Metro State holds out longer in battle of difficult defenses

By Doug Fitzgerald published September 19, 2008

COLORADO SPRINGS - In a contest of two stingy defenses, it was the No. 14-ranked Metro State Roadrunners that remained uncracked in a 1-0 victory over the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Friday afternoon at Mountain Lion Stadium.

The Mountain Lions (2-3-1, 0-3 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) came into the match allowing just 0.77 goals per game, while Metro State (5-1-2, 2-0-1 RMAC) came in allowing 0.79 goals per game.

The match lived up to those numbers. Metro State managed only 14 shots, eight of which were on goal. UCCS had seven shots, six on goal.

"Kudos to them; they're great defenders," said UCCS forward Kristin Preble, who had two of the Mountain Lions' shots. "They're tough girls in the back and they're hard to get around; they position well. They know how to get the ball out wide and get it up the wings. We were struggling with that."

But the one that went in came as a result of a foul call when the Roadrunners were awarded a free kick from 23 yards out at the 51:39 mark.

"I don't know what the foul was," said UCCS goalkeeper Amie Kern. "You can't make mistakes that close to the goal."

Kern set up her defensive wall to protect the right post in the straight-on attempt. The Roadrunners, meanwhile, had their attackers heading for the same post. With the field unbalanced as it was, Jaimie Stephenson drilled the ball into the opposite top corner, her second score of the season.

"(Stephenson) struck the ball perfectly," said Kern. "I had to play a little closer to my near post than I wanted to. It was a great shot; give her credit."

From that point on, the Mountain Lions worked to push the ball forward but were consistently thwarted by the Roadrunner defenders. It didn't help that UCCS was without stopper Jelisa Guy, who was injured in Sunday's match against Mesa State. Guy was not only an integral part of the defense, but she was also tied for the team lead with two goals scored.

"It's hard when you lose a good player like (Guy) in the middle, but people are stepping up real good for us," said Kern.

Becca Maloney (5-0-2) made six saves to record her fourth shutout of the season. Kern made seven saves in the losing effort for UCCS.

The Mountain Lions have now lost three straight after starting the season 2-0-1. UCCS has score just one goal in its past four matches.

"We still have a long way to go, but if we keep making strides, it will come," said Kern. "It stinks to lose these games, but we know that teams are looking out for us."

UCCS Players/Staff Featured

Jelisa GuyJelisa Guy10M/F
Amie KernAmie Kern1GK
Kristin PrebleKristin Preble23D/M
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