Friesen scores twice as Mountain Lions shut out Colorado Christian
COLORADO SPRINGS - Matt Friesen scored two goals, both assisted by Mike Mason, as the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs snapped its three-match losing streak with a 3-0 victory over the Colorado Christian Cougars Friday afternoon at Mountain Lion Stadium.
â€œWe just knew we had to be patient, and our time was going to come,â€ said UCCS coach Henry Ellis about busting the losing streak.
With the win, UCCS improved to 4-6-1, 2-4-1 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. Colorado Christian fell to 2-10-1, 0-7 in the RMAC.
UCCS threatened often in the first half, notching several near misses. Shots by Friesen and Mason went off the crossbar and another by Friesen required a brilliant save by Colorado Christian goalkeeper Jared Jacobs. On one other occasion, Jacobs was barely able to punch away a ball that had bounced over him.
Those close calls proved to be a measuring up process as UCCS finally put one in at the 39:25 mark. Mason sent a crossing pass from the left wing toward Friesen, who was shielded from the goal by a Cougar defender. Friesen tip[ed the pass behind the defender and cut hard left to gain himself just enough room to launch a left-footed shot from 12 yards out. The ball sailed into the upper left corner.
â€œMatt Friesen always does a good job for us,â€ said Ellis. He was able to get a couple for us today, which was good for us. He just worked all day today.
â€œHeâ€TMs just got that hungry attitude, he never switches off. Heâ€TMs just got that â€˜I want to be first attitude.â€TM When he has success on the field, we have success on the field.â€
Just over five minutes later, a crossing pass from Aaron Brandt missed Friesen, who was making a run straight toward the goal. Donny Stone, who was making a far-post run, tracked down the rolling ball and, instead of gathering it or passing it backward to the midfielders coming up in support, pivoted hard and launched a shot from an extreme angle. The ball rolled through the narrow window and into the goal.
Friesen and Mason connected again at the 69-minute mark. Mason's crossing pass found the foot of Friesen, who knocked it in bottom right.
The Mountain Lions outshot Colorado Christian 26-8. Adam Liszewski made two saves to record his second shutout of the season. Jacobs made nine save in the losing effort for the Cougars.
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