Arizona finished off its shortened non-conference schedule Saturday night playing a 1-0 NAU team with the Pac-12 season coming up next week.
The Wildcats locked down the Lumberjacks, blanking them 3-0, recording their third scoreless sheet of the season and improving to 4-0.
This was another game with key starters out of the lineup due to minor injury issues forcing coach Tony Amato to turn to his young bench yet again.
During the first period, Arizona dominated the ball early in the first 30 minutes, winning the shot differential 4-0. The Wildcats were able to capitalize when Jada Talley knocked in her third goal of the season (26′) to take the early advantage.
Talley’s goal occurred on her birthday and put her at 21 career goals in her collegiate career, which makes her two goals behind Jazmine Ponce (2010-14) and Candice Wilks (2001-04) for fourth place in program history.
In the second period, the Wildcats finished off the Lumberjacks tacking on two goals from Hannah Clifford (64′) and Iliana Hocking (83′), scoring their first goals of the season.
Arizona had been averaging more corner kicks than its opponents 5-4 in the first three games of the season. Against NAU, the Wildcats raised their average by dominating the Lumberjacks 7-0 in corners for the match.
Here are Clifford and Hocking talking about what they learned from the team’s performance and discussing what the mood is as they head into the Pac-12 season:
The Wildcats showed their offensive ability outshooting the Lumberjacks 15-6, and in the second period, the margin was 8-2. Arizona had nine shots on goal to NAU’s one for the match.
Arizona has given up just one goal this season, and sophomore goalkeeper Hope Hisey, a Canyon del Oro grad, has been a strong point for the team with her eight saves while coordinating the young backline.
Here’s Amato talking about what he has seen out of his team so far this season and giving insight into how prepared they are to start the Pac-12 season:
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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.