Freshman's scoring boosts UCCS past Dana
Freshman Bryan Stoeber had a goal and an assist for the second consecutive match as the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs routed the Dana Vikings 3-0 Friday at Salt Lake City.
James Bjorklund earned his second consecutive shutout in goal for the Mountain Lions while making only one save as the UCCS defense kept the ball in the Dana end. The Mountain Lions (2-0) have outscored their first two opponents 7-0.
â€œWe were strong today,â€ said UCCS coach Flavio Mazzetti by phone. â€œWe came out and set the tempo early. We were moving the ball very well.â€
The Mountain Lions opened the scoring in the 17th minute when Stoeber found Matt Eshbach closing towards the penalty area. Eshbach collected the pass and was tripped up by a Dana defender, but the senior from Liberty High School managed to keep his balance â€" and possession of the ball â€" and blasted it into the net.
Less than two minutes later it looked like instant replay. This time Stoeber got the pass from Juan Nolasco with an open net in front of him. He was unable to keep his balance after a hard Dana tackle, however.
â€œStoeber made a nice play on the ball,â€ said Mazzetti. â€œHe probably would have gotten the goal if he hadnâ€TMt been fouled.â€
The Mountain Lions nonetheless got the goal when Eric Foulk converted on the subsequent penalty kick.
â€œFoulk just buried the PK,â€ said Mazzetti.
Stoeber factored into the final goal as well. In the 65th minute, the Widefield graduate made an early run in his own half and defender Art Cutter spotted it. Cutterâ€TMs pass went over the top of the overcommitted Vikings, Stoeber tracked it down and found himself one-on-one with goalkeeper Kurtis Kraatz. Stoeber beat Kraatz with a low shot to the far post.
Kraatz made six saves for Dana (0-2).
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