Soccer: Regis takes advanage of opportunities
The Regis Rangers prevailed 4-1 Friday afternoon over the UCCS Mountain Lions behind a patient and precise offensive attack.
The Rangers (4-1-1, 3-0-1 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) attacked the Mountain Lion defense with a poise, scoring four goals in seven shots, with the first three coming in the first 24 minutes.
Nathan Kafer opened the scoring for Regis in the 11th minute by connecting with a long Aaron Mejia pass. The goal was Kafer's fifth of the season. Kafer would come back to hurt the Mountain Lions 10 minutes later.
In the 21st minute Kafer sent a free kick from 40 yards out into the Mountain Lion box. Goalkeeper Michael Bergren (0-2) was caught out of position and Danny Terrill was able to deflect the ball into the goal.
Regis made it 3-0 2:34 later on Tyler Waggoner's 35-yard lob shot over the outstretched hands of Bergren.
The Mountain Lions didn't quit though, narrowing the lead to just two in the 40th minute when Jeff Bettner found the back of the net.
"I touched the ball up to [Bryan] Stoeber. He played me a one-touch and I was able to find the side netting," said Bettner. "[Stoeber] had a great touch on that play."
Despite a halftime lead the Rangers didn't let up scoring in the 56th minute to put the game out of reach for the Mountian Lions (1-5, 1-3 RMAC).
Trevor Steege (3-0-1) posted five saves for the Rangers before being replaced by backup Eric Lamar for the final 24:30.
"They were moving the ball around extremely well today," said UCCS defender Jeff Gerali. "[To be successful in the RMAC] you have to work for balls, and that's what they did today."
The Mountain Lions outshot the Rangers 13-7. However, the Rangers took advantage of their opportunites, something a young Mountain Lion team will learn over time. The Mountain Lions' roster is full of young talent including 16 freshmen and zero seniors.
"We are a little inexperienced but I do believe we can still get back into it in the second half of the season," said Gerali.
The Mountain Lions hope to rebound against Metro State Sunday at 1 p.m. at Mountain Lion Stadium.
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