UCCS Takes on their Third Nationally Ranked Opponent in No. 12 Metro State Sunday
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.- Sunday will prove quite the test for the Mountain Lions as the University of Colorado Colorado Springs women's soccer team will play their third nationally ranked opponent of the season in unbeaten and nationally ranked No. 12 Metro State.
The Mountain Lion's (8-3, 5-3 RMAC) first encounter with a nationally ranked squad this season was back on Sept. 29 when they hosted the Colorado School of Mines (12-0-1, 9-0). Ninety minutes of regulation wasn't enough as UCCS battled the still unbeaten and now No. 5 ranked Orediggers into overtime before suffering the 1-0 loss. It was the first loss of the season for the Mountain Lions.
In their second nationally ranked matchup, UCCS proved victorious as they defeated previously ranked No. 12 Fort Lewis (10-3, 6-3) in a 2-0 on the road in Durango, Colo. As the Mountain Lions get set to square off with Metro State, they are on a mission to prove they deserve to be back in the national polls themselves.
UCCS will have the momentum with them heading into the game as they are fresh off two shutout victories, most recently on Friday night against Western State (4-8-1, 1-7-1). Hannah Levett scored the game winning goal in the match, good for her team-leading seventh of the season. The Mountain Lions boast five different players currently ranked in the top ten offensive categories in the RMAC. Levett leads the charge as she is best in the conference in game winning goals with three in 11 eleven games played.
Goalkeeper Kelly Schroeder leads the staunch UCCS defense and is ranked in the RMAC top ten for every defensive category. Most notably, Schroeder sits in third for both shutouts and saves per game with a 4.91 average. She has seven shutout wins this season and needs just one more to tie the program record that she set in 2012 with eight.
Metro State (10-0-3, 8-0-1) has been on quite the roll as of late and has taken claims over nearly all offensive categories in the conference after exploding for 25 goals in their last six games, which includes a Friday afternoon 7-0 trouncing of Colorado Christian (4-8, 1-7).
The Roadrunners are lead by Brandi Farley who is best in the RMAC in points, points per game, goals, and goals per game. Farley has 21 points to her credit off of nine goals and three assists. Karissa Price isn't far behind with 17 points off of seven goals and three assists. Abby Rolph, current conference leader in assists, has four goals (3 GW) and eight assists for 16 points. Goalkeeper Nicole Jablonski also has seven shutouts to her credit this season. She has only conceded six goals this season and holds a .480 GAA.
After beating Metro State 3-0 at home early in the 2012 season, the Mountain Lions lost their last regular season game in a rematch with the Roadrunners in a 1-0 overtime decision. UCCS is 2-6 in the all-time series record against Metro State.
Game time is set for noon at Auraria Field on the Metro State campus in downtown Denver, Colo.
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