TUCSON, Arizona – The Texas Tech soccer team dropped a tough bout with Arizona, 1-0, on Sunday night at Mulachy Stadium to wrap the University of Arizona Tournament.
The Red Raiders (5-2-0) split their weekend's results after picking up a 2-1 victory over Arizona State on Friday night. It was the first time in three years Tech had not finished in a draw with the Wildcats (2-2-2) and the first in five meetings to come away with a loss.
"First, credit must go to Arizona," head coach Tom Stone said. "They jumped on us early, but once we settled into the game it became about absorbing their numbers and setting up the counter. We produced two-to-three quality chances in the first half, but unfortunately they didn't fall for us today.
"Then, just when it looked like we were headed to OT, we give up a set piece goal and they held us out for the win. We are very disappointed in giving up that particular goal after handling their bombardment of set pieces, long throws and pressure for the 86 previous minutes."
It appeared for the third-straight year, Tech and Arizona would be bound for overtime; however, UA's 11thcorner of the night would prove costly for the Red Raiders. The service from Crisler found Falasco through a flurry of Tech defenders right on the goal line, who deflected it in for the score.
"The serve was perfect to the back post and the crowd of bodies kept [Marissa Zucchetto] from being able to come get it," Stone said. "At that point, it's about boxing out players and staying on the inside, but No. 23 got in front and the ball basically just hit her and went in."
The goal capped an 18-shot night for the Wildcats, including seven on goal. Junior Carissa Christensenaccounted for four of Tech's six saves, while freshman Marissa Zucchetto had two saves in the waning moments of the second half before Arizona's goal.
The Red Raiders put together two shots on goal, both from their pair of freshman forwards. In the first half, junior midfielder Gwennie Puente sent Kirsten Davis up the wing, who corralled the ball and barreled toward the goal, but the UA's Burdett popped up Davis' shot and reeled it in. In the second period, Ally Griffin got past a pair of defenders and fired a shot into the chest of Burdett.
"We came here to challenge ourselves against two Pac-12 teams and we were tested in both games," Stone said. "We obviously feel good about Friday and learned a lot about what we need to be on Sunday. A split is not what we came for, given that was our first loss to Arizona in our last five games with them, but we got a big win Friday and we will take our lessons from today and move forward to our upcoming four-match home stand."
The Red Raiders return home to start a two-week stint of matches at the John Walker Soccer Complex, beginning with San Diego State on Friday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m., followed by Cal State-Northridge on Sunday, Sept. 17, at 1 p.m.