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Soccer faces Pac-12’s newest, seeks first victory

The Arizona soccer team will hit the road this weekend in pursuit of its first win of the season. Today, the 0-8-1 Wildcats will be in Boulder, Colo., for a game against the Colorado Buffaloes, and on Sunday, they will play a game in Salt Lake City, Utah, as they take on the Utah Utes.

Colorado and Utah are new to the Pac-12, but that won’t make Arizona’s chances of garnering its first win any easier. There have been many problems so far this season for the Wildcats, but senior goalkeeper Ashley Jett said she believes there have been two issues thus far hurting the team the most.

“Consistency and a lack of scoring. It puts more pressure on the defense when we’re not producing up top and that makes us have to play perfect in order to even get a tie,” she said.

The Wildcats opened Pac-12 play last weekend in Palo Alto, Calif., where the No. 1-ranked Stanford Cardinal beat down Arizona to the tune of a 7-0 final score. The Cardinal outshot the Wildcats 39-9, made even worse by the first half tally of 20 shots to Arizona’s zero.

The Wildcats have been outscored this season by a combined total of 21-2 and outshot 167-90. Those statistics are concerning and Jett feels that the team is out of options.

“(We have to) keep doing what we’re doing and trying to do better on the field and do the stuff we do well in practice and bring that out to the field and not settle for anything but a win,” Jett said. “We think that once we get our first win things will start turning around for us.”

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