Arizona tops UC Davis on brilliant Baytosh goal

TUCSON, Ariz. – The Wildcats recorded their third win of the season with a 1-0 triumph over the UC Davis Aggies on Sunday. Arizona scored in the first half on a spectacular freshman goal Sami Baytoch as the team improved to 3-2-2 on the year.

The goal was perfectly assisted by a freshman Angela Baron, the first college point of his career, with a deep cross just above the halfway line. For Baytosh, it was his second goal of the season and had over 100,000 views on social media just hours after the game.

WATCH: Baytosh brilliant goal

Baytosh’s goal was something you had to see to believe. It came in the 36th minute of the game after the two teams battled for shots early in the game. Angela Baron saw a break in the Aggies defense as she ran through midfield, took a touch and lit it in the box. Baytosh was breaking for the ball with a defender on his hip when and his first touch on the ball was remarkable, managing to juggle the ball straight through the air while falling on his back. What happened next was nothing short of amazing, as Baytosh stole her first touch with a version of a bicycle kick while on the ground that flew just above the keeper and into the bottom of the net.

“I got the cross and me and the defender ran into each other,” Baytosh said afterwards. “I saw the goalkeeper come out and just hopped over her.”

Arizona’s defense played a big part in the win over UC Davis. They managed to allow just six shots the entire game, three of which were on net. On top of that, the Wildcats fended off all 11 corner kicks awarded to the Aggies.

AU Guardian I hope Hisey picked up on 16e shutout of his career, which is tied for third in Arizona history with Gabby Kaufman (2012-14), and second of the season. His three saves on the day give him 252 in his career, good for sixth in Arizona history, just one behind Shannon Monti (1998-2001) for fifth on the career list.

The Wildcats’ next game is Friday, Sept. 23 in Utah to open Pac-12 play, with a scheduled kickoff at 6:00 p.m. PT. Arizona will return home to face Stanford on September 29. Tickets can be purchased online in advance for as little as $5.


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