Mountain Lions home schedule comes to disappointing end

By Alex Sommers published October 31, 2010

Colorado Springs - The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs lost 2-1 to Mesa State in double overtime in their last regular season game of the season.

UCCS came out of the gate hard and so did Mesa. Both teams bombarded the opposing keepers all afternoon. It was UCCS who got the first goal of the game. It came off of a beautiful cross from Jessica Escobedo that was deflected by a Mesa player's head for an own goal.

After Mesa State scored on themselves in the twenty fourth minute, the score remained 1-0 and it looked like UCCS was going to be riding a two-game winning streak into the playoffs. That just wasn't in the cards for the Mountain Lions though. In the 72nd minute, Kaitlynn Holt tied the game at one with an unassisted goal from about five yards out.

The game was still tied at the end of regulation, forcing overtime. By this point the game had become quite physical, there were five yellow cards given out. Through all of this, the score was stuck at 1-1, so a second overtime was necessary.

When there was only one minute and thirty seconds until the game would go down as a tie, Kelly Parkhurst ended the game with a direct kick from 35 yards out that went over the goalie's head and sent the whole Adams State team running onto the field.

"The game got very chippy, very physical." said UCCS coach Nichole Ridenour after the match, "We weren't really expecting that kind of game today, but I think the girls came together very well and started standing up for each other.

"This is maybe even a good thing for us going into the playoffs, made the girls wake up and realize what we are walking into."

It was a disappointing loss for the Mountain Lions but they had already clinched a playoff spot and couldn't gain or lose ground with a win or loss. It just ended up being a very hard fought warm up game, a game where Ridenour was able to get nearly the whole team playing time and the starters some well-deserved rest. In all, 21 UCCS players got to see significant field time.

The Mountain Lions are ranked sixth in the RMAC tournament and are looking forward to their playoff debut against #3 New Mexico Highlands on November 3rd. The winner of that match moves on to play the second seed, the Fort Lewis Skyhawks, in the semifinals.

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