10:58 AM EDT, Thu September 20, 2018
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What makes Pac-12 soccer so special? Let’s ask Arizona players and coaches

What makes Pac-12 soccer so special? Let’s ask Arizona players and coaches

The Pac-12 is the best conference in college soccer. Why? We asked Arizona players and coaches to find out. While the Pac-12 has lost its luster in basketball and football in recent years, it remains the crown jewel of women’s soccer, producing the sport’s champion in each of the past two seasons. Conference play is starting up this week, so I asked several Arizona players and coaches to outline what makes the Pac-12 so unique. Here’s what they had to say. The elite teams UA midfielder Kelcey Cavarra said playing against national champions “like every week” is what makes Pac-12...
12 hours ago
Arizona ‘excited’ to open Pac-12 volleyball season against ASU

Arizona ‘excited’ to open Pac-12 volleyball season against ASU

The Sun Devils visit McKale Center on Thursday Two of the biggest contests for any college team are their conference opener and their rivalry game. For Arizona volleyball, those contests have been combined every year since 2012, with the Wildcats opening yet another Pac-12 season against ASU on Thursday. “The in-state rivalry means maybe a little bit more than the others just because of what’s at stake,” Arizona head coach Dave Rubio said. Rubio and his players have talked about the need to look beyond the name on the jersey, but he has admitted on several occasions that it can be...
14 hours ago
WATCH: Tony Amato, Jill Aguilera preview Arizona’s Pac-12 opener at No. 1 Stanford

WATCH: Tony Amato, Jill Aguilera preview Arizona’s Pac-12 opener at No. 1 Stanford

Pac-12 soccer is back The Arizona Wildcats soccer team is set to head to Palo Alto on Friday to open Pac-12 play against the No. 1 Stanford Cardinal. The Wildcats (7-1) have won seven in a row and find themselves ranked 19th in the latest TopDrawerSoccer poll. The Cardinal, who are the defending national champions, enter at 7-0-1, loaded with the most talented roster in the sport. However, they had their 29-game winning streak snapped Sunday when they tied No. 7 Santa Clara, 1-1. Arizona played Stanford tough last season, falling 1-0 in Palo Alto. We caught up with UA head coach Tony Amato...
16 hours ago
Breaking down the Beavers: Q&A with Building the Dam

Breaking down the Beavers: Q&A with Building the Dam

Before Saturday’s matchup, Oregon State writer Joe Londergan answered some questions for us. The Oregon State Beavers and Arizona Wildcats came into the season with very different expectations. Nevertheless, the two will meet Saturday in Corvallis (1 p.m. PT, Pac-12 Networks) with very similar resumes in this young season. Before the game, we asked Joe Londergan, who writes for our sister site Building the Dam, about what we could expect from the Beavers on Saturday. Here’s our Q&A. We also answered questions about Arizona for them, and you can see that here. The Beavers and Wildcats...
18 hours ago
Touchback master Lucas Havrisik ‘not very happy’ with his placekicking

Touchback master Lucas Havrisik ‘not very happy’ with his placekicking

The Arizona Wildcats finally got a win last Saturday, defeating Southern Utah, 62-31. On special teams, placekicker Lucas Havrisik had a great game, going 2-for-2 on field goals and a perfect 8-for-8 on extra points. Thanks to Arizona’s high score, he also attempted 11 kickoffs, all of which went for touchbacks. Havrisik spoke to the media on Tuesday. Here is what he had to say. On kicking off 11 times in one game... “Yeah, I mean we just kept going and going, I was like ‘dang, we got another kick’...but, it was fun .. I’m not gonna lie I was pretty tired.” On if he keeps track...
21 hours ago
Arizona Wildcats in the NFL: Dane Cruikshank named AFC Special Teams Player of Week

Arizona Wildcats in the NFL: Dane Cruikshank named AFC Special Teams Player of Week

Cruikshank pulls off trick play, Gronk a non-factor, and more Week 2 of the NFL concluded with my Arizona Cardinals falling 34-0 to the Los Angeles Rams. It wasn’t a good feeling, but with Sunday comes multiple former Arizona Wildcats alumni in action as well so it’s not all bad! Let’s look how the former Wildcats performed this past weekend. Dane Cruikshank, DB, Tennessee Titans Result/Score: Home victory against Houston, 20-17 Game Stats: 2 tackles; 1 rec, 66 yds, 1 TD Season Stats: 3 tackles; 1 rec, 66 yds, 1 TD Game Notes: Cruikshank made a couple of tackles against the Texans...
22 hours ago
Converted safety Anthony Mariscal ‘grateful’ for touches at running back

Converted safety Anthony Mariscal ‘grateful’ for touches at running back

Redshirt junior had 60 yards and a TD vs. Southern Utah In his first three years with the Arizona Wildcats, Anthony Mariscal got on the field for nine games including a start as the “spur” safety in 2016. Each opportunity to play was a blessing, but he couldn’t help feeling like something was missing. Then last spring he realized what it was: the football, in his hands. A two-way star at Bakersfield’s Liberty High School, Mariscal realized how much he missing playing running back since coming to Tucson. And with Arizona going through a staff overhaul during the offseason he decided...
Sep 18, 2018
Brandon Randolph shows off 46.5-inch vertical

Brandon Randolph shows off 46.5-inch vertical

I guess he is taking the freshman-to-sophomore leap literally Brandon Randolph is making the freshman-to-sophomore leap — literally. The Arizona Wildcats guard posted a video of him reaching a max vertical of 46.5 inches on Tuesday. 46.5 pic.twitter.com/32gFcrclMk— Brandon Randolph (@brandolph902) September 19, 2018 It is impressive stuff, but we’ll see how it translates to the court this season. Randolph should be a key player for the Wildcats, who lost their entire starting five. The former four-star recruit averaged 3.7 points per game as a freshman, but could benefit from...
Sep 18, 2018
4-star wing Terry Armstrong has Arizona in Final 4

4-star wing Terry Armstrong has Arizona in Final 4

New Mexico, Oregon and Oklahoma are also in the mix The Arizona Wildcats are one of four finalists for four-star wing Terry Armstrong, he announced Tuesday on Twitter. The other three are New Mexico, Oregon and Oklahoma. The 6-foot-6 Armstrong is the No. 56 player in the 2019 class and No. 5 shooting guard, per 247Sports composite rankings. Top 4 pic.twitter.com/TK9b93pIH1— Terry Armstrong (@TerryTerry25) September 19, 2018 Armstrong is originally from Michigan, but attends Bella Vista Prep up the road in Scottsdale. He is ranked as the second-best player in Arizona behind UA...
Sep 18, 2018
Australian guard Tara Manumaleuga commits to Arizona

Australian guard Tara Manumaleuga commits to Arizona

She plays for the New Zealand national team When Adia Barnes took over the Arizona Wildcats women’s basketball program, she said she was willing to recruit anywhere. She really meant it. The Wildcats landed their third 2019 commitment Tuesday and it is yet another international prospect in the form of Australian point guard Tara Manumaleuga, who joins Latvian guard Mara Mote and Icelandic forward Birna Benonysdottir as future Wildcats. Manumaleuga’s commitment was first reported by Keli Moore, and I can confirm it as well. #CommitmentCentral - @ArizonaWBB has picked up a commitment...
Sep 18, 2018
Arizona’s offensive line improving, but still has ‘a long way to go’

Arizona’s offensive line improving, but still has ‘a long way to go’

Now that Layth Friekh is back, the unit is hoping to build some continuity The Arizona Wildcats’ offensive line was manhandled in the first two weeks of the season, particularly in the running game, but it showed marked improvement in Week 3 against Southern Utah. Sure, the Wildcats were playing an FCS team, so that was to be expected, but it was also the first time the unit was at full strength this season, too. Senior Layth Friekh returned from a two-game suspension and reclaimed his starting spot at left tackle. With his blindside protected, quarterback Khalil Tate threw for a...
Sep 18, 2018
How Arizona’s commits performed in Week 4

How Arizona’s commits performed in Week 4

Time to check in on the future of the Arizona football program The Arizona Wildcats got back on track last weekend, thumping Southern Utah 62-31 for their first win of the Kevin Sumlin era. The ‘Cats still have some things to work on as they head into conference play but the offense has started to find its rhythm. Speaking of rhythm, a few of Arizona’s commits have already established theirs and continued to dominate this past weekend. Let’s take a look at how each future Wildcat performed this past weekend. Grant Gunnell, QB, St. Pius X Result/Score: Away victory over Episcopal,...
Sep 18, 2018
Dave Rubio, Kendra Dahlke preview Arizona’s match vs. ASU

Dave Rubio, Kendra Dahlke preview Arizona’s match vs. ASU

Pac-12 play is here! The Arizona Wildcats volleyball team is set to open Pac-12 play Thursday at home against the Arizona State Sun Devils. The Wildcats (11-1) have won three straight and are led by senior outside hitter Kendra Dahlke, who overwhelmingly leads the team in kills this season (216). Arizona struggled in conference play last season, going 5-15. ASU, which enters Thursday’s match 9-3, went 0-20 (!) in the Pac-12 last season. Both teams are expected to improve this season, so Thursday’s match should be a competitive one — as are all UA-ASU sporting events. Dahlke and UA...
Sep 18, 2018
Texas A&M transfer Robert Congel not eligible for 2018

Texas A&M transfer Robert Congel not eligible for 2018

Throughout the summer, Arizona Wildcats coach Kevin Sumlin seemed hopeful that the NCAA would allow Texas A&M transfer Robert Congel to be eligible this season. That’s no longer the case. “That book has been closed,” Sumlin said of Congel during Tuesday’s Pac-12 teleconference. Congel, a 6-foot-3, 315-pound offensive lineman, transferred in July after redshirting his freshman season at Texas A&M. He was a walk-on with the Aggies, making it possible he could have become eligible this season rather than sit out a year per NCAA transfer rules. He was one of two former Sumlin player at...
Sep 18, 2018
First look at the Oregon State Beavers

First look at the Oregon State Beavers

Conference play is upon us The Arizona Wildcats have captured their first win of the season against Southern Utah. They will now head to Corvallis to open conference play against the Oregon State Beavers. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. PT and it will air on the Pac-12 Network. Let’s get to know a little bit more about OSU before then. First Look 2018 Record — 1-2; Week 1 loss at Ohio State (77-31), Week 2 win versus Southern Utah (48-25), Week 3 loss at Nevada (37-35) Key Offensive Players — Conor Blount/Jake Luton (QB), Jermar Jefferson (RB), Isaiah Hodgins (WR) Key Defensive...