On a night where a new Mulcahy Stadium attendance record was set as 1,302 packed the stands to watch the Wildcats take on the Sun Devils, Cali Farquharson scored three goals to lead Arizona State (9-8-1, 5-5-1 Pac-12) to a convincing 4-1 victory over No. 23 Arizona (12-5-2, 6-4-1 Pac-12).
“You want to win every game and you want to have a good performance on senior night,” head coach Tony Amato said. “We didn’t get it done tonight. Because we know that we’re in the NCAA Tournament we can put a line in the sand and put it behind us by focusing on who we play in the tournament.”
Arizona State struck gold early as Farquharson scored her first goal of the night just 50 seconds into the match. She received a perfect through ball from Mackenzie Semerad and she scored easily on a breakaway to make the score 1-0.
Arizona created their first scoring chance in the eighth minute as Kennedy Kieneker got her head on a ball off a Hannah Wong corner kick, but Arizona State keeper Chandler Morris was there to make the save.
In the 28th minute, Haley Silverberg was presented with a perfect opportunity to score a goal as she received a pass from about 10 yards away from the goal. She was by herself and she took her time to get a good shot off. Silverberg took the shot, but Morris was able to make the kick save, keeping the score at 1-0.
McKenzie Berryhill scored for Arizona State in the 37th minute to give them a 2-0 lead. Aly Moon crossed the ball into the center of the Arizona goal box, and Berryhill easily headed it into the back of the net.
Farquharson scored her second goal of the night just one minute and one second into the second half. She received another through ball from Semerad and volleyed it into the back of the net past Arizona goalkeeper Lainey Burdett.
Four minutes later, Farquharson earned her hat trick after Lara Lucy found her in front of the goal, making the score 4-0.
Hayley Estopare got the Wildcats on the board in the 59th minute after Jaden DeGracie’s cross found the head of Hannah Stevens. She then headed it right to Estopare, who put it in the back of the net, making the score 4-1.
Since DeGracie was credited with an assist, she is now tied with Mallory Miller for the most career assists in Arizona history with a total of 19. She also has seven this year, which is second on the team behind Gabi Stoian. Her seven assists this season is also tied for the fourth-most in one season.
Arizona had a couple more chances to score, including a good shot by Cece Bilginer in the 81st minute, but nothing was able to generate a goal and Arizona State went on to win 4-1.
The Wildcats have certainly done enough to qualify for the NCAA Tournament, but they will learn if they will host the first round of the tournament on Monday, Nov. 9 at 2:30 p.m. MST during the NCAA Tournament Selection Show, which will be aired on ncaa.com.
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