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After a homestand that totaled one game, the Arizona women's soccer team will be on the road again this weekend, this time in New Mexico.
The Wildcats (1-3) will face the University of San Francisco (5-0) and New Mexico (2-5) in Albuquerque, the former this evening and the latter on Saturday night.
Coach Lisa Fraser appraised the aggressive play of San Francisco, remarking that the particular style of play will come to the team in time.
"USF is really physical, so it ought to be a real challenge for us," Fraser said. "They're a good team, they can play with the best of them, so they're going to be a hard game for us.
"New Mexico's had a rough start, they were like 0-4, they just won two games," Fraser continued. "They're a solid program. Amy (Allmann) has done a very good job with them. But they're young also, so that will be a good battle. I think USF is going to be a real fight, because they're strong and we're going to have to step up and play more physical if we want to play with them at all."
If Tuesday's game against San Diego State is any indication, timidity will not bode well for the Wildcats in Division I women's soccer. The Aztecs' physical play often crossed the line from European football to American football, for which they received two yellow cards in the process.
According to Fraser, however, the change in style is a hurdle for the team as a whole, and not for a player in particular. As far as the starting lineup is concerned, Fraser doesn't foresee any major juggling and feels the starters work fairly well together.
"I think we're pretty solid with our lineup right now," Fraser assessed. "I think it'll be pretty much the same. I think you'll see a lot more of Teri Abston-Sacks on the outside. As you saw on Tuesday, I think she got in and did a good job. We run our outside mids a lot, so she'll get a lot of playing time. After Jeanine (Arico) got hurt, Teri stepped up and has played really well."
The top collegiate runners in the nation will meet tomorrow at the Mountain West Cross Country Classic in Missoula, Mont.
The Arizona men's and women's cross country teams and a field of more than 20 colleges and universities are set to compete in the 5th annual Classic, which will take place on the University of Montana golf course.
The No. 8 Wildcat men will run an 8,000-meter race beginning at 10:15 a.m. The women will take off on their 6,000-meter run at 11 a.m.
The Arizona men's team finished ninth last year at the Mountain West Classic and the Wildcat women's team finished fifth, but UA head coach Dave Murray is expecting better results this year.
UA men's team captain Martin Keino finished fifth in Montana in 1992. The All-
America senior redshirted last season and is the leader of an experienced team that includes one freshman, his younger brother Bob Keino.
UA sophomores Margarito Casillas, Jon Pillow, junior Art Jimenez and senior Brad Meyer all finished in the top 20 in Iowa City, and they provide the depth Arizona needs to win the team title tomorrow.
The women's lineup is led by Susan Castruita, who captured the individual title at Iowa, and also features junior Lisa Quaintance.
The Arizona's men's golf team heads to Ohio State University this weekend for the Golfweek NCAA Preview Tournament.
The tournament, to be held at the Scarlet Course at OSU, features the top 18 teams from the 1993 NCAA tournament in what will be a preview of this year's expected contenders.
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