Mountain Lions Play Even with Falcons Until the End
For 88 minutes and 14 seconds, the NCAA Division II University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Mountain Lions were the equal of the Division I Air Force Falcons.
Playing in an unconventional format in which the teams played four 25-minute periods instead of the normal two 45-minutes halves, the Mountain Lions and the Falcons stood scoreless through three periods. Then, at the 88:47 mark, Air Force junior Paul Gagliardi broke the tie after taking a pass from Thomas Clark.
Clark would add a pair of goals in the game's final minutes as Air Force's superior conditioning combined with the inexperience of the freshmen and transfer students that Mountain Lions coach Eddy Dietz had inserted into the game to lift the Falcons to a 3-0 decision.
"It was a good test for us," said UCCS defenseman Justin Behar. "They're a Division I team and we hung with them for nearly 90 minutes."
Air Force outshot UCCS 10-2 during the decisive final period.
Clark scored the Falcons' second goal at 90:55, when Mountain Lions goalkeeper Mike Archuleta stopped Clark on a breakway only to watch helplessly as Clark collected the rebound and scored. Clark added a final goal with 11 seconds remaining.
"The flow of the game was pretty even until the end," Behar said. "We believe we can play with any team in the nation.
"We can only go forward from here."
|Additional News Stories|
|October 28, 2001||UCCS tops Colorado College, while tie in Pueblo sends UCCS to fifth straight playoff appearance||James Bisgard knocked in a Courtney Miller crossing pass with less than 4 minutes remaining as the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Mountain Lions defeated cross-town rival Colorado College 2-1 Sunday at 4-Diamonds Sports Complex.|
|October 27, 2001||Mountain Lions stun No. 17 Fort Lewis 1-0||Perhaps it's because it has been such a bitter season for the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs soccer team that Saturday was so sweet.|
|October 14, 2001||Mountain Lions fall to Regis in second overtime|
|October 12, 2001||Goalkeepers dominate in scoreless draw||The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Mountain Lions (3-7-2, 2-5-1 RMAC) and the Metro State Roadrunners (8-5-2, 3-4-1) combined to launch 40 shots Friday afternoon at 4-Diamonds Sports Complex, but none were able to get past UCCS goalkeeper Mike Archuleta or his Metro State counterpart, Eric Butler, as the teams played through two overtimes to a scoreless draw.|
|September 14, 2001||D'Alessandro leads Orediggers to overtime victory over CU-Colorado Springs||Nico D'Alessando was in the right place at the right time Friday night at 4 Diamonds Sports Complex in Colorado Springs.|