Second-half goals help UA earn second straight win

2010-10-04T00:00:00Z 2010-10-04T00:13:54Z Second-half goals help UA earn second straight winBryan Rosenbaum Special To The Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

For the first time all season, the Arizona soccer team is on a winning streak.

The Wildcats improved to 4-5-2 with a 2-1 win over San Francisco on Sunday at Murphey Stadium.

"It's huge," goalkeeper Ashley Jett said. "To put together back-to-back wins really feels good."

Jett's play in goal, where she had nine saves on the day, was a huge reason why the Wildcats are on a high heading into Pac-10 play.

"I'm just doing whatever I can," she said. "The team's out there running around in 100 degrees, and I've got to do my part for them."

The junior from College Station, Texas, made the biggest save of the game in the 38th minute when she blocked Keonna Robinson's breakaway attempt over the crossbar.

Five minutes later, Jett made a diving save and safely pushed aside Megan Connor's low shot from a difficult angle.

"It's awesome getting her back in goal full time," midfielder Macke Mutz said. "She's someone with a voice and knows everybody, and she's been motivating the team and coming up big for us."

While Jett was motivating Arizona with her play in goal, Mutz put the Wildcats ahead in the 65th minute when she volleyed a long free kick from Kristyn Magyar.

Arizona made it 2-0 in the 72nd minute when Alex Davis rose above everybody at the far post to head in Ana Montoya's corner kick.

"It's important that we score off set plays and dead balls," Mutz said. "We've been struggling with those all season."

With the game seemingly in control, a defensive lapse in the 80th minute cost Arizona and allowed the Dons back into the game.

A turnover in midfield led to a San Francisco counter, and the Wildcats couldn't clear the ball out of their penalty area, allowing Molly Hall plenty of time to beat Jett from 12 yards.

San Francisco unsuccessfully pressed for an equalizer in the final 10 minutes, capitalizing on Arizona dropping off and allowing the Dons to possess the ball deep in the offensive end.

"San Francisco made it difficult and didn't let us off by any means," UA coach Lisa Oyen said.

"We don't want to get complacent and let them back in."

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• Who: Arizona at Washington

• When: 7 p.m. Friday

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