Battle of the Mountain Lions and Mountaineers Coming up on Sunday

By Kelsey Helgeson published September 21, 2013

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.- The University of Colorado Colorado Springs Women's soccer team will continue their pursuit of a perfect season when they take on the Mountaineers of Western State Colorado University in Gunnison, Colo. on Sunday.

UCCS (4-0-0, 1-0-0 RMAC) picked up their fourth straight win of the season on Friday when they travelled to Alamosa, Colo. to open conference play against Adams State University (3-2-0, 0-1-0 RMAC). With the 1-0 win, UCCS dealt the Grizzlies their first conference loss of the season. As the Mountain Lions head to Gunnison to end the weekend against WSCU (3-2-0, 0-1-0 RMAC), they will look to move to 5-0 for just the second time in school history.

In 2012, UCCS made program history when they opened the season at a perfect 6-0-0 before eventually losing their first game against 2012 RMAC regular season champions and NCAA tournament qualifier, Regis University.

The only meeting between UCCS and WSCU was played in 2012 at Mountain Lion Stadium which ended in a slim 1-0 shutout victory for UCCS. 2012 was the inaugural season for the Mountaineers. As a first year program they ended the season with a 1-14 record and were outscored by opponents 36-8. 2013 marks the first year of Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference membership for the WSCU Women's soccer team and in just five games played, what a dramatic difference a year has made.

A staunch defense will be the key for the Mountain Lions again this year as WSCU currently ranks second in the RMAC, one spot above UCCS, for goals scored with 12 to their credit. With three wins under their belt in 2013, the Mountaineers have now outscored their opponents 12-4. In their most recent match, WSCU suffered a slim loss to Metro State 1-0 on Friday, Sept. 20 in Denver.

If history repeats itself, look for senior goalkeeper Kelly Schroeder to lead an unyielding Mountain Lion defense. In last year's win against WSCU, Schroeder made three saves for the shutout. Fresh off another shutout victory from Friday night in Alamosa, Schroeder will seek her fourth already this year.

The potent duo of forwards in Agnes Arnadottir and Hannah Levett combined for twelve shots in the 2012 win over the Mountaineers. In 2013 it seems there is no stopping the two as they have already amassed eight goals on 32 shots for 17 points. Their dominance is undeniable as together they account for all four game winning goals. On Friday night Arnadottir made UCCS history when she scored her 19th career goal, the best in program history.

Game time is set for 1 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 22 at Gateway Field in Gunnison, Colo.

UCCS Players/Staff Featured

Agnes ArnadottirAgnes Arnadottir22FSr.
Hannah LevettHannah Levett18FJr.
Kelly SchroederKelly Schroeder1GKSr.
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