TUCSON, Ariz. – The Arizona State women’s soccer team dropped its regular season finale to Arizona 2-0 on Thursday afternoon.
Despite putting eight of their 12 shots on frame, the Sun Devils (9-8-2, 4-5-2 Pac-12), who were coming off back-to-back two-goal efforts last weekend against Colorado and Utah, were not find the back of the net on Thursday.
The Wildcats (9-8-2, 4-6-1 Pac-12) scored goals in the third minute and the 61st minute to defeat the Sun Devils for their second consecutive win.
“What I told the team after the game was Arizona couldn’t take a step wrong and we couldn’t take a step right today,” said ASU head coach Kevin Boyd.
The Wildcats went up less than three minutes into the game when UA midfielder Jordan DeGracie got an open look from the top of the box and arced a shot just over the reach of Sun Devil goalkeeper Chandler Morris and under the crossbar.
The Sun Devils, who took eight of their 12 shots in the first half, possessed the ball for much of the first 45 minutes. They were able to create several opportunities on Arizona’s side of the field not only with their possession, but also with the help of nine fouls committed by the Wildcats in the first half.
ASU also took three of their four corner kicks in the first half. On one of those corners it appeared for a split second that the Sun Devils had tied the game at 1-1, but the goal was waived off due to a foul committed by the Sun Devils.
The Wildcats, who attempted 10 of their 16 shots in the second half, increased their lead to 2-0 in the 61st minute when midfielder Julia Glanz got her head on a throw in by DeGracie and deflected the ball into the net.
Arizona goalkeeper Gabby Kaufman made eight saves for the Wildcats, who allowed the Sun Devils four shots in the second half.
McKenzie Berryhill, Cali Farquharson and Rachael Ritter had two shots each to lead the Sun Devils while Morris came up with seven saves.
Thursday’s game between ASU and UA was the first one in seven seasons to be decided by more than one goal as the previous six meetings between the two rivals ended in 2-1 decisions (ASU came out on top in four of those contests). Given the close competition between the two teams, Boyd knew the scenario would not be an ideal one for the Sun Devils, who were looking to solidify an NCAA Tournament bid with a win on Thursday.
“It’s tough when you are very much in position to make the tournament and you have to go against your rival,” said Boyd. “The nature of a rivalry match is it doesn’t matter what the records are. It’s a crazy atmosphere where anything can happen.”
Coming into Thursday’s game, ASU’s overall body of work included wins over Stanford and Utah and a tie against Colorado, all teams which it was either tied with or behind in the Pac-12 standings.