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TUCSON, AZ – Arizona women's soccer will host Washington State on Fri., Oct. 25, at 2 p.m. and Washington on Sun., Oct. 27, at noon. Both matches will be played at Murphey Field at Mulcahy Stadium. The match vs. Washington State will be televised on Pac-12 Networks.

The Wildcats moved to 7-5-3 after defeating USC in a 3-2 overtime victory. In the USC match, sophomore Kaitlyn Lopez recorded the first goal for the Cats in the 75th minute followed by a penalty kick goal by Ponce two minutes later to put Arizona up 2-0. The Trojans countered the two goals with eight minutes remaining in the match to send it in to overtime. Five minutes in to the first period of overtime, Ponce fired the game-winning goal off a free kick outside the USC goal. The win over the Trojans was the first for the Wildcats since 2004 when UA later went on to win the Pac-10 Conference title.

Last weekend, Washington State (9-3-3) dropped a 1-0 decision to Oregon State. On the season, Micaela Castain leads the Cougars in goals with 11, shots with 58 and has recorded four game-winning goals for the Beavers. Goalkeeper Gurveen Clair has recorded a total of 32 saves, averaging a .762 save percentage.

Meanwhile Washington (7-6-2) picked up a 2-1 win over Oregon. Kate Bennett and Becca Schoales lead the Huskies in goals with three apiece in 15 matches played. Goalkeeper Megan Kufeld has recorded a total of 58 saves on the season, averaging a .829 save percentage.

Arizona leads the Pac-12 conference in goals with 31 and averaging two goals a game. Ponce individually is tied for second place in the goals category with 10. Goalkeeper Gabby Kaufman leads the Pac-12 in saves with 69.

The Arizona defense has held their 15 opponents scoreless for a total of 1,109 minutes, including four shutouts against non-conference opponents Florida Atlantic, UC Riverside, No. 24 Ohio State and Pac-12 opponent Oregon State.

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