UCCS tops Colorado College, while tie in Pueblo sends UCCS to fifth straight playoff appearance

By Doug Fitzgerald published October 28, 2001

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.

But the game that mattered more wsa being played in Pueblo, where Metro State and Southern Colorado battled to a 1-1 draw, leaving Metro State with three wins and three ties for 12 points in the standings. The Mountain Lions finished conference play with a win over Fort Lewis on Saturday, giving UCCS four wins a tie for 13 points.

The Mountain Lions are going to the playoffs. Some way, somehow, in a season that seemed all but lost, coach Eddy Dietz and his team will make their fifth straight RMAC playoff appearance.

On Sunday, Miller chased down the ball at the rigth side of the Colorado College penalty area, faked going goalward, then spun the other way and found Bisgard, who was making a run on the far post. Miller's pass hit Bisgard in stride and he drilled the ball past Tiger goalkeeper Jon Holdorf.

Colorado College took the lead in the 15th minute, when Kevin Vicente headed the ball past UCCS goalkeeper Mike Archuleta after a superb crossing pass by Martin Quinn.

The Mountain Lions answered 10 minutes later. Ryan Slaughter dribbled down the left side, then juked to his right to turn his defender around. His shot from 20 yards away caught Holdorf by suprise.

An altercation in the game's 87th minute left UCCS a man down after freshman midfielder Patrick Brannan was issued a red card. Colorado College's Mike Gossen committed a hard foul that sent UCCS' James Bisgard to the turf. Brennan shoved Gossen off of Bisgard, then muttered a profanity at the official when he was issued a yellow card on the play. Gossen also received a yellow card.

Despite the man advantage, the Tigers were unable to mount a serious scoring threat in the final minutes.

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