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Soccer takes on nation’s No. 1 squad

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Amy Webb/ Arizona Daily WIldcat

The winless and unranked Arizona soccer team will travel to Palo Alto, Calif., to face the undefeated and No. 1-ranked Stanford Cardinal tomorrow night at 7.

Some early struggles were to be expected heading into the season, considering how young the team is, but to be 0-7-1 heading into Pac-12 play is not where it expected to sit. The Wildcats will try their hand at their first victory against a supremely talented Stanford Cardinal squad.

“You know, we are focused on getting our first win,” head coach Lisa Oyen said.

“We have all the individual pieces. Throughout the course of the season we have had great games. We have done enough to put ourselves in situations to finish off games, it’s just staying committed and playing an entire 90 minutes.”

This past weekend, the Wildcats put on what may have been their best performance of the season in a 0-0 tie with Texas Tech.

“We got a tie and our first shutout,” Oyen said. “Not losing a game that we (thought) we (had) a pretty good handle on was a positive step for us. It’s a small step forward. We want to take a bigger one but we’re still pretty satisfied with the result. But, we still need to do more.”

If the team wants to defeat the heavily-favored Cardina, it certainly will have to do more. The last three times the Wildcats have faced Stanford, they lost by a combined score of 10-1.

If they are able to build on the positivity stemming from their performance on Sunday night, then maybe the Wildcats will be able to give Stanford a run for its money. As freshman Emily Lai says, it’s all about their mindset.

“Our results don’t really show exactly how our season has been going so far,” Lai said. “We have to go out with the mindset that we’re going to kill the other team and that we’ll do anything it takes to get the ball in the back of the net.

“We’re so much hungrier than we would be because we haven’t been winning games.”

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