UCCS blinks first against #18 Fort Lewis, suffers first loss at home
The University of Colorado Colorado Springs stood toe-to-toe with nationally-ranked #18 Fort Lewis before losing 2-1 Friday evening at Mountain Lion Stadium.
While there may not have been any scoring in a back-and-forth first-half, UCCS wasted no time getting on the board in the second when Agnes Arnadottir scored off a corner from Julia Saenz in the 48th minute.
The goal gave UCCS the lead they had been looking for but it also awoke a Skyhawks offense that had been getting close to goal scoring territory itself.
The first-half advantage in total shots belonged to UCCS by a 9-7 margin as the Mountain Lions controlled much of the pace. The second-half however, saw that margin flip to 11-5 in favor of Fort Lewis.
Less then four minutes after the Mountain Lions took their 1-0 lead, Fort Lewis used a set piece of its own to even the count when Nicole Schumacher laced a ball into the top right corner from 35 yards out.
"Today's game was a little bit frustrating because we had a couple of our chances go across the face of the net and a couple opportunities for us to take the lead and we just missed it," said UCCS coach Nichole Ridenour.
Unable to regain its early defensive-form, UCCS allowed a second goal when Emma Cannis found the back of the net with a strike of her own in the 65th minute to seal the deal. Cannis' goal came on a fortuitous bounce off a ricochet after UCCS' keeper Kelly Schroeder poked away the initial shot.
Schroeder ended the night with six saves while opposing keeper Amanda Raso recorded three.
The loss marks the Mountain Lions first loss at home this season and drops them to 4-2 overall and 1-2 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference while Fort Lewis improved to 7-0-1 and 4-0 respectively.
While winning is always the desired outcome, a loss in the standings is not always as black and white in a team's locker room where small victories can be taken away from pushing a ranked team like Fort Lewis to its limits.
"We are taking a victory away from this in terms of the fact that we proved to ourselves that we are a competitor," said Ridenour. "We can hang with anybody really with our style of play, with our level of talent, and that's what today proved to us in terms of looking at it positively."
"Now we just have to be a complete team, we have to find the net as much as we're working hard to keep it out of our own."
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