Soccer wins RMAC opener
The goal scoring monkey is officially off the Mountain Lionsâ€TM back.
Marcus Reynolds scored two goals as the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs defeated the Colorado Christian Cougars 3-0 Friday in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference opener for both teams.
UCCS (2-2) has now scored nine goals in four games this season. In 2004, the Mountain Lions didnâ€TMt eclipse the nine-goal mark until Oct. 17 against Montana State-Billings, their 13th match of the season. A big reason for the dramatic improvement is that players have become more competent and comfortable in coach Flavio Mazzettiâ€TMs flowing style of play.
â€œWeâ€TMre playing smarter soccer,â€ said Reynolds, a sophomore from Liberty High School in Colorado Springs. â€œWeâ€TMre seeing the ball better and making nice combination plays that are getting us open.â€
After Matt Eshbach knocked in a Jeff Halligan pass to put the Mountain Lions up 1-0, Reynoldsâ€TM point was illustrated. In the 48th minute, Reynolds was the recipient of a great pass set up by savvy ball movement.
â€œIt was a great combination play and a beautiful through ball from Mark (Radvanczy),â€ said Reynolds. â€œHis pass split two defenders and found me open.â€
The goal provided a sigh of relief for Mazzetti.
"We didnâ€TMt have a very satisfactory warmup and we came out a little sluggish,â€ said Mazzetti. â€œ(The team) settled down at halftime and came out good in the second half.â€
Mazzetti also pointed out the play of his bench.
â€œEverybody on the roster played today and there was no drop in production when we substituted,â€ said Mazzetti. â€œIn most cases, the level of play even increased.â€
One of those substitutes contributed on UCCSâ€TM third goal, as Evan Neufeld redirected an air ball to Reynolds in the 52nd minute.
â€œEvan got a head on the ball and put it over the defender and me,â€ said Reynolds. â€œI was able to outrun the defender to the ball and got a good look at the goal with a couple of touches.â€
After that, it was up to the Mountain Lionsâ€TM defense to protect the 3-0 cushion. They did so decisively, limiting the Cougars (1-3) to only three shots and requiring goalkeeper Chris Hovasse to make only two saves to earn his first shutout of the season and the fifth of the seniorâ€TMs career.
â€œThe defense was pretty organized all day,â€ said defender Eric Foulk, the team captain. â€œWe kept the ball moving pretty well and kept the offense chasing us.â€
Fridayâ€TMs performance has the Mountain Lions looking forward to rather than being fearful of their Sunday afternoon match against Colorado School of Mines, which was 4-0 going into the Orediggersâ€TM Friday night match against Colorado State-Pueblo.
â€œWeâ€TMre pretty confident,â€ said Foulk. â€œWe think we have a better team than we had in the past. We have a lot of team unity and everybodyâ€TMs on the same page.â€
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