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    Soccer shut out in loss and tie at home

    Arizonas Gianna DeSaverio grimaces during a corner kick in her teams 0-0 double-overtime tie with No. 23 USC yesterday. The team went 0-1-1 on its final home stand of the year following a 1-0 loss to No. 3 UCLA on Friday.
    Arizona’s Gianna DeSaverio grimaces during a corner kick in her team’s 0-0 double-overtime tie with No. 23 USC yesterday. The team went 0-1-1 on its final home stand of the year following a 1-0 loss to No. 3 UCLA on Friday.

    Goose egg.

    The “”0″” on the scoreboard at Murphey Stadium never gave up its oval shape this weekend next to “”Arizona,”” as the Wildcat soccer team tied No. 23 USC 0-0 in double overtime yesterday and lost 1-0 to No. 3 UCLA on Friday.

    “”We just couldn’t find the back of the net,”” UA head coach Dan Tobias said.

    The match marked the final home date of the season for the Wildcats, who dropped to 8-7-2 overall and 1-3-2 in Pacific 10 Conference play.

    “”We can be upset with the result of the game,”” said freshman midfielder Jacqueline Broussard, “”but we can’t be upset with the way we played.””

    The Women of Troy (8-3-4, 1-1-3) controlled the ball for much of the game, taking 11 shots – three on goal – in the first half alone. Meanwhile, the Wildcats had just three shots and one on goal in that time.

    But that doesn’t mean Arizona wasn’t attacking the net in other ways.

    USC’s goalkeeper, junior Veronica Simonton, was taken out of the game at the 43:06 mark after colliding violently with Arizona freshman forward Analisa Marquez.

    “”We’re teaching our players to play hard and play aggressively, but (to) be fair at the same time,”” Tobias said. “”I certainly didn’t want to see anyone get hurt. I hope she’s OK. She’s a very good goal keeper.””

    Simonton holds a 0.54 GAA, allowing only eight goals this season, the fewer than any other Pac-10 team.

    Freshman Kristin Olsen came into the game for USC as the new goalkeeper, but she collided with forward Sally Thurner at the 94:30 mark, while the sophomore carried the ball toward the goal.

    Olsen was slow in standing up and her legs were inspected on the field, but she remained in the game.

    The Wildcats were unable to abuse the goalie with the ball, however. They recorded a total of 12 shots during the game, while USC totaled 25.

    Still, Tobias was not disappointed with the shot comparison.

    “”We had seven shots on goal, they had nine,”” he said. “”I can live with that.””

    Although it seemed to be a team concensus that they were unhappy with a tie, the agressiveness made up for it, freshman forward Jasmine Namdar said.

    “”Everyone stepped it up,”” she said. “”It (was) our last home game, and we all wanted to do well to protect our home field.””

    But they couldn’t protect it on Friday night against UCLA, even with the support of 967 in attendance, as well as Arizona cheerleaders.

    And just as two cheerleaders were dropped, so were the Wildcats.

    “”We did everything we were supposed to do except score some goals,”” Tobias said.

    UCLA brought a strong squad, to say the least.

    Last week, Bruins senior midfielder Stacy Lindstrom was named to Soccer America’s Team of the Week, and freshman forward Lauren Cheney, the Parade Magazine National High School Player of the Year in 2005, leads the conference with 11 goals.

    Lindstrom and Cheney had eight of the 26 shots against Arizona.

    But it was their teammate, junior forward Danesha Adams, that stood out above the rest Friday, taking five shots – all on goal – and netting the only goal of the game at the 68:53 mark.

    “”Girls like Danesha Adams are going to run across you,”” sophomore goalkeeper Chelsea McIntyre said, “”so you have to make sure you stay tight as a team.””

    There is, however, such thing as overagressivness, McIntyre said.

    She came out twice to get the ball, and both times Adams got past her.

    The first time junior defender Kaity Heath blocked the ball right in front of the goal. The second time, Heath couldn’t help when the goalie came out and Adams scored.

    McIntyre had eight saves during the game, and her Bruin counterpart Valerie Henderson had seven.

    Those seven saves were inches from being six.

    UA redshirt freshman midfielder Christina Hughes took a shot that deflected off the top post into the back of Henderson where it remianed motionless on the ground.

    “”It hits off of the post, hits the goalkeeper and just sits there,”” Tobias said with a laugh. “”Usually when it hits off the goalkeeper it goes in.

    “”We were just unlucky.””

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