Penalty kick gives CSU-Pueblo the win
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs soccer coach Flavio Mazzetti needs a snake-bite kit. Industrial size.
Ryan Creagor scored on a penalty kick in the 26th minute to lead the Colorado State-Pueblo Thunderwolves to a 1-0 victory over the Mountain Lions Wednesday night at Sand Creek Stadium. The loss continued a string of freakish misfortune for CU-Colorado Springs.
â€œI thought we played well â€" we definitely possessed the ball and outshot them,â€ said Mazzetti. â€œItâ€TMs been an unkind season.â€
Thatâ€TMs an understatement. The Mountain Lions (2-9-0, 1-6-0 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) have lost three matches to penalty kicks and one to an own goal. Seven of their nine losses have been by a one-goal margin, including four by 1-0 scores.
Wednesday, Tommy Lauhoff took a pass inside the penalty area just wide of the right post. He dribbled in front of the net, about 15 yards out, trying to shake CU-Colorado Springs defender Eric Foulk. A second Mountain Lions defender, Brian Thatcher, converged on Lauhoff and Foulk was able to clear the ball away. Lauhoff, however, tumbled to the ground and referee Ben Shauf awarded CSU-Pueblo (7-4-1, 5-2-0 RMAC) the penalty kick.
â€œWeâ€TMre just waiting for things to turn around, keeping our heads up and playing strong,â€ said Mazzetti. â€œWe are definitely staying positive, but itâ€TMs disappointing to lose.â€
The Thunderwolves came very close to not needing Lauhoffâ€TMs theatrics. In the eighth minute, Yasuke Ota was able to get into a one-on-one situation with CU-Colorado Springs goalkeeper Chris Hovasse. Otaâ€TMs shot was well aimed at the far post, but Hovasse made an acrobatic diving stop.
The CSU-Pueblo had two other close calls thwarted. In the 56th minute, Andrew Jensen beat Hovasse but had his shot stopped at the goal line by a pair of CU-Colorado Springs defenders. In the 81st minute, Lauhoff got off a point-blank shot that Hovasse was able to block.
Those close calls were not necessarily indicative of how the match was played, though. The Mountain Lions outshot CSU-Pueblo 13-7, forcing Thunderwolves goalkeeper Mike Muravez to make seven saves. In the final 10 minutes, CU-Colorado Springs lived in the Thunderwolvesâ€TM penalty area, throwing crossing passes in front of Muravez, but the Mountain Lions were unable to find the net â€" or draw a call.
â€œItâ€TMs been a struggle of a season,â€ said Mazzetti. â€œThe guys are playing well enough to win every game.
â€œWeâ€TMre just waiting for that moment of magic to turn us around.â€
UCCS Players/Staff Featured
|Additional News Stories|
|October 31, 2004||Mountain Lions end season with win||Two days after suffering their most disappointing loss of the season, the Mountain Lions rebounded to gain their most satisfying victory.|
|October 29, 2004||Loss to Colorado Christian a new low||What has been a painful season for the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs soccer program got decidedly worse Friday as the Mountain Lions blew a two-goal lead and lost to the Colorado Christian Cougars 4-3 at Lakewood, Colo.|
|October 24, 2004||Regis tops UCCS in foul-marred match||An old saying reminds that all good things must come to an end. Mercifully, so do bad things. Or, more accurately, ugly things.|
|October 22, 2004||No. 24 Metro State spoils Hovasse's 10-save effort||Chris Hovasse and the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs soccer team deserved better than they got Friday night.|
|October 17, 2004||Offense emerges in win||That noise you heard coming from the northeast part of Colorado Springs was the University of Colorado at Colorado Springsâ€™ offense finally getting its wake-up call.|