Mountain Lions shut out Colorado Christian, sets new school scoring mark

By Alex Sommers published October 1, 2010

Colorado Springs - The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs beat the Colorado Christian Cougars 3-0 giving freshman goalkeeper, Kelly Schroeder her third shutout of the season.

It was apparent from the kickoff that UCCS was going to be successful, they constantly bombarded the CCU keeper and just seven minutes into the game got a goal from junior, Julia Saenz. The ball rarely crossed midfield into Mountain Lion territory. The Mountain Lions completely controlled the momentum until with just twenty-five minutes left in the first half when the Cougars recorded their first two shots of the game.

UCCS quickly gained the upper hand again when Coach Ridenour sent in reinforcements. One person that she sent in was Ashley Hooper who put the Mountain Lions up 2-0 at the end of the first half on a penalty kick. It was her third goal of the season including a two-goal game earlier this year against McMurry.

It was more of the same the second half with UCCS outshooting the Cougars 20 to 11. The icing on the cake came with three minutes remaining when Kristin Preble passed ahead to Sara Palizzi for a shot that was blocked by CCU keeper, Liana Singnorile and immediately put in the back of the net by Candice Buckles. It was Buckles' first goal of the season.

"It was fantastic and exciting (getting my first goal)," said Buckles.

This was also a big win for another Mountain Lion, Student Coach, Ashley Armstrong. Last season she was the goalie for UCCS and saw her playing career come to an end as she suffered a broken nose against Colorado Christian.

"Getting this win was definitely emotional after what happened last year," she said.

She wasn't the only happy coach though.

"We played really well, we did a great job playing our game and staying consistent throughout the entire game," said Ridenour. "We did really good at keeping the maturity and composure which is a big turnaround for us compared to some of the other games we've played."

With the three goals, the Mountain Lions broke their single-season scoring record. UCCS now has 23 goals this season. The previous record was 21; UCCS tallied 21 goals in each of the past two years after beginning its women's soccer program for the 2008 season and with nine games remaining, this year's Mountain Lions will continue to rewrite the record books.

The Mountain Lions improve to 6-3 and have a much deserved week off before starting a three game road stint next Friday. They return home on October 15th for a bout with New Mexico Highlands and reigning RMAC player of the week, Amanda Rose Johnson.

UCCS Players/Staff Featured

Kristin PrebleKristin Preble23D/M
Ashley ArmstrongAshley Armstrong1GK
Candice BucklesCandice Buckles27M/F
Ashley HooperAshley Hooper25MSo
Kelly SchroederKelly Schroeder1GKFr.
Julia SaenzJulia Saenz4FJr.
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