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‘Runners pound Grizzlies

September 16, 2011 | 10:13 pm No comments
By Shaun Schafer

No. 11 Metro State opened Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play with a 5-1 victory over Adams State at home on Friday.

The Roadrunners improved to 5-0-0 overall, while ASC fell to 3-2-0.

The Grizzlies came out on fire, with Autumn Boyer giving Adams State a 1-0 lead at 3:18.

Metro State rallied to take a 2-1 lead at halftime, tying the game at 38:19 on an own goal after Nicole Pollack’s shot from the top of the box was deflected into the net by an ASC defender. Abby Rolph scored the go-ahead goal just three minutes later, creating a turnover near the top of the box as she intercepted a pass back to goalkeeper Christine Stemple, then dribbled around Stemple for a wide open net.

The score remained 2-1 until Taylor Nicholls received a pass in the middle of the box after two quick passes from Carly Nelson and Aubrey Fondy. Nicholls dribbled around the charging Stemple for another wide open net at 65:30 for the 3-1 lead.

Nelson blistered a shot from the top of the box just over the crossbar at 69:01 and Marie Ipock was stopped from point-blank range in the 75th minute. The Roadrunners finally pushed the lead to 4-1 when Kelci Newlin scored on a floating shot from the top of the box off Rolph’s corner kick at 74:57. Newlin, who subbed in for the injured Hayley Renko in the 13th minute, was playing her first game of the season.

Nicholls iced the game at 86:57, putting in a rebound after Brandi Farley’s shot from the near-left side of the box was deflected to Nicholls in the center of the box.

Next Up: Metro State will host New Mexico Highlands at noon on Sunday. The game will be broadcast on kmetradio.org.

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