Soccer stays unbeaten in RMAC
Jeff Moore scored two goals and Marcus Reynolds had a goal and an assist as the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs soccer team defeated the Colorado State-Pueblo Thunderwolves 4-2 Wednesday evening at Sand Creek Stadium.
The Mountain Lions, who took a 4-0 lead over CSU-Pueblo in the new Steel and Silver Series, improved to 4-2, 3-0 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.
Reynolds opened the scoring for UCCS in the 24th minute when he took a pass from Matt Lay and drilled it into the upper right hand corner of the goal from 18 yards out.
The Thunderwolves struck back quickly. In the 31st minute CSU-Pueblo took a free kick from 25 yards out that deflected off a couple of UCCS defenders. Mark Thimm managed to collect the ball and send it to Ryan Creager, who slid it past UCCS goalkeeper Chris Hovasse.
â€œWe give up too many sloppy goals,â€ said UCCS defender Brian Best. â€œItâ€TMs something we need to learn to stop. If we want to go as far as weâ€TMd like to go, we canâ€TMt give up that kind of stuff.â€
Other than that, though, the UCCS defense was outstanding. The Thunderwolves managed only four shots in the first half and 12 in the game, a few of which were of poor quality after the fell behind and were pressing. Hovasse was obliged to make only three saves, though one was of highlight-reel quality.
â€œDefensively we were trying to absorb their pressure,â€ said Best. (We) let them come at us and let them make mistakes.â€
Reynolds and Moore executed a nifty give and go in the 38th minute. Mooreâ€TMs shot barely got by CSU-Pueblo goalkeeper Mike Baker (2-4).
Moore scored again at the 57:11 mark when he headed in a Juan Nolasco cross.
Just 1:27 later, UCCS made it 4-1 when Eric Foulk collected a deflection off a free kick and shuffled it to Jeff Halligan, who scored from 10 yards away.
â€œWe had a free kick on the right side and Eric was taking it,â€ said Halligan. â€œI was one-on-one with a guy about my size and I pointed to where I wanted the ball and he put it right there.â€
The Thunderwolves (2-4-1) added a goal in the 89th minute when Adam Hart launched a shot through a crowd of players. Hovasse never saw it coming.
The Mountain Lions have now scored 14 goals in six games this season. Last year, they didnâ€TMt get their 14th goal until Oct. 29 â€" their 16th game.
â€œWeâ€TMre possessing the ball better (than last year), thatâ€TMs for sure,â€ said Halligan. â€œWeâ€TMre definitely being a lot more aggressive in our offensive third.â€
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