A zero of a weekend has the University of Arizona soccer team contemplating self-re-evaluation.
“A season has peaks and valleys. I hope this is our valley,” said Wildcat goalkeeper Chelsea McIntyre, victimized by a Cal Santa Barbara overtime rush and 1-0 victory against the host Cats Sunday night.
Losing by shutout scores of 2-0 (Friday against Cal State Northridge) and Sunday to non-conference opponents at home doesn’t have UA (6-4) reeling after a good start. Just stung a bit, according to London King.
“Right now, we might be a little disconnected,” King said. “The last two games we haven’t been able to keep possession. We didn’t get the ball to the forwards and they had nobody to support them.”
The visiting Gauchos became most aggressive when it counted. Genelle Ives received a pass in front of the goal from Kylie McDonald after McIntrye was drawn away and won the game away in the 96th minute.
“The girl ran free,” McIntyre said.
UCSB outshot Arizona 18-6, but the UA coach Dan Tobias said his team “had enough chances.”
The course won’t get easier with the Pac-10 schedule coming up, and that doesn’t include the next road test, at national power Santa Clara.
“We’ve had a bad patch,” said Tobias, “but this is a good group. We’ll regroup.”
UA volleyball falls short
The next time a match turns to a wild ride, the Arizona volleyball team vows to hold on the entire time.
“I thought we were celebrating like we won the match after Game 4 and that concerned me,” said UA coach Dave Rubio.
No. 9-ranked Washington came back in the fifth game to win 3-2. Scores were 25-22, 22-25, 25-21, 26-28, 15-8 at McKale Center on Saturday.
Arizona (11-2, 1-1) next hosts rival Arizona State (10-5, 1-1) at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
“We better be able to bounce back,” Rubio said. “It will be a test, a challenge for us, a challenge for a young team to not get wrapped up in an emotional loss.”
Brooke Buringrud, Stephanie Snow and Jacy Norton dominated the Huskies in the second game. The Cats led at one point 20-14 before Washington scrambled to even the match at 1-1.
The Huskies’ Becky Perry had strong net play for the winners with 19 kills, while Arizona’s Whitney Dosty had 17.
Nobody wants to hear the term “moral victory” but you can’t miss some Arizona positives – competing, serving and passing.
“You can only say that you’re encouraged so many times,” Rubio said. “I’d rather say ‘great win.’ ”
Buringrud sees maturity gained from a lesson learned.
“If you don’t execute at the end you don’t win,” she said. “No time to dwell on this game.”
UA softball wins two
Arizona won a pair of games Saturday, beating Yavapai 4-1 and Eastern Arizona 3-0.
Sarah Akaime and Lindsey Sisk pitched in both games, with each earning a win.
Victoria Kemp had two RBIs in the win over Yavapai.
The Wildcats next host the Arizona Fall Classic on Oct. 10-12 at Hillenbrand Stadium.
Pima football loses
The Aztecs fell to 0-4 with a 50-12 loss to New Mexico Military Institute. Pima hosts No. 18-ranked Eastern Arizona at 7 p.m. Saturday at Tucson High.