No. 3 Fort Lewis holds off Mountain Lions

By Doug Fitzgerald & Patricia Cameron published October 30, 2009

COLORADO SPRINGS â€" The No. 3-ranked Fort Lewis Skyhawks remained unbeaten Friday evening with a 3-0 victory over the University Of Colorado at Colorado Springs at Mountain Lion Stadium.

Joe Barnd scored twice for the Skyhawks, who improved to 16-0, 13-0 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. Barnd now had seven goals in just 10 matches this season.

“They are number three in the country for a reason: because they can put them in the back of the net from anywhere," said UCCS coach Henry Ellis.

Although still a loss, the Mountain Lions showed great improvement from their previous match against Fort lewis - a 7-1 loss in Durango.

"We got a little more discipline on our set pieces, defending-wise, and that was the key," said Ellis. "Last time we played them we got a couple corners early on, and they scored on all of them. This time we said ‘Hey if theyâ€TMre gonna beat us, letâ€TMs make them run a play, not on a set-piece.'”

Abdel Becerra opened the scoring with a skillful goal in the 34th minute. He dribbled toward the goal and when UCCS goalkeeper Adam Liszewski came out to cut off the angle, Becerra chipped it over his head and into the net.

Barnd's first goal came in the 59th minute when he headed in a crossing pass by Dimo Krymanidis.

The Mountain Lions managed to increase the pressure, forcing Fort Lewis goalkeeper to make two of his three saves during an eight-minute span late in the second half. With just over five minutes remaining, Matt Friesen hit a shot that hit the crossbar.

“We had few chances, but they were quality chances," said Ellis. "That one off of the crossbar makes it 2-1, and that makes it a lot more exciting.“

But exerting the extra pressure came with a price. With more players pushed forward, Barnd was able to convert a far-post shot from the left side with less than three minutes remaining.

Liszewski made seven saves in the losing effort for UCCS (7-10-1, 4-8-1 RMAC).

Partly by design and partly because of the toll taken by injuries, UCCS is closing its season by getting a lot of youngsters considerable playing time.

“Weâ€TMre young; we have seven sophomores starting and a freshman," said Ellis. "For those guys to get quality minutes against a team like this so early into their careers itâ€TMs gonna be huge when they get to be seniors.”

UCCS Players/Staff Featured

Adam LiszewskiAdam Liszewski24GK
Adam LiszewskiAdam Liszewski24GK
Adam LiszewskiAdam Liszewski24GK
Adam LiszewskiAdam Liszewski24GK
Additional News Stories
November 17, 2009Stewart and Friesen both namedsecond-team Daktronics All-Central RegionJaron Stewart and Matt Friesen of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs were both named second-team Daktronics All-Central Region, which was announced Tuesday.
November 11, 2009College exposure camp on tapThe University of Colorado at Colorado Springs men's soccer program will be holding a college exposure camp on Dec. 12 from noon-3 p.m.
November 8, 2009CSU-Pueblo beats Mountain Lions in final match of the seasonCOLORADO SPRINGS – Sunday's men's soccer match at Mountain Lion Stadium made a lot of sense.
November 5, 2009Stewart, Friesen and Miley all named second-team All-RMACJaron Stewart, Matt Friesen and Greg Miley of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs were all named second-team All-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, the RMAC announced Thursday.
November 1, 2009Mountain Lions get win on Senior DayCOLORADO SPRINGS - Michael Flynn's first career goal proved to be the game-winner as the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs defeated the Mesa State Mavericks 2-1 Sunday afternoon at Mountain Lion Stadium.
Visit our Facebook pageVisit the UCCS Mount Lion's Twitter pageVisit the UCCS Mountain Lions Youtube pageVisit UCCS Rss feeds