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Amongst losses, Arizona men’s soccer sheds light on positive season

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As the semester starts to finish, so do certain sport seasons. The men’s club soccer team finishes the season on some key positives that can set them up for spring, and for next year’s fall season.

This past weekend, the Arizona Wildcats played in their final tournament of the season. However, this tournament wasn’t like every other. It was a regional tournament that would set them up for nationals.

Going into the tournament, the Wildcats were first in their region. In the first round of the tournament, the Wildcats played UTEP.

At the half, the game was tied 1-1. In the last 10 minutes of the game, Nathan Beasley scored a header goal. However, toward the tail end of the game, UTEP came back in the final minutes, scoring two goals. The Wildcats dropped the match 3-2.

This may seem to be an unfortunate end to any season. However, there are many positives that have come from this season. Arizona finished with a 9-4-1 record, more than three times better than its record compared to last year.

The Wildcats finished top in their pool at a previous tournament held in San Diego, California. Ironically, they defeated UTEP in the tournament, helping them accomplish a program-best finish at the Aztec tournament.

UTEP is the reigning regional champ, and also this year’s 2015 champions.

Another highlight for the team was beating ASU for the first time in approximately four years. At the home game against ASU, about 800 people showed up to support the UA. For a club team, this is a great attendance and truly shows the support of Wildcat pride.

Because of what the Wildcats accomplished this year, there is no doubt that they are capable of winning the regional tournament in next year’s season. The players have shown that they can represent their team in a strong positive way in seasonal tournaments.

The Wildcats have proven they can hang with the best teams in the region, and also expand outside of the region in various tournaments and come out on top.


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