Wildcats to kick it in Texas

By Monty Phan

Arizona Daily Wildcat

The Arizona women's soccer team travels deep into the heart of Texas this weekend for its final road trip of the season.

Coming off only their second win, the Wildcats (2-8) will compete in the Lady Longhorn Soccer Classic in Austin, facing Michigan (8-6-1) Saturday and host Texas (8-4-2) Sunday.

Head coach Lisa Fraser commented on both schools, who as indicated by their records will both pose formidable threats to Arizona's hopes of getting win number three.

"They're both new programs," Fraser said. "Texas is having a really good year. I think we're ready to play these two teams. I think it's going to be a good weekend for all the teams that are in this tournament."

Last weekend, Arizona recorded its first home win ever by beating Loyola Marymount 2-1. The win came after two consecutive overtime losses, and Fraser expressed relief at getting the victory, finally.

"It was nice to get another win under our belt," Fraser said. "I think it was a long time coming. It feels good to win. We needed it."

As indicated by the win and the previous two narrow losses, the team is learning to adjust to the style of play of Division I soccer. Individually, players are learning what it takes and are stepping up accordingly.

"I think (midfielder) Shannon Taylor's been playing really well," Fraser said. "I also think (defender) Melissa Kessler's been playing well."

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