Grizzlies break scoring drought, but fall 8-1 to #17 Rangers
ALAMOSA, Colo.— The Adams State College men’s soccer team broke a 407-minute and 48-second scoreless drought with junior Joseph Jallow’s (Oldjeshwang, Gambia) first career goal but gave up a hat trick to Kyle Emge and two goals each to Nathan Kafer and Nduo Chilaka as the nation’s 17th ranked Regis University Rangers scored an 8-1 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference win over the battered Adams State College Grizzlies.
The Grizzlies, in just their second ever season, were without five players due to injury and were on the receiving end of 20 Ranger fouls throughout the afternoon while dropping to 0-11 and 0-8 in conference action.
The Rangers tallied three goals in the first half and another five in the second as they improved to 8-1-2 overall and to 4-1-2 in conference play while running their unbeaten streak to four games.
Kafer, the Rangers’ leading goal scorer coming in, tallied his sixth goal of the season just five minutes and 45 seconds in before Chilaka tallied his first goal of the campaign just 3:08 later as he dribbled around Grizzly goalkeeper Dillon Lee (Arvada, Colo.), who did make six saves on the afternoon.
The score was kept at 2-0 for nearly a half-hour before Keegan Bast tallied his first goal of the season off a Patrick Freeman corner kick, one of 12 the Rangers had on the day, at the 38:29 mark.
Emge, who had all three of his goals in the second half, then scored just 2:31 into that period as he headed a high loose ball resulting from a Justin Ortinau free kick.
Kafer then tallied his second goal just 2:50 later when Ortinau, who had three assists on the afternoon, ran down the right side before sending a cross to Kafer, who tapped in the Rangers’ fifth goal.
The Rangers then made the score 6-0 just before the hour mark as Kafer stole a pass after a Grizzly free kick before sending a pass up to Chilaka, who tallied his second goal of the day.
However, the Grizzlies responded amidst the confusion tallying their lone goal of the game just 37 seconds later as freshman midfielder Kyle Lanham (St. Louis, Mo.) sent a pass to a streaking Jallow, who blasted a shot from 25 yards out into the netting.
Emge then completed the scoring with 73rd and 75th minute goals thanks to Ryan Romback and Ortinau assists.
The Rangers tallied 31 shots on the afternoon, putting 14 on goal. Kafer led the way with six shots.
The Grizzlies had four total shots, including three on goal. Lanham, who registered his first career point on Jallow’s goal, took two of the Grizzlies’ shots.
Regis goalkeeper Scott Brown, who has not allowed a goal in 155 minutes of action this season, made one save in the first half while earning his first win of the year. He then gave way to Francisco Martinez, seeing his first action of the season, for the second half. Martinez also made one save.
The Grizzlies, who have played eight of their first 11 matches at home, will finish the campaign with five of their last six away from home starting Friday at Colorado Christian. The Cougars snatched a 2-1 double-overtime victory away from the Grizzlies on Sept. 19.
Kick-off in Lakewood is scheduled for 1 p.m. and can be seen online thanks to America One.
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