Mountain Lions Face Familiar Foe in RMAC Quarterfinal Tomorrow

By Kelsey Helgeson published November 5, 2013

2013 RMAC Women's Soccer Tournament Bracket

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.- It's a rematch of familiar post-season foes as the University of Colorado Colorado Springs women's soccer team (9-7-1, 6-7-1 RMAC) is set to take on No. 24 Fort Lewis College (14-4, 10-4 RMAC) in the first round of the RMAC Championship Playoffs.

Wednesday's match will be the third meeting between the teams this season. FLC and UCCS split the earlier games, which both ended in 2-0 decisions.

2012 marked the first time in program history that the Mountain Lions defeated FLC, when they earned a 1-0 overtime shutout in Durango, Colo. to knock the previously ranked No. 12 Skyhawks out of the national polls. Fort Lewis owns a commanding 8-2 advantage in wins in the all-time series, outscoring the Mountain Lions 16-6 in the process.

2013 marks the third out of four RMAC Quarterfinal appearances in program history that UCCS has squared off against Fort Lewis. The Mountain Lions are 0-2 to the Skyhawks in post-season play to date after suffering a 3-0 loss in 2009 and a 2-0 loss in 2012.  UCCS finished the 2012 regular season in fourth place, which earned them the right to host a RMAC playoff game for the first time in program history. Their dream season was cut short however, when Fort Lewis' Sam Weiss netted two goals to hand UCCS the 2-0 loss.

Twelve active players, six per team, will be present on Wednesday that have recorded at least one point in any of the prior meetings between the foes. 

UCCS: Agnes Arnadottir (1 G, 1 A), Hannah Rather (1 G), Hannah Levett (1 G), Annick Pearson (1 G),         Taylor Braden (1 A), and Jess Freeze (1 A).

FLC: Sam Weiss (3 G), Emma Cannis (1 G, 1 A), Megan Streidel (1 G), Nicole Schumaker (1 G), Ashley      Kniffen ( 1 A), Grace Sheridan (1 A).

The undeniable player to watch will be FLC junior forward Sam Weiss, recently named the 2013 RMAC Player of the Year. A 2013 All-RMAC First Team selection, Preseason Player of the Year and 2012 All-America Honorable Mention honoree, Weiss netted both goals in last year's quarterfinal win over the Mountain Lions. Ranked second in the RMAC in goals with 10, Weiss has netted only one against UCCS this year.

Behind Weiss' lead, the Skyhawks rank second in the RMAC in points. A well-balanced attack has been the key to Fort Lewis' success however, as they also boast the RMAC Defensive Player of the Year in Lauren Riley. In total, five FLC players earned All-RMAC honors with three on the First Team and two on the Third Team.

UCCS also boasts a potent offense that has notched 23 goals over seven games, good for fifth place in the RMAC. Three different Mountain Lions, Agnes Arnadottir, Hannah Levett, and Kelly Schroeder, were named to the ALL-RMAC team earlier today. Arnadottir,  an All-RMAC First Team selection, will sit the Quarterfinal match after receiving a red card in the final regular season match against CSU-Pueblo on Sunday.

Hannah Levett will be the player to watch for the Mountain Lions as she is currently tied for fourth in both goals and game-winning goals with eight and three, respectively. A 2013 All-RMAC selection, Levett netted one goal against the Skyhawks earlier in the season.

Senior goalkeeper Kelly Schroeder, 2013 All-RMAC Third Team, has already recorded one shutout against Fort Lewis this season.

Game time is set for 2:30 p.m. to be played at Dirks Field in Durango, Colo. Fans who can't make it to Wednesday's match can follow the action with live video from America One (http://www.americaonesports.com/partner_members.asp?id=62).

UCCS Players/Staff Featured

Hannah LevettHannah Levett18FJr.
Annick PearsonAnnick Pearson3DSo.
Taylor BradenTaylor Braden9F/MFSo.
Jess FreezeJess Freeze23MFFr.
Hannah RatherHannah Rather7FJr.
Kelly SchroederKelly Schroeder1GKSr.
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