The University of Arizona men’s club soccer team won the 2017 NIRSA National Tournament Open finishing 14-8-1 during its 2017 season. I sat down with head coach Erik Rhodes to discuss the season.
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Arizona soccer wrapped up their season on Friday, Nov. 17 suffering a 2-0 loss to Florida State in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Wildcats ended their rollercoaster season with a record of 11-5-4, and several individual accomplishments.
Arizona’s record breaking season comes to a close after a 2-0 defeat at the hands of the Florida State. The 'Cats junior goalkeeper Lainey Burdett's made five saves, two of which were extraordinary. Florida State’s goals came courtesy of Deyna Castellanos, one of the best players in college soccer and FIFA player of the year nominee.
Both of Arizona’s goals, scored in the last 15 minutes of the game, came because Arizona did the little things it needed to do to break down TCU’s defense.
Arizona Soccer gets set to take on TCU in tonight's NCAA Tournament opener at Mulcahy Stadium at 7:00 pm.
Arizona’s defense is a major reason for the Wildcats success this season. The coaches recognized that, voting goalkeeper Lainey Burdett and right back Morgan McGarry for All-Pac-12 Second Team. The pair make up half the players not on Stanford, UCLA, USC and Cal named to the First and Second Teams. Gabi Stoian was also named to the Third Team.
Lute Olson made his first men's Final Four appearance in the spring of 1988. The tournament was the Wildcats' first time playing in the national semifinal game. Sean Miller, today's University of Arizona men's basketball head coach, intends to reach his first Final Four exactly 30 years later.
The Arizona Wildcats men’s basketball team is the preseason favorite of many. While the distinction of being preseason No. 1 is quite an honor, it carries with it high expectations and even higher pressure. Assuming at some point during the season Arizona does, in fact, become No. 1, we ask the question: How have previous preseason No. 1’s fared?
The Arizona Wildcat soccer team was picked to finish ninth by the coaches collectively before the season started. Head coach Tony Amato did not let his players forget that fact throughout the course of the season.
Rocky Balboa chased a chicken around a pen for agility training. He looked ridiculous falling over something running aimlessly. This is a good metaphor for the way Arizona played against Arizona State on Thursday night in a 2-1 win.
The University of Arizona had legendary teams in the 1980s and 1990s. The Wildcats glory era started with a Fiesta Bowl appearance in 1979, continued with three bowl appearances in the ‘80s and six bowl appearances in the ‘90s.
Arizona soccer was unable to show their true talent Sunday afternoon, in a scoreless draw against the Colorado Buffaloes. They Wildcats played very poorly due to very little organization, which led to an inability to combine with each other. This forced UA to take on Colorado defenders one-on-one. Understandably, very few good shots came from this style of offense.
Arizona soccer is four games away from the NCAA soccer tournament. The Wildcats currently sit in the top 25 of the RPI rankings, and look to be in a position to host at least one postseason game. Most competitive teams at this point in the season have an identity. That being said, the Wildcats don't quite seem to have a preferred playing style.
The unranked Arizona Wildcats played the No. 1 team in the country, the UCLA Bruins, to a 2-2 draw after 110 minutes of play on Sunday afternoon. Goals from Hannah Clifford and Amanda Porter highlighted the game for the ‘Cats, along with a penalty save by Lainey Burdett.
Arizona soccer salvaged the weekend against No. 2 Stanford and No. 11 Cal escaping with a split, 1-1-0 record.