Sept. 24, 2010
LOS ANGELES, Calif.--The Arizona women's soccer team lost their second straight match, 2-0 to Loyola Marymount Friday night in Los Angeles.
In Arizona's (2-5-1) second shut-out loss of the season, freshman Ana Montoya led the team with five shots, three on goal. Fellow freshman Jensen Skinner and sophomore Kirstyn Magyar combined for another five shot attempts.
Freshman Jazmin Ponce had a chance to equalize in the 23rd minute, when she went one-on-one with Lions freshman Brittany Jagger, but the GK got a hand on it, enough to deflect the ball off course.
"We played well in the first five to ten minutes, but then for some reason we collectively pulled back, let them get those two goals," said head coach Lisa Oyen. "It wasn't a very good half for us as a team. In the second half I think we responded a lot better. We were much more dangerous on the attack, and as a whole we looked closer to the team we want to see. Even so, being two goals down is very difficult to come back from."
The Wildcats and Loyola Marymount (7-2) were even on the night for shots, at fourteen apiece, though most of Arizona's were attempted at long range. Arizona also led the Lions 7-5 on on-goal attempts, but was unable to connect with the net.
Junior goal keeper Ashley Jett grabbed three saves for the Cats, but let two slide by, both in the first half of play.
"We've seen a lot all season that if we don't come out in the first half and play a full ninety minutes, it's going to hurt us," Oyen added. "Right now we need to work on coming out strong in the first forty-five, and Sunday we'll hopefully have a chance to show that, and then follow with the same intensity in the second half."
Sunday, the Wildcats return home to host the University of Utah at Murphey Field at Mulcahy Stadium at 7pm.