Washington State’s women soccer team trails the Arizona Wildcats 3-1 at the half. Arizona’s defense, combined with sloppy midfield play by the Cougs, has led to several WSU turnovers.
The Wildcats scored two goals within three minutes to take the advantage. Arizona’s third goal of the match was scored by forward Alexandra Doller. Doller slipped through the WSU defense and was open near the Southeast corner of the goalie box, her shot went into the upper right corner of the net. UA’s second goal of the match was scored by Gabriela Stoian during a scrum that followed a Wildcat corner kick.
For the Cougars, the story of the first half was missed opportunities Washington State earned two corner kicks in the first half, but came up empty on both. Midfielder Nicole Setterlund just missed a goal during the first cornerkick, as her header hit the cross bar and bounced clear of the goal. The second cornerkick was stopped by Arizona’s defense.
WSU’s lone goal of the half came in the 14th minute. Defender Jamie Schnieders scored her first career goal after slipping through the Arizona defense with possession of the ball. Schnieders shot went passed the outstretched hands of Arizona goal keeper Gabby Kaufman.
Arizona has spent the majority of the first half sitting back, and forcing WSU’s offense to make plays. The Cougars haven’t been able to make plays, and that’s a huge reason Arizona leads by two goals at the half.