÷ sat out both games due to injury.

The Wildcats take the field again next weekend in Missoula, Mont., when they take on Montana and UNLV.

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