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    Soccer to take on Oregon and Oregon State at home in first conference games of the season

    Sophomore defender Brianna Caceres corrals the ball in Arizonas 2-0 loss to No. 6 Portland Sept. 22 at Murphey Stadium. This weekend the Wildcats host another pair of Oregon schools that have also fallen to Portland earlier this season - Oregon and Oregon State - to start the Pacific 10 Conference season.
    Sophomore defender Brianna Caceres corrals the ball in Arizona’s 2-0 loss to No. 6 Portland Sept. 22 at Murphey Stadium. This weekend the Wildcats host another pair of Oregon schools that have also fallen to Portland earlier this season – Oregon and Oregon State – to start the Pacific 10 Conference season.

    The start of Pacific 10 Conference play is a stressful time of year for the Arizona soccer team.

    Although the Wildcats won their last two conference openers, they have a haunted past before then, going 0-8-1.

    Arizona (7-4-0) opens up conference play this weekend at home trying to continue its recent good fortune against Oregon tonight at 7 p.m. and Oregon State Sunday at 1 p.m. at Murphey Stadium.

    “”With Pac-10 play we want to get off to a good start,”” said UA head coach Dan Tobias. “”These are tough games and tough teams.””

    Tobias said that both teams are well-coached and that the Wildcats are going to have to play their best game.

    Oregon (6-5-0) comes into the desert off a 3-0 loss to No. 6 Portland on Sunday and a 4-2 loss to the Wildcats last season.

    “”Oregon is going to come out hard and play hard. They are going to want revenge,”” junior defender Brianna Caceres said.

    Oregon State (7-2-2) looks to extend its four-game winning streak, but besides a loss to Portland, they have not played a tough schedule thus far.

    The home-field advantage will benefit the Wildcats, as they are undefeated at home except for a Sept. 22 loss to Portland.

    “”I definitely think we do a lot better at home,”” junior defender Kaity Heath said.

    Heath said the team is going to treat these games just like any other competition, instead of letting the start of conference play weigh on their consciences.

    “”We don’t care who we are playing,”” she said. “”We just come out and play our game.””

    The Wildcats are looking to keep their game face from the Cal State Fullerton game, which they won 2-1 Sept. 28. Tobias said that the team is playing far more consistently overall and that they are playing much more quickly.

    “”(The Fullerton game) was good for us,”” Bodiya said. “”It shows that we can actually play. When you play well you can win.””

    Bodiya added that 90 minutes of solid play is what will push the Wildcats over the threshold in conference play this weekend.

    Tobias added that the team is looking to be more aggressive offensively this weekend. Before the Fullerton contest, the Wildcats were in a 224-minute offensive drought.

    With no clear-cut offensive star, goals have been coming from all over the roster, from the likes of sophomore forward Gianna DeSaverio, freshman Laura Huylebroek and freshman midfielder Jacqueline Broussard. Tobias said he will be using this as an advantage.

    “”No opponent can zero in on any one player,”” he said. “”We have a lot of attacking personalities.””

    Caceres said that despite the Fullerton win, she has yet to see the squad play with passion for a full 90 minutes. She said the team usually starts to break down and get frustrated in the second half of play.

    “”We just need to come out and play, play, just for the game,”” Caceres said. “”Play because you love the game. The more passion we have, the better off we are.””

    Home contest to be shown online

    All remaining home games will be streamed through a live video Webcast on www.arizonaathletics.com, including this weekend’s contests.

    “”It is something we have always wanted to do,”” Tobias said in a press release.

    Webcast subscriptions cost $9 per month or $75 for the year.

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