Three second-half goals by Arizona ended up putting a damper on the ACU women’s soccer team’s season opener. The University of Arizona Wildcats rolled by ACU, 4-0, in Tucson, Arizona.
Arizona, a member of the Pacific-12 Conference, put up a shot parade on ACU, as it finished with 22 shots and 10 shots on goal, resulting in four scores.
“We’re going up against some very tough competition in the weeks to come,” said ACU head coach Casey Wilson. “These games will be fast and physical, which will prepare us for Southland Conference play.”
Junior goal keeper Kelsey Dombrowski got the start and saved six of the 10 shots sent her way. In the first half alone, Dombrowski saved five shots while allowing one to make it into the netting. Junior goal keeper Sydney Newton did not play in the match, but Wilson said he plans on splitting time between the two during the season.
“These two, along with newcomer Madeline Grimes, will continue to push each other all year for playing time,” Wilson said. “All three are currently coming along well.”
ACU trailed 1-0 going into halftime and was able to win the battle of possession in the first half. The purple and white allowed nine shots in the first half, compared to 13 given up in the second half. Arizona grabbed the lead at the 15 minute mark, after a header found its way into the goal.
The second half proved to be too much for ACU, though, as it allowed goals in the 53rd, 63rd and 75th minutes.
The Wildcats will be back in action at 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon to take on Texas-El Paso at University Field in El Paso. Live stats will be offered during the game.