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Rangers roll in weather makeup match

November 4, 2009 | 6:53 am No comments
By George Tanner

The Regis University men’s soccer team sent its four seniors off in style, defeating Colorado Christian 7-0 on Tuesday afternoon in a makeup game from Friday. The Rangers ended the regular season with a 9-5-4 record and will face Fort Lewis in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference tournament on Friday afternoon.

Early on, both teams were trying to find pace of the game, when freshman Patrick Bonitatibus took a ball up the right side and dribbled around a couple of defenders and powered home his third goal of the season at the 12:26 mark of the first half.

The defense for Colorado Christian (2-16-2, 0-13-1 RMAC) held the Ranger offense at one goal for nearly 26 minutes before another freshman, Adam Hinkelman, got a gift from the Cougars’ goalkeeper. Jared Jacobs came out of the box to retrieve a ball and kicked it to the middle of the field, where Hinkelman was waiting, Jacobs could not return to the net in time as Hinkelman had a wide open net and made the Cougars pay. It was his second goal of the season.

Senior James Copeland scored one more time for the Rangers in the first half off an assist from junior Nathan Kafer. Copeland then returned the favor to Kafer as Copeland found Kafer sliding in front of the net to score just three minutes into the second half.

Sophomore Jordan Brandel scored the next two goals for Regis, his fifth and sixth goals of the season, tying him for the team lead. Brandel was the beneficiary of a great pass from Copeland that put Brandel in a good spot to score.

Senior Wally Fink not only had a good game in goal, no goals allowed and five saves, but also capped off his stellar four-year career with his first goal scored of the season. Head Coach Tony McCall decided to put Fink in where he had begun his career, at forward, and it payed off. Fink took an excellent cross from Bonitatibus and beat his defender to the right and was able to blast the ball by the goalkeeper to make the final score 7-0.

Fink, Copeland, Donnie Montoya and Ryan Brennan all played in their final home game of their career.

Regis had 24 shots, compared with 11 for the visiting Cougars. Three goalkeepers, Fink and freshmen Francisco Martinez and Scott Brown all combined for the Rangers’ shutout.

Regis will take on Fort Lewis, ranked No. 2 in the nation, at 2:30 p.m. Friday in Durango. The match can be seen live via the B2 Networks. Log on to goskyhawks.com or rmacsports.org to view a schedule of the matches being broadcast.

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