Women's soccer swept by Washington schools

By Steve Fanucchi

Arizona Daily Wildcat

The Arizona women's soccer team completed a two-game road trip with a 4-1 loss to the Washington State Cougers on Sunday.

After being swept by the Washington schools, Arizona dropped to 3-4 overall and 0-2 in the Pacific 10 Conference. UA has lost the last three games after starting the season with a 3-1 record. The Wildcats, in their second season as a Division I program, have lost all five of their games against Pac-10 schools.

A crowd of 362 watched as the Cougars (2-4-1,1-1 ), ruined the homecoming for Arizona coach Lisa Fraser, who coached at WSU for five years before coming to Arizona last year.

"This weekend was not a disaster," Fraser said. "We had our chances and did not produce. We did not lose it mentally in either game, nor did we give up. It was just another stepping stone for us to learn on."

Washington State scored twice in the first half and twice in the second half. The Wildcats' only goal was scored at the 31:25 mark of the first half by freshman Nicki Jones, who scored the only goals for the Wildcats in both games against the Washington schools. Jones has a team-leading five goals for the season.

The Cougars had almost twice as many shots on goal as the Wildcats, who had seven to Washington State's 13.

Arizona was without starting forward Shannon Taylor, who sprained ligaments in her right knee last week in the Wildcats' loss to the UCLA Bruins. Taylor will be out indefinitely. Sophomore Jennifer Ginsberg replaced Taylor.

"We do not have a lot of depth there at the forward position and she played extremely well earning a starting spot as of now," Fraser said.

The Wildcats will play Oregon State on Thursday afternoon at 2:30 at Pima Community College's Aztec Field.

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