Arizona ran past Arizona State in the final 20 minutes of play to post an impressive 34-7 win Saturday in a crowded Murphey Soccer Stadium in Tucson, Ariz. and sweep the two match series against the Sun Devils.
The Wildcats led 10-0 at the intermission after a warmed over first half. Trent Fischer booted a penalty goal and converted Matt Polowski’s try to account for the first-frame scoring.
After the Wildcats missed three early second-half scoring opportunities, the Sun Devils came alive and scored between the posts via an offload pass to Jason Parkinson. With the Nathan Chapman conversion, the Devils pulled within three.
With high temperatures taking a toll, the Wildcats summoned new energy when Jack Arnold broke the ASU line and scored between the posts, extending Arizona’s lead to 17-7. After a second Fischer penalty, Arnold and Cody Naber both dotted down for Arizona. With a sweep of Trent Fischer conversions, the Wildcats closed the match.
“It was a great way for our seniors to close their home career,” Arizona head coach Dave Sitton said. For Sitton, the match finished the home season of his 34th year as Arizona’s head man. Including a four-year playing career, he’s been in the program for 38 years in all.
The Wildcats will finish their season on the road with games at Wyoming and Colorado State. Next Saturday, the ‘Cats play in Laramie. In three weeks, Arizona will face Colorado State at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colo., and it will be televised on Fox Sports Net.