Grizzly soccer adds tentative Monday game to schedule
Cal State-LA to venture to Murphy Field pending CCCA Tournament qualifying status
ALAMOSA, Colo.— Although the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference schedule will conclude this weekend for the Adams State College men’s soccer team, the Grizzlies may play another game on Monday afternoon, here at Murphy Field.
Grizzly coach Tim Busen was contacted earlier this week by Chris Chamides, his counterpart at California State-Los Angeles, about the possibility of adding a game. In the time since, the two coaches and athletic department officials at both institutions have agreed to tentatively set-up a match.
The contest could help Cal State-L.A. with NCAA Tournament qualifying aspirations as it would be a non-conference, yet “in-region” game, but will only be played if the Golden Eagles qualify for the 4-team California Collegiate Athletic Association Tournament. They currently sit in a tie with Sonoma State for the final place heading into Friday and Sunday home games against Cal State San Bernardino and Cal Poly Pomona
If the Golden Eagles do not qualify for the CCCA Tournament, they will not make the trip to Colorado.
If the match with the Grizzlies is played, kick-off will be at 3 p.m.
Although the opportunity of playing game would help the Golden Eagles (9-5-1, 8-5-1 CCCA) on a more immediate basis, Busen was also high on the possibility as he is excited to see how his young team will fare against competition outside of the RMAC. He also noted that it is another opportunity to gain match-time experience for his squad, in just their second year of existence, at their home pitch.
The late addition to the Grizzly schedule was only possible because the Grizzlies still had one open spot remaining under their NCAA-regulated maximum schedule of 18 regular season contests.
Updates on that status of this possible game will be posted throughout the weekend on the Grizzlies’ official website (www.ascgrizzlies.com).
The Grizzlies will conclude the RMAC portion of their schedule hosting the nation’s fourth-ranked Colorado Mines Orediggers on Friday at 3 p.m. before facing defending national champion Fort Lewis in Durango on Sunday at 3:30 p.m.