In her final game on the pitch at Sun Devil Soccer Stadium, Cali Farquharson scored on a first half penalty kick to lead Arizona State over Oregon, 1-0, Sunday. The win over the Ducks (4-12, 1-7 Pacific-12) brought ASU (7-7-1, 3-4-1) back to .500 and was its third consecutive.
“I’m really happy our seniors had this win,” Farquharson said, fighting back tears. “We haven’t had the best season, so it’s extra special for us. I just wanted to get one goal in at least, I hadn’t scored in a while. It’s kind of sad, but you have to grow up. It just went by so fast.”
It was the sixth goal of the season for the forward from Phoenix’s Shadow Mountain High School and first since an injury sidelined her for four games during a vital portion of the season. Going into this weekend, she was second in the Pac-12 in scoring per game. Five minutes after the 24th-minute penalty kick, she came up with another brilliant scoring opportunity, but was just wide of Oregon’s Icelandic goalkeeper Halla Hinriksdottir. She came up with another floater in the 79th minute, as well.
“We’ve been waiting for that for a while,” ASU coach Kevin Boyd said of Farquharson. “She said last week she’s back in her full routine. She’s back in her full sprint.”
The game changed for the Sun Devils in the 46th minute when senior Lucy Lara was red carded, and the team was reduced to 10 players. The Ducks, who allowed 11 shots in the first half, recorded six of their seven following the call, but the ASU defense stood its ground.
“I really liked the effort we had in the second half,” Boyd said. “We did whatever we could to keep them out of our end, I think we did that. I thought it (the call) was really soft. I didn’t think the management of the game was particularly good, you couldn’t really see that she was being held before that. It’s really not a smart move for a player to put herself in that position to begin with.”
Sophomore defender Madison Stark hit the top post after the ball bounced off the ground in the 30th minute for ASU, and goalkeeper Chandler Morris robbed Oregon’s Maryn Beutler in the 54th. Morris, who is a redshirt fifth-year senior from Corona, Calif., recorded seven saves on the afternoon.
“It’s the last game on this field after five years,” Morris said. “There’s a rush of adrenaline, but this game was a little extra special. We’re finding our rhythm again, and it feels like us, and we’re making this last push for the rest of the season.”
In addition to Farquharson and Morris, nine other seniors were honored before the match: Whitney Kanavel (San Jose, Calif.), Tommi Goodman (HIghlands Ranch, Colo.), Lara (Sulpher Springs, Texas), Rachel Ometer (San Jose, Calif), Alyssa Martinez (San Pedro, Calif.), Sara Tosti (Santa Rosa, Calif.), Christina Rebata (Petaluma, Calif.), Mackenzie Semerad (Phoenix/Desert Vista High), and McKenzie Berryhill (Phoenix/Greenway High).
“It’s the greatest thing,” Berryhill said of her final game. “It’s unreal, I can’t describe it, I’m so happy. When you’re a man down, it’s not the prettiest thing, but you have to defend. Before the game, saying things to the team, you get all worked up.”
The Sun Devils have three regular season games remaining: at Utah Oct. 30, at Colorado Nov. 1 and at Arizona Nov. 6. Oregon hosts Washington State Oct. 30 and Washington Nov. 1, before wrapping up at Oregon State Nov. 6.