Second-half flurry lifts UCCS over Grizzlies
ASC faced 46 shots against the Mountain Lions including 27 in the second half
COLORADO SPRINGS – The Grizzlies entered halftime of Sunday’s Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) match against UC-Colorado Springs deadlocked at 0-0, but the Mountain Lions scored three unanswered goals in the second half to down Adams State, 3-0.
Adams State falls to 1-14 overall and 1-11 in the RMAC with the loss, while UCCS improves to 4-12-1 and 3-9-1 in league play.
Freshman keeper Dillon Lee (Arvada, Colo.) made 10 saves in the contest while facing 46 shots, the most ever by an Adams State goalie. Nineteen of those shots came in the opening stanza, four of which were on goal but stopped by Lee. The Mountain Lions then proceeded to fire off 27 shots in the second.
Lee made six saves over the final 45 minutes of action, but UCCS did its damage early.
The contest’s first strike came at the 48 minute mark, as Mike Mason found Mash Shaswar on a crossing pass into the box that simply needed to be tapped in. Matt Friesen, who recorded a hat trick in the Grizzlies 8-0 loss to the Mountain Lions earlier this season, recorded the final two goals of the game to give him five this season against ASC.
At the 54:59 mark, Friesen took the rebound after a direct kick from Jaron Stewart was blocked by Lee and doubled the Mountain Lions’ lead to 2-0. His second came just four minutes and one second later, taking a pass from Mason and beating a trio of Grizzly defenders for the goal.
Friesen and Stewart took eight shots apiece for UCCS in the contest, while Friesen placed seven of his on target. In all, six Mountain Lions fired off four or more shots in the match.
Freshman Norberto Lopez (Providence, Utah) led Adams State with three shots, including one on goal, while junior Peter Freeman (Longmont, Colo.) took two shots and freshmen Ubaldo Trujillo (Edwards, Colo.) and Hawken Hanna (Haslett, Mich.) chipped in on the offensive side with a shot each.
The Grizzlies will play their final home game of the season this Friday, hosting currently No. 1-ranked Colorado Mines (14-1-1, 11-1-1 RMAC) at Murphy Field for Senior Day. The Grizzlies faced the Orediggers for the first time ever on the road on Oct. 17, where they fell 10-0 in the largest loss in the program’s short two-year history.
Then on Halloween day, the Grizzlies will conclude their 2010 season with a trip to Durango to face Fort Lewis. Adams State has lost both its previous matches against the Skyhawks, losing 6-0 on Sept. 24 of this season, and 9-1 in their 2009 matchup and only prior trip to Durango.
Friday’s match is slated to kickoff at 3 p.m. and can be followed via live stats and by following the ASCGrizzlies on Twitter for those unable to make it to Murphy Field. Adams State and Fort Lewis will play at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday afternoon, and coverage will include video via America One (formerly B2 Network). Information for purchasing and viewing single games can be found here.