Arizona Soccer

Arizona breezes by New Mexico State to victory

The Arizona Wildcats kept their dominant defense going against visiting New Mexico State on Saturday, overpowering the Aggies 4-0.

Arizona is now 3-0 after starting its season with wins over Grand Canyon and UTEP. The Wildcats have outscored their opponents 10-1 with the lone goal allowed in the first 30 minutes of the opening match against the Lopes.

Without key starters Hannah Clifford and Ava McCray in the lineup, coach Tony Amato was forced to test the team’s depth turning to freshmen Quincy Bonds and Jenna Studer

The offense helped take off some of the pressure with two quick goals; the first came from Jada Talley (16′) and then Jill Aguilera (20′) got in the action scoring her fourth goal of the season.

Arizona took a 2-0 lead during the first half while outshooting the Aggies 7-1. New Mexico State had more corner kicks than the Wildcats 3-1 but couldn’t take advantage of those situations.

In the second half, Grace Santos (81′) added the team’s final goal after Arizona received an own goal (60′) that ricocheted off an Aggie defender in for a score. 

Here are Talley and Santos talking about the team’s performance and discussing what they learned about the freshmen on this team:

Arizona finished the game outshooting New Mexico State 15-2 with eight shots coming in the second period. The Wildcats had six shots on goal and took five corner kicks. They have outshot their opponents at an impressive rate of 42-17 in three games during the season.

Here’s Amato talking about his team’s performance and discussing what he saw out of freshmen Bonds and Studer during their first collegiate start:

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ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com writer Troy Hutchison hails from Tucson and is a lifelong Arizona Wildcats follower. He has been involved in sports journalism over the last two years while taking communications courses at Pima Community College.

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