Mountain Lions score early, hold on to shut out Adams State
COLORADO SPRINGS - Kristin Preble had a goal and an assist to lead the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs women's soccer team to a 3-0 victory over the Adams State Grizzlies Sunday at Mountain Lion Stadium.
Amie Kern made 10 saves in recording her fourth shutout of the season for the Mountain Lions (4-10-1, 2-7 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference). The win ended a three-game losing streak for UCCS, which had also lost 10 of its past 11.
UCCS came into Sunday's match intent on getting off more shots. The result was 35 shot attempts, 11 more than any other match this season, with 18 of those going on goal.
"One of our main goals was to have 30 shots on goal," said Ashley Collins, who was effective controlling the midfield for UCCS. "That was because we haven't been able to score very well. The only was you can win a game is to score."
UCCS did score despite the best efforts of Jasmine Burt, who made 15 saves for Adams State (1-15, 0-9 RMAC).
The Mountain Lions scored their quickest goal of the season as Preble floated one in just 1:17 into the match. The previous quickest goal came on Aug. 30, when UCCS scored at the 16:45 mark against Southwest Minnesota State.
"It really picked up our confidence level to score early," said Preble after Sunday's game.
Julia Saenz sent a crossing pass just beyond the top of the penalty area, when Preble tried to settle it but ended up chipping it off a bounce. The ball drifted barely beyond the reach of Burt, who was unable to retreat to the goal line in time to make the save.
"It was kind of lucky because I hit it while the defender hit me and just chipped the goalie, I guess," said Preble. "I saw Julia running down the line. I was trying to get in behind the defenders. She played me a ball that was a little bit high and I tried to get a touch on it so I could turn toward the goal."
Despite controlling the ball and launching 17 more shots, UCCS was unable to score again in the first period.
But that ended just 4:33 into the second half. Preble took a crossing pass about 40 yards from the goal, dribbled once and pushed a through pass to Josi Heer, who had gained a step on her defender. Heer, who was the UCCS track team's top pentathlete a season ago, maintained the positional advantage long enough to slide a shot into the lower left hand side of the goal.
"I saw Josi running up the line," said Preble. "I wanted to get her the ball, but I had to get around my defender first and then played it through."
The Mountain Lions scored the clincher with just over a minute remaining. Ashley Collins sent a perfect centering pass off a free kick from 40 yards out that Becca Scheele blasted in.
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