TEMPE, Ariz.- For the second consecutive game, Cali Farquharson came up clutch in the waning moments for the Arizona State soccer team, as it defeated arch-rival Arizona, 2-1 Friday on Senior Day, with Farquharson executing a brilliant winner with 1:53 left.
It was a vital win for the Sun Devils (10-8-2, 6-4-1 Pacific-12), whose fourth place conference finish is their best since 2004 and are keeping their NCAA Tournament hopes alive. The Wildcats fell to 6-11-3 and 2-7-2.
“I didn’t want it to be the last game for them,” Farquharson said of the seniors.
The freshman had scored with 22 seconds remaining in the second overtime to defeat Colorado Sunday.
In Friday’s game, Farquharson took the pass from Devin Marshall, crossed over, went between the defender’s legs and found the back of the net for her ninth of the year, tying Marshall for the team lead.
“Wins are hard to come by, and you add the rival factor to it and anything can happen,” ASU coach Kevin Boyd said. “I love the goal Cali got at the end, you kind of felt it coming that one of them was going to get loose and find a clean shot. Credit to this squad, we put together a pretty good run. We felt we needed to get the 10th win to get in (the NCAA Tourney), and we did a lot under pressure to get there.”
In her final home game, Courtney Tinnin scored in the 50th minute on a pass from fellow senior Alyssa Freeman to open the scoring for ASU.
“It’s the icing on the cake,” Tinnin said of her third goal of 2012. “I couldn’t imagine a better way to end the season against U of A at home, my family’s here. I was in the right place in the right time.”
The Wildcats would tie it in the 65th minute as Jessica Culver sent a rocket from the right to the far post for her third of the year. This after being called with a run on goal in the 33rd minute on a breakaway.
Miah Mollay of the Sun Devils had the game’s first scoring chance hitting the right post in the sixth minute.
ASU’s Sara Tosti had a chance for the winner with 17 minutes remaining, a curve Arizona goalkeeper Gabby Kaufman batted away.
Chandler Morris made three saves for the Sun Devils, while Kaufman had eight for the Wildcats.
Besides Tinnin, it was also Senior Day for Freeman, Mollay, Sierra Joseph, Mimi Kocela, Taylor McCarter, Aissa Sanchez, Nicki Stone, and Kiara Williams.
“Credit to the whole group of them, a good character, a good culture, I’m really proud of them,” Boyd said.
As for Arizona, it was another disappointing year, although junior Ana-Maria Montoya represented Colombia in the London Olympics and junior midfielder Jazmin Ponce led the conference in shots. Just not enough of them went in.