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‘Runners, Rangers swap roles

September 22, 2011 | 2:12 pm No comments
By Shaun Schafer

The Metro State Roadrunners and Regis Rangers met in two games on Wednesday, with the underdog prevailing in both matches at Regis.

In the end, it was the unranked Roadrunner men delivering a 4-0 thrashing of No. 16-ranked Regis, while the No.6-ranked Roadrunner women fell to the Rangers for their first loss of the season.

‘Runners 4, Rangers 0: For the men, Scott Grode started the scoring in the 15th minute, putting in a rebound of his own missed shot after Brenden Hughes passed him the ball in the box.

Marc Herschberger crossed a ball from the right side to Grode in the center of the box in the 30th minute and Grode headed it in to push the lead to 2-0.

The Roadrunners added one in the 60th minute. T.J. Thiebaut stole the ball near the top of the box and passed it to Kevin Pocalyko who was running toward the net from the left side and Pocalyko scored his second goal of the year.

Pocalyko found the net again eight minutes later after a free kick led to a scrum in front of the net.

Issa Bissau made three saves to earn the shutout for Metro State.

Superlatives: The win snapped a five-game winless streak for the Roadrunners against Regis, with the last win coming in 2008. The two teams played to four straight ties until Regis won 2-1 in overtime in October last fall.

It was also Metro State’s first victory over a ranked team since defeating No. 25 Fort Lewis on Oct. 15, 2010. Plus, it was the first win against a ranked team on the road since 2009.

Rangers 2, ‘Runners 1: It was the opposite story, as Regis rallied to take down the nationally ranked Roadrunner women.

The Rangers took a lead 15 minutes into the game when Taylor White connected on Rachel McMahon’s corner kick.

Metro State finally earned an Abby Rolph penalty kick in the 62nd minute when a Metro State cross into the box was touched with a hand. Rolph’s goal evened the score at 1-1.

Regis scored the winner in the 75th minute when Marissa Davis’ pass from the right sideline found Meghan Stuart for a 1-on-1 with goalkeeper Danielle Quigley. Stuart finished the scoring with a shot to the upper-right corner.

Streaking: The Roadrunners defeated Regis in 20 straight games between 2002 and the 2010 season. The Rangers have now won three straight against the Roadrunners, all by one-goal margins.

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