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Miller bags both Cats’ goals in lengthy weekend games

Claire C. Laurence/Arizona Daily Wildcat
Senior midfielder Jennifer Klein edges New Mexico’s Nicole Pitcock for control of the ball yesterday at Murphy Stadium. No. 22 Arizona ended the Four Points University Plaza Arizona Soccer Classic with a 1-1 double overtime tie with New Mexico and a 1-0 victory over No. 25 Utah on Friday.
By Amanda Branam
Arizona Daily Wildcat
Monday, September 19, 2005
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Tobias carded, watches second match in stands

With head coach Dan Tobias watching from the top row of the bleachers yesterday while serving a one-game suspension, the No. 22 Arizona soccer team tied New Mexico 1-1 at Murphy Stadium in the Four Points University Plaza Arizona Soccer Classic.

Tobias got a red card in the 68th minute of Arizona’s 1-0 overtime win over No. 25 Utah Friday for arguing with the center referee. He watched the rest of the game from the stadium parking lot.

“I’m embarrassed,” Tobias said after the Utah game. “(But) I’ve always said this since I’ve had the job here — if I’m not around, for whatever reason like tonight, we have three head coaches.”

Yesterday’s game had its own share of frustrations, as neither team was able to score in the two 10-minute overtime periods.

“Today was just not our team at all,” said senior midfielder-forward Mallory Miller, who netted both of the Wildcats’ goals over the weekend. “I don’t think we were really struggling offensively, I think that everyone just didn’t want to hustle.

“Once we got the first goal, I just think everyone let down from there.”

Midfielder Kellee Hafner tied the game at 1-1 for the Lobos (2-2-2) with a high shot that sailed past Arizona goalkeeper McCall Smith and into the top corner of the net with just under seven minutes left in regulation.

Miller scored her team-leading sixth goal of the season in the 36th minute on a sliding shot past Lobo goalkeeper Kristen Winters.

Freshman London King dribbled deep into the box and crossed the ball in front of the goal to a sliding Miller. The assist was King’s first of the season for Arizona (4-1-2).

“We just couldn’t finish them,” said Arizona assistant coach Harold Warren, the team’s acting head coach yesterday in place of Tobias. “We could have created more opportunities.”

In front of a crowd of 972 Friday, the Wildcats handed the Utes (6-2) their first loss of the season.

Miller scored her fifth goal of the season with just under 4 1/2 minutes left in the first overtime period.

Sophomore defender Kaity Heath sent a ball into the box at the running Miller, who fired a shot that hit off the goalpost. Miller got her own rebound and put it back in.

Tobias said that once he saw the play developing with Miller and Heath, he knew already what the result would be.

“I was sitting with my wife and I said, ‘Game. That’s it. Here it comes,’” he said.

The Wildcats and Utes both took five shots in the first half, but in the second half Arizona out-shot Utah’s 10-6. Utes goalkeeper Ashley Mason made two big saves in the second half to force overtime.

Cal State Fullerton won both of their games to win the Arizona Soccer Classic. They defeated New Mexico 2-0 on Friday and got a 4-0 win over Utah yesterday.

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