UCCS beaten by Lopers

By Doug Fitzgerald published October 27, 2011

Colorado Springs was beaten 3-2 by the Nebraska-Kearney Lopers Thursday at Ron & Carol Cope Stadium at Foster Field.

The Mountain Lions will finish their season Sunday against Colorado Mesa in Grand Junction.

UNK improved to 5-11-1 (3-9-1 RMAC) while the Mountain Lions slipped to 8-8-1 (4-8-1 RMAC) on the year.

Earlier this year in Colorado, UCCS scored two second half goals to post a 2-1 win over UNK. When these two teams met last fall in Kearney, the Lopers posted a 6-2 victory with the six goals being a school-record.

That offensive display continued this time around as Iceland native Agnes Arnadottir recorded her fifth goal of the season just four minutes into the contest.  A transfer from Division I Rhode Island, she got past the Loper defense and scored from five yards out on the left wing.

About 20 minutes later, Talisha Krason took a direct kick after a UCCS foul. Her kick bounced off several players, including two Lopers, before the ball found junior Merydeth Cummings in front of the goal.

She managed to get the loose ball past UCCS keeper Jessica Taylor to knot the game at one. This marked Cummings' second goal of the year.

Taylor, who was named RMAC defensive player of the week this past week, made five saves in the loss.

Early in the second half, Sarah Talcott stole the ball from a UCCS player in Loper territory. She moved the ball up the field and then found sophomore Raliegh Mercer at midfield. Mercer, in turn, sent a center pass to a streaking Ashtin Pawloski, who poked the ball past Taylor for her third goal of the year.

UNK kept up the pressure and eventually Mercer took back-to-back corner kicks at the 60 minute mark. On her second one, she hit freshman defender Kayla Roth right in front of the UCCS goal.

Roth promptly found the back of the net for her first collegiate goal.

The win wouldn't come easy, however, as UCCS applied a lot of pressure in the last 25 minutes. Freshman Hannah Rather, off a throw in, cut the lead to one when she scored her third goal of the year at 72:37.

UCCS took three more shots but junior keeper Marissa Niday stopped two of them with the other going wide.

UCCS Players/Staff Featured

Agnes ArnadottirAgnes Arnadottir22FSr
Jessica TaylorJessica Taylor30GKSr
Hannah RatherHannah Rather7FSo
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