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Soccer drops final two road matches

Soccer drops final two road matches

The Arizona Wildcats soccer team will come home empty-handed after dropping both of its matches this weekend, losing 4-0 to Oregon on Friday night and falling 3-0 to No. 15 Oregon State on Sunday.

Previous to this setback, Arizona had been playing well and seemed to be making strides towards adding more tallies to the win column during the final stretch of the season.

But offensive woes plagued the Wildcats in what has become an unfortunate theme this season.

Against Oregon on Friday night, the Ducks (7-8-3, 3-3-1 Pacific 10 Conference) jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead by scoring goals in the third and 14th minutes of play.

Arizona mustered just one on-goal shot attempt all night off the foot of freshman Jazmin Ponce, who also led the Wildcats in total shots with three in the match, and were outshot 16-6 by the Ducks.

The Beavers (15-1-1, 7-0) shut out the Wildcats in their final road match on Sunday, as OSU continued to play at a high level of soccer.

Arizona held the Beavers scoreless in the first half of play, but OSU made quick work on offense by scoring two goals in five minutes to open up the second half en route to their 10th straight win.

Freshman Ana Montoya provided the lone bright spot for the Wildcats in their loss to the Beavers. Montoya led the team with four shot attempts, all on goal, as Ponce followed with three shots total with two on goal.

Last week, head coach Lisa Oyen offered her opinion on the difference between the Wildcats (5-11-2, 1-6) and elite opponents like Oregon State.

“”There are some smaller things that separate us, and there are some larger things that separate us,”” Oyen said.

Over the weekend, the larger issues manifested themselves on the field as Arizona was outscored 7-0, whereas in recent games, the Wildcats had been playing a higher level of soccer that made the gap between them and the Pac-10’s best seem smaller.

Entering the weekend, Arizona was tied for last in the conference in total goals scored, and its inability to find the back of the net has hurt the Wildcats during Pac-10 play.

The two losses will keep the Wildcats at ninth place in the conference entering the final week of play, and Arizona will return home to Tucson to prepare for its final two matches against Southern California and UCLA.

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