Penalty kick on disputed foul gives Indians controversial win
For the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, it was 90 minutes of nothing.
At the end of the soccer match, the Gold still hadn't kicked the ball into the net.
Southern Colorado wasn't much better, but the Indian's didn't have to be.
SC's 1-0 victory Wednesday afternoon at sunny Four-Diamond Complex was about as exasperating as a one-goal game can be.
The only score came off a penalty both teams questioned. Many players and coaches agree the tackle of SC's Iain Cameron probably was legal.
But Christian Williams converted the penalty kick with about 22 minutes remaining to provide SC with a 2-2 overall mark, 1-1 in the Colorado Athletic Conference.
"I went to the upper-right corner," Williams said, "but I was just trying to get the keeper (Ryan Herbig) to hesitate a little bit, then beat him."
UCCS suffered from a series of untimely lapses. Passes that were so accurate at midfield were errant near the goal mouth. Defenders who crumbled to their knees 40 yards from the net suddenly swiped possessions from surging forwards inside the box.
"We always played UCCS well before but always came up short," Williams said. "This time, we got a lucky break."
In the first half, the Gold, 1-2 overall and 1-1 in the CAC, carred the action to SC goalkeeper Mike Clark. But Clark and his nearby defense erected a barrier.
"We jelled in the second half," said SC senior forward Aaron Peluso. "All this time we had been playing as chiefs, but we came together as an Indian team.
"It means the world to beat these guys. I've been here three years and it's the first time we've defeated them. Three years. We were 0-6 before today. It's such a glorious feeling."
UCCS players were feeling fatigue. With fewer players on the Gold roster, the frustrated hosts had to make fewer substitutions than SC.
"Yeah, I was fatigued," said UCCS senior foward Torin Haskell. "I could be in better shape. The only way you can get in shape is by playing matches. That just takes time.
"By the time we get to play Colorado College (Sept. 29), we should be a lot better."
Gold coach Eddy Dietz said his team can't whine about the penalty kick. Lack of composure when shooting decided the contest.
"We had five sure shots and got nothing," he said. "Give Pueblo credit. They (the Indians) were in the game when it came time to win it."
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