Before the season started, Tony Amato gathered the Arizona Wildcats in the locker room for a team meeting.
There was something he had to address.
The Pac-12 preseason poll had just been released and Arizona was picked to finish ninth in the conference.
They finished seventh the year before. Something wasn’t right.
“A lot of times those polls come out and it looks a lot like the year before,” Amato said. “And I think the message that was sent was we finished seventh and got worse in the offseason.
“And I just wanted to remind [our team] that that’s not what we’re doing. We’re not getting worse from last fall till now. We’re getting better each and every time out and it’s important that we keep that in mind.”
Arizona has moved in the standings since last season, but in the opposite direction than projected.
The Wildcats are currently sixth in the Pac-12, with a 2-2-1 conference record (5-4-3 overall) — and that’s including the fact they’ve already played the top four teams in the conference.>
Source : https://www.azdesertswarm.com/soccer/2017/10/12/16464868/arizona-wildcats-womens-soccer-defying-expectations-in-2017-ncaa-tournament-rankings-ucla