After a long wait, the Arizona Wildcats finally were able to play their first weekend home series of the season against a solid Oklahoma Sooners team and UC Irvine.
Arizona soccer was supposed to open up the season at home versus Long Beach State on Aug. 22. That game was cancelled do to a lightning storm postponing Arizona opening their home schedule.
In the first game against Oklahoma, Arizona was able to grab the momentum early with a goal in the eighth minute from Hannah Clifford, scoring on a rebound putting the ball in the bottom left side of the net. After that, Arizona had some issues finishing scoring opportunities seeing two goals waved off from offside calls.
Arizona would add a goal from former defender senior Leah Carillo scoring her first career goal. This sealed a win over Oklahoma 2-0 in a game in which Arizona was able to stay on the offensive relieving pressure from there defense.
A couple days later, Arizona played UC Irvine, which based off of last season’s narrow 1-0 win for the Wildcats, was expected to be a close match-up.
That was not the case at all as Arizona opened the game with an offensive onslaught scoring three goals in the first nine minutes. One player that really led the attack for Arizona was Jada Talley, who had a hand in every goal during that nine-minute stretch. She was able to record one goal and two assists while Brooke Wilson and Jill Aguilera scored one goal each to give Arizona the quick 3-0 lead.
Six minutes into the second half, Arizona would add on another goal from Madison Goerlinger giving Arizona complete control of the game.
The game would end with the final score of 4-0 with Arizona outshooting UC Irvine 17-5. They were able to take the pressure off of their defense and goalkeeper Hope Hisey, who only needed to make two saves.
With two more scoreless sheets, Arizona, in its first four games, hasn’t given up a point. What makes this so impressive is that they are still playing two goalkeepers with Kendyll Humphreys and Hope Hisey. The record for consecutive shutouts is five dating back to last season. It hasn’t been all defense for Arizona during this stretch, they have compiled 15 goals along the way, with Brooke Wilson leading the team in goals with four.
The competition is going to take a major jump next weekend as Arizona plays Santa Clara on the road. Sant Clara is a team that went 17-3-2 last season. This will put the scoreless streak to the test.