UCCS ties with No. 15 Metro State
With the help of forward Matt Friesen and goalie Adam Liszewski, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs tied 2-2 with No. 15-ranked Metro State Friday afternoon at Mountain Lion Stadium.
The Roadrunners (4-1-1, 1-0-1 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) have dominated the Mountain Lions in recent years, winning the past nine matches between the two teams. The last time UCCS (2-4-1, 0-2-1 RMAC) hasnâ€TMt seen a loss from Metro State was back in Sept. 7, 2003, when the Mountain Lions won 2-0.
â€œWe knew that if weâ€TMre healthy and we stay as a team and battle, weâ€TMre going to come out with positive results,â€ said UCCS coach Henry Ellis. â€œThatâ€TMs exactly what happened today and fortunately it was against a top 25 team in the country.â€
The Mountain Lions got off to a slow start, allowing the first goal within the first 15 minutes of the game. Metro Stateâ€TMs Ola Sandquist passed the ball through the defense to find Kellen Johnson, who deflected the ball off of the hands of Liszewski to make it 1-0.
Twelve minutes later, Roadrunner Kellen Johnson passed the ball through the Mountain Lion defense to Mike Martinez to score the second goal for Metro State with 18:04 remaining in the first half.
â€œThe first half we started off a little slow, a little sluggish, (and) it took us a while to kind of get into it,â€ said Friesen. â€œHalftime we really got fired up and came back out just played a lot harder, got stuck in, and then snuck in a few goals and got back in it.â€
The second half was a different story for the Mountain Lions. Nineteen minutes into the second half and after a Metro State foul, UCCS was able to set up a set play that started with a free kick from Jaron Stewart to find Friesen, who kicked it into the left corner of the net to make it 2-1.
Nine minutes later, after another foul by Metro State, Stewart was again able to find Friesen for a header past the Roadrunnerâ€TMs goalie Ryan Vickery to tie the game at 2-2.
â€œIt felt good to score,â€ said Friesen who got a career-high two goals Friday. â€œWe needed somebody to step up and I felt like that needed to be me today, so I just tried to do what I could to get them in.â€
Doing so would send the game into two overtimes where the UCCS defense would hold onto the tie.
The Mountain Lion defense was anchored by Liszewski (2-4-1), who had a career-high 14 saves to tie for second in the UCCS records book for most saves per game.
â€œ(Liszewskiâ€TMs) a big piece of our puzzle and if Adam plays strong itâ€TMs going to be difficult for any team to come in and beat us,â€ said Ellis. â€œHe has definitely been training really hard (and) heâ€TMs improved so much.â€
Vickery (4-1-1) had five saves for Metro State to earn the tie.
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