Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Wildcats fall to No. 17 USC
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: November 07, 2010
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Nov. 7, 2010


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TUCSON--The Arizona women's soccer team wrapped the 2010 schedule Sunday, losing 5-0 to No. 17 USC on Murphey Field at Mulcahy Stadium.

Before the game, Arizona's three seniors, Becky Barry, Alex Davis, and Macke Mutz were joined by their families as they were honored in their final game as a Wildcat.

Arizona ends the 2010 season with a record of 5-13-2 overall and 1-8 in conference. The Wildcats have not scored a goal since the 1-0 overtime victory over California on October 22.

Five separate Trojans (12-5-3, 5-3-1 Pac-10) scored in the first half of action, starting in the third minute when Courtney Garcia took a shot from five yards outside the box that hit the far left corner.

"Obviously this is a disappointing result for the last match of the season," said head coach Lisa Oyen, "We did not come out in the first half, and it cost us. We didn't have enough energy, and we didn't take good care of our possessions, and USC really took advantage of that. We were complacent early on, and that's hard to play our way out of."

Freshmen Ana Montoya, Jazmin Ponce, and sophomores Alex Smith and Ariel Boulicault had two shot attempts apiece on the afternoon. Arizona had a total of nine players make attempts at the net.

"I think we did turn around in the second half, but a five goal deficit is very difficult to come back from," Oyen continued. "I am proud that the girls tried. They can be proud of the last forty-five because they didn't give up. It wasn't good enough to win, but we kept trying, and that showed our integrity and our commitment."

USC out shot Arizona 25-13 for the day, but both sides were even on shots on goal at seven.

"Now that we have the full season under out belt, our players, especially the freshmen can see what level in training, in the weight room, in practice that we expect from them day-to-day," Oyen added. "We have a lot of positives to take from this season, even if it's hard to see right now with this kind of loss. Regardless of how we feel right now, there is a lot to be optimistic about for the future."

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