Column: Wildcats prove they can be Pac-12 title contender

The Wildcats walked off the field with faces of despair as Stanford celebrated a game-winning goal after a period of extra time. The ‘Cats battled with the fifth-ranked team in the country for 102 minutes, and were a goal away from capturing the best win in program history, but instead came away empty handed. “We were expecting it to be a hard game, but we gave it our all, and it’s disappointing that it didn’t go our way,” said Arizona forward Gabi Stoian. It was a heartbreaking defeat, yet at the same time, the team’s dissatisfaction also displays the transformation that Arizona soccer is currently going through. For a program that had lost nearly two-thirds of its games and nearly 80 percent of its conference games coming into this season, taking a top-five team into overtime would seem to be a noteworthy accomplishment in its own right.  “I think it’s changed in the fact that, maybe years ago, if you have a losing team, they look at that as a win,” said Arizona head coach Tony Amato. Since Amato took over as the head coach in 2013, however, Arizona is not what one would consider a losing team. Read more

No. 5 Stanford soccer tops No. 17 Arizona in OT

No. 17 Arizona women’s soccer was hoping for a sweep of the Bay Area schools after beating California on Friday when it took on No. 5 Stanford on Sunday morning. The Cardinal ended up beating the Wildcats 3-2 in extra time. Read more