Cougars claim 2-1 win in Double OT
ASC just 19 seconds away from first ever RMAC point
ALAMOSA, Colo.— Just 19 seconds away from recording their first ever Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference point, the Adams State College men’s soccer team saw Sam Westlake strike from 30 yards out as the Colorado Christian University Cougars recorded their first RMAC win in eight years, Sunday afternoon here at Murphy Field.
The 2-1 double-overtime victory, snatched from what was looking to be a 1-1 deadlock, improved the Cougars to 1-5 overall and to 1-1 in RMAC play. The Grizzlies, who received a first-half goal from freshman Chris Roggow (Evergreen, Colo.), his second of the season, after a nice David Powers (Fairbanks, Alaska) run and assist, are now 0-5 overall and 0-2 in RMAC play.
It was a record-setting day for the Grizzlies offensively who fired off 28 shots in the match, topping the program’s previous record of 21 shots, set against Colorado Christian last season. ASC also put nine of those shots on goal, the second-best single game mark, and had eight players taking two or more shots in the contest.
Roggow led the attack with five shots, putting him into a tie for second for most shots in a game, while Powers and freshmen Henry Stewart (Las Cruces, N.M.) and Norberto Lopez (Providence, Utah) all moved into a third-place tie with four shots in the match. Powers put three of his shots in the match on goal, a new ASC single-game high.
Adams State grabbed the lead at 16 minutes, 30 seconds into the first half and remained out front for over 40 minutes before Tim Flavin of the Cougars scored the equalizer from close range off a pass from Grant Terzian.
With under a minute to go in regulation the Cougars threatened to take the lead, but the ASC defense came up with a team save on a Flavin shot to preserve the tie and send the game into overtime.
In the first extra period, the Cougars fired off a pair of shots, both on goal, but Grizzlies freshman keeper Dillon Lee (Arvada, Colo.) made saves on both en route to racking up 10 saves in the contest, tying fellow rookie keeper Paul Pizza (Alamosa, Colo.) for the team’s season high.
The Grizzlies seemed to be in control of the second overtime period, taking four shots to Colorado Christian’s two. But following an offsides call against Adams State at the 108:58 mark, the Cougars went on the attack. Westlake dribbled the ball towards the ASC box and wound up, placing a ball just out of reach of Lee who could only manage to tip the ball, and giving the Cougars the win.
Colorado Christian ended the game with 34 shots of their own, equaling the second most faced by a Grizzly keeper in program history.
Next up the Grizzlies will take on defending NCAA Division II National Champion Fort Lewis on Friday at 3 p.m. The Skyhawks, who topped the preseason national rankings and RMAC Men’s Soccer Coaches’ Poll, are currently unranked with a 2-3 overall record and are 1-0 in RMAC play. Fort Lewis fell to Colorado Mines in a non-conference match to start the season, and has suffered losses to Truman State (Mo.) and Columbia College (Mo.) as well, but topped CSU-Pueblo, 3-1, on Sunday in its first league match of the season.
Adams State was topped by a score of 9-1 in Durango last season as the Grizzlies faced the Skyhawks, ranked No. 10 nationally at the time, in just their second match in program history.
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