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Soccer patient as Cal comes to town

The Arizona soccer team won for the first time this season in Friday’s gameagainst Oregon, and the way the team celebrated, it might as well have been for the Pac-12 championship. Tonight, at 7 p.m. in Tucson, the Wildcats will face a team that has a shot at winning the real Pac-12 championship: the 9-3-1 California Golden Bears.

Cal comes in as the No. 18 team in the nation while Arizona (1-10-2) is ranked 198 out of 322 teams.

They might not be as well-respected as the Golden Bears, but all the Wildcats are looking to do is take it a game at a time and build upon their first victory of the season.

“Patience is a virtue,” head coach Lisa Oyen said.

Freshman LeeAndra Smith didn’t play much last weekend, but when she did come in, she provided a nice change of pace and seemed to give the team a lot of energy in a 1-0 loss to Oregon State on Sunday.

“I just go in there and do what my team expects of me and try to live up to their standards cause everyone always pushes you to try and do your best and you don’t want to let your teammates down,” Smith said.

The freshman said she believed the key for the team going forward is starting off the second half strong.

“I think we played well, we always play well and we always try; we just need to do more in the second half,” Smith said. “We have a positive mindset and this isn’t going to stop us from trying and going on with our season.”

Senior goalkeeper Ashley Jett said she thought if the team wants to add some more W’s to the win column, it will need to demonstrate a lot more control than it has thus far.

“We have to be more disciplined up top and across the field,” Jett said.

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