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No. 1 soccer team slaughters Wildcats

7-0. That’s what the scoreboard read Saturday night when the Arizona soccer team fell to the No. 1-ranked Stanford Cardinal in Palo Alto, Calif.

Following last week’s tie against Texas Tech, which was the 0-8-1 Wildcats’ first non-loss of the season, there was a sense among coaches and players that this was a step forward for a team that has struggled all year.

But if last week’s game was a step forward, then Saturday night was two steps back.

“We had moments where we looked decent, but overall it was a poor performance,” said senior goalkeeper Ashley Jett. “We turned over the ball too much in our half (of the field).”

“We missed tackles, we missed marks,” she added. “Overall it was a poor performance.”

The Wildcats were outshot 39-9 and, in the first half alone, Stanford had 20 shots to Arizona’s zero. The game was a struggle for Arizona, but that was to be expected considering the talent of the Stanford Cardinal squad. Jett said that Arizona knew going in that it was facing one of the top teams in the nation, but the Cardinal turned to be even better than expected.

“They’re deep all throughout the field. They don’t really have a weak link,” Jett said.

Jett was pulled from the game after almost 60 minutes in the net for sophomore Lorena Aragon. Jett had four saves, but also let up five goals in the loss. Aragon didn’t fare much better, with three saves and two goals against in her first time at goalkeeper for the Wildcats since the first two matches of the 2010 season.

Dating back to last season, the team has now lost six straight games in the conference and nine of the last 10. In Jett’s eyes, the Pac-12 is the top conference in the nation, and competing against top teams game-in, game-out is why she chose to play soccer at Arizona.

“It’s definitely a tough conference. There’s no easy games and no games that you can take off. No guaranteed wins in this conference,” Jett said.

“It’s definitely difficult but that’s why we all signed up to play in this conference to be in the top tier of the nation.”

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