Mountain Lions topple No. 23 Colorado Mines in second overtime
COLORADO SPRINGS - An own goal in the second overtime lifted the University of Colorado Colorado Springs to a 3-2 victory over the No. 23-ranked Colorado School of Mines Orediggers Friday afternoon at Mountain Lion Stadium.
Mathew Cox dribbled down the right side and sent a waist-high crossing pass toward Mash Shaswar, who was making a run straight down the middle. Before the senior from London, England, could put it in, however, a Mines defender dove between Shaswar and the ball in an attempt to head it away. Instead of striking the side of the defender's head, the ball hit the top and caromed straight into the back of the net.
When these same two teams met on Sept. 18 in Golden, Mines won on a goal in the 85th minute. On Friday, UCCS evened the score by netting the winning goal in the 107th minute. The score of both matches was the same.
It was the second straight win and the third in the past four matches for the Mountain Lions, who improved to 8-6 overall and 6-4 in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play. It was also UCCS' second overtime win in three tries this season.
It was Shaswar that set up the first goal of the match in the 18th minute, sending a perfect crossing pass across the Oredigger goal to Gabriel Causse, who was making a far-post run. Mines goalkeeper Manville Strand, who made six saves, never had a chance.
"Mash did all the work," said Causse, basking in the glow of his first goal of the season. "He was on the right side, cut back in and crossed from his left. I just had to touch it a little and change the direction of the ball."
Ten minutes later, Philip Wilson tied the match from 18 yards out after a perfect crossing pass by Tesho Akindele. The Orediggers scored again seven minutes later as Alex Gunberg took advantage of a UCCS turnover at midfield and found himself one-on-one with UCCS goalkeeper Brandon Costa.
"They have a handful of players that are just so good and so talented," said UCCS coach Henry Ellis. "They're very dangerous when they get the ball and get it running. That happened for them twice today and they were able to put two away."
That changed after the break as UCCS dominated the second half, outshooting the Orediggers 13-3.
"We locked down in the second half and didn't let their forwards to have that kind of creativeness," said Ellis. "I think we did a really great job of that and we were able to battle back and get a great W today for the Mountain Lion program."
The road to that W started when Brett Drefs converted one of those second-half shots into the tying goal in the 62nd minute. UCCS' Carlos Verdugo got his head on a corner kick and knocked it off the crossbar. Drefs was there to head in the rebound.
The Mountain Lions owned a 6-0 shots advantage in the first overtime and even bounced another shot off the crossbar but couldn't get the game-winner.
Both teams were aggressive in the second overtime, pushing extra players forward at every opportunity, but neither could put a shot on frame until Cox's crossing pass was inadvertently knocked in.
"I thought we really did a good job right from the beginning," said Ellis. "We came out with a little energy, possessed the ball, swung it around well and had a couple of good looks."
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