Goalkeepers dominate in scoreless draw

By Doug Fitzgerald published October 12, 2001

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.

Archuleta made nine saves and Butler made eight as the keepers took turns thwarting scoring chances.

Archuleta made a stop of a point-blank shot by Metro's Juan Jimenez midway through the second half that preserved the tie for the Mountain Lions.

"(Jimenez) squeaked through the defense then got a quick touch," said Archuleta. "I stuck out my hand and, luckily, the ball stuck."

But luck had little to do with a pair of fingertip saves and two diving saves, all of which could have given Metro the win.

But on the other end of the field, Butler was equally impressive. He barely got a hand on an Adam Ewig drive and deflected it inches wide of the goal and made several other saves that bordered upon spectacular.

The Mountain Lions best scoring chance came early in the second half when Norwegian midfielder Martin Kristiseter outfought a pair of Metro State defenders for the ball, then sent a hard shot goalward despite being off balance. The bounced off the post.

Metro State, which came into the match ranked fifth in the NCAA Division II Midwest Region, had its best chance when a penalty kick was awarded with less than 3 minutes remaining. Jiminez's attempt went over the crossbar.

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