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Jill Aguilera climbs to 2nd on Arizona soccer’s all-time goals list in loss to Washington

Photo by Ryan Kelapire

It wasn’t the way a player wants to set a milestone, but Arizona forward Jill Aguilera kept fighting and climbed into second place all-time on the Wildcats’ goal-scoring list. Aguilera scored the 30th goal of her career in the 86th minute, but it came at the end of a 4-1 loss to Washington. She needs two more goals this season to tie the record set by Mallory Miller.

The Huskies aren’t known as an offensive threat. In their 12 previous matches this season, they had scored just 12 goals. That changed Friday night as they exploded for four goals in a dominant showing.

It was a story of errors for the Wildcats as they fell to the Huskies in their sixth straight Pac-12 loss. A turnover and a penalty kick had the Wildcats down 2-0 by the half, and they were not able to recover.

Things started strong for Arizona. The Wildcats had two corner kicks and four shots by the time the clock turned to 20:28. By 20:58, they were down a goal off the foot of the Huskies’ Ruby Hellstrom.

In the 39th minute, a foul committed by Jenna Studer in the box gave the Huskies a penalty kick. Summer Yates, Washington’s leading goal scorer, put it by Arizona goalkeeper Hope Hisey to take the 2-0 lead.

Washington picked up right where they left off with a third goal in the 50th minute. In the 70th, they found the back of the net for the fourth time.

Aguilera didn’t flag, though. She put a shot out of the reach of Washington goalkeeper Caeley Goldstein on her sixth shot of the night.

The Wildcats fell to 3-10 on the year and 0-6 in conference play. The Huskies improved to 4-6-3 overall and 2-2-2 in Pac-12 play.

The Wildcats next take the field against California in Berkeley on Oct. 21.