Liszewski makes 16 saves as UCCS ties Western Washington
COLORADO SPRINGS â€" Adam Liszewski never saw that one coming.
On a night when Liszewski had the most saves by a University of Colorado at Colorado Springs goalkeeper since 1995, it was an own goal that robbed the Mountain Lions of a win, forcing them to settle for a 1-1 tie with the Western Washington Vikings Saturday evening at Mountain Lion Stadium.
Liszewski stopped 16 Viking shots, second in the UCCS records book only to Greg Meyerâ€TMs 20 on Sept. 10, 1995.
â€œIt feels, actually, pretty good,â€ said Liszewski of his place in the records book.
What didnâ€TMt feel good was the one shot that Liszewski failed to stop which came, quite literally, from where he least expected it. While trying to clear the ball, UCCS defender Ryan Buttner misplayed his header attempt, instead redirecting it past Liszewski for an own goal.
The Mountain Lions took the lead in the 16th minute when Jordan Dahlinger sent a perfect pass to Donny Stone, who making a far-post run. Receiving the ball in stride, Stone one-timed it past Western Washington goalkeeper Cameron Copps-Tilley.
â€œIt was a great goal,â€ said Dahlinger. â€œI saw (Stone) making that run; I looked up before I passed it. He kept his discipline and found the back of the net.â€
It was both Stoneâ€TMs first goal and Dahlingerâ€TMs first assist of the season. The goal gave the Mountain Lions (2-5-2) their first lead in 395 minutes, 47 seconds.
UCCS would hold the lead, albeit under considerable pressure. Western Washington (4-3-2) swarmed the UCCS zone, launching 18 second-half shots and 37 for the match. The pressure paid off in the 73rd minute with the own goal.
â€œThey definitely outshot us,â€ said UCCS coach Henry Ellis, â€œbut we were willing to give up the shots that we let them have because they werenâ€TMt crazy percentage shots.â€
Despite the quantity of the Western Washington attempts, UCCS owned the quality. In the first overtime periods, Dahlinger had a shot go barely wide, grazing the goalpost. With less than two minutes remaining in the second overtime, Jeff Bettner headed in a Greg Miley corner kick but it was waived off because of a foul.
â€œI guess they called undersweeping the goalie,â€ said Dahlinger. â€œIt was a tough tie for us.â€
â€œIf you count the actual true (scoring) chances in the match, we definitely had the better of them,â€ said Ellis. â€œThe bottom line right now is we played with a lot of discipline, everyone played their roles.
â€œWeâ€TMve just got to put the ball in the back of the net.â€
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