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Arizona soccer to play rival school ASU in final match of the season

Caroline Bailey
Midfielder Maddy Koleno trails a Washington State player on Thursday, Oct. 5, 2023, on Murphey Field at Mulcahy Soccer Stadium. Arizona Soccer lost to Washington State in a 2-1 decision.

The Arizona soccer team is set to face ASU in its final match of the season. They will host the Sun Devils on Friday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m. at Murphey Field at Mulcahy Soccer Stadium.

The Wildcats (5-8-5 total, 2-6-2 in Pac-12 play). The Sun Devils (10-5-4, 5-4-1 in Pac-12 play). Arizona is coming off a 1-0 win against the University of Utah, and ASU is coming off a three-game losing streak against the University of Colorado, Utah and UCLA. Both teams will be coming into this match hungry for the win to end their seasons on a positive note.

History against ASU

Since Oct. 15, 1996, Arizona and ASU have played each other a total of 25 times. Arizona trails in the all-time series 10-14-1. Last year’s match was on Nov. 4, 2022, and it ended in an Arizona (3-2) loss. Prior to this defeat, Arizona had won seven straight matches dating back to 2016.

In last year’s match, both teams had a total of 12 shots, but ASU came out on top with goals from players Keri Matthews, Eva van Deursen and Lucy Johnson. Arizona’s two goals came from Megan Chelf and Nyota Katembo. The first Arizona goal came from a cross by Chelf that bounced off an ASU player and into the net. The second goal was a well-done finish by Katembo off of a Sami Baytosh corner kick.

Even though Arizona took the lead 2-1 at one point, ASU was able to make a comeback and finish the game with the win. Both teams kept each other on their toes and applied heavy pressure on the other, making it a very tight match. Over the years, these games have been eventful and often closely contested. The Wildcats will have home-field advantage, and in the past, they have posted a 6-6-1 record in home games, with an away record of 4-8.

However, this match is looking to be in Arizona’s favor, given that ASU is coming off three losses in their past three games, one of them being to Utah, which they lost (2-0) on Oct. 26. While Arizona has just defeated Utah in their last match on Sunday, Oct. 29.

Overall, this match should be extremely competitive, and with it also being Arizona’s season finale this is not a game that anyone should want to miss out on. 

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