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Women’s RMAC starts to clear

September 26, 2010 | 9:33 pm No comments
By Shaun Schafer

Fort Lewis College took a significant step toward taking command of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference on Sunday, while challenger Regis University fell  and defending champion Metro State won.

Colorado School of Mines, which shares the RMAC lead with the Skyhawks, was idle on Sunday.

FORT LEWIS 3, ADAMS STATE 1: The No. 12-ranked Skyhawks found their scoring touch Sunday, scoring a season-high three goals en route to a 3-1 win over Adams State College at Dirks Field.

“You can’t complain when you have three different freshmen scoring goals,” head coach Damian Clarke said. 

The Skyhawks (8-1-0 overall, 3-1-0 in the RMAC) peppered the Grizzlies (3-6-0, 2-3-0) with 21 shots, including 11 on goal, but couldn’t find the back of the net until the 38:22 mark of the first half. Freshman Emma Cannis sent a long pass over the top of the ASC defenders, which fellow freshman Megan Striedel outran for a short breakaway. Striedel beat ASC goalkeeper Hannah Kohlts with a bullet to put FLC on top 1-0.

Cannis scored on a header in traffic at 59:04 to put FLC ahead 2-0. She was the beneficiary of a corner kick by senior Erika Shisler, who has seven helpers on the season and six in the past four games.

The Grizzlies, who only managed three shots for the afternoon, but all of which were on target, trimmed the lead to 2-1 at 72:55 when Kelli Williams scored in heavy traffic in front of ‘keeper Christine Schmelzle. Amber Drumm assisted on Williams’ goal.

The Skyhawks added some insurance at 81:04 when Shisler took a rocket from 20 yards out that curled past Kohlts. Redshirt freshman Rachel Budagher was making a run to the far post and knocked the pass into the net from point blank range for the first marker of her collegiate career.

NEW MEXICO HIGHLANDS 1, REGIS 0: The Rangers rise to the top of the RMAC took a diversion on Sunday. 

After riding a three game winning streak, the Rangers traveled to Las Vegas, New Mexico, to face the Cowgirls of  New Mexico Highlands and fell 1-0. Both teams put five shots on goal, but Highlands walked away with the goal and the win.

The game went scoreless for the first half as both teams played a physical game trying to get a goal. RU (6-4-0, 3-2-0 RMAC) goalkeeper Ellen Augsburger made two saves in the period.

With just under 20 minutes remaining in the game, Highlands’ (4-3-1, 2-1-1 RMAC) Krista Mashak put one in the Ranger goal as she was assisted by Arianna Strickland. Although Regis outshot Highlands in the second half six to five, the Rangers were unable to answer back leading to a Cowgirl victory.

METRO STATE 2, COLORADO CHRISTIAN 0: The No. 3-ranked Metro State women’s soccer team used a big second half to beat Colorado Christian 2-0 at home on Sunday. 

 The win moved the Roadrunners to 7-1-1 overall this season and 3-1-1 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, while the Cougars fell to 1-8-0 and 1-4-0 in the RMAC.

It was a tale of two completely different halfs on Sunday as Metro State came out with a sluggish first half and the two teams played evenly before the intermission. 

The second half was dominated by Metro State, with the Roadrunners holding possession nearly the entire period.  They attempted three shots in the first 10 minutes before Madison McQuilliams ended the scoreless tie in the 60th minute by scoring from inside the box after receiving a through ball from Taylor Nicholls.

Aleah DeGeneres scored nine minutes later as she put in Nicholls’ corner kick from the right side that deflected off the far post. 

Metro State outshot CCU 14-0 in the second half and 26-4 in the game. 

For Nicholls, it was the first multi-assist game of her career.  McQuilliams moved into a tie for eighth place all-time at Metro State in points with the two points from her goal.  She currently has 74 points, tying her with Jen Thomas (2008-09). 

UCCS 3, MESA STATE 2: Three first-half goals on just six shots led the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs to a 3-2 victory over the Mesa State Mavericks Sunday at Walker Field.
 
The Mountain Lions got goals from Josi Talbot, Lindsay Link and Jennifer Joern. Kristin Preble and Julia Saenz had assists.
 
For Saenz, the assist extended her UCCS single-season record in that category to seven. The previous record was three, held jointly by four players including Saenz.
 
UCCS, which scored 21 times in each of its first two seasons, already has 20 in this, the seventh match of its third season. The Mountain Lions should shatter the old mark with 10 regular-season matches remaining plus the postseason.
 
UCCS improved to 5-3-0, 2-2-0 in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play. Mesa State is now 3-5-1 and 1-3-0 in the RMAC.
 
It took less than two minutes for the Mountain Lions to begin the scoring. Preble threaded a pass through the defense that found the speedy Talbot, who put in into the right side of the net.
 
Mesa State evened the match in the 20th minute on a Sara Islas goal. Kelci Crispe and Marissa Cascio earned assists.
 
The Mountain Lions answered with a pair of set-piece scores. Link drove in a free kick in the 29th minute and Joern converted a Saenz free kick in the 41st minute.
 
Mesa State scored again in the 76th minute.

NEBRASKA-KEARNEY 2, CSU-PUEBLO 1: Freshman Savannah Thompson collided with Kearney striker Caitlin Parra near the tail end of the first half, and she fell like a ton of bricks, allowing a Loper goal while she was out cold. Despite lying on the field motionless for the better part of a half-hour, she later returned to the field under her own power.

“It was a 50-50 ball and both players just went for it,” Pack coach Janet Cassidy said of the big play.  “Savannah just went after it too hard.  We played the rest of the game not knowing how she was doing so we were doing our best to win it for her.”

Down 2-0 and playing in front of reserve ‘keeper Jessica Stumpf the Pack showed new life and nearly took the game away. Esther Villa arced a long score to the upper left corner of the net in the 82nd minute, but the ThunderWolves couldn’t get that tying score, falling 2-1.

The loss, the ThunderWolves’ third straight, puts the Pack at 3-5-0 0verall and 1-3-0 in RMAC play.

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