27 August 2019
The men’s soccer team had only been practicing for two days when their first game – against Indiana’s Wesleyan team – was rained out.
Although we are not permitted to tell you the scores since it was only a scrimmage, it does not matter because the game was paused early in the second half due to nearby lightning. After an hour’s delay, during which the lightning did not let up, the game was stopped entirely due to oncoming rain.
The lightning did not stop the die-hard crowd from waiting hopefully in the stands. It seemed mostly comprised of supportive family members; more than one woman was overheard to state something along the lines of, “I’m Ryan’s mom” or “I’m here for Jake.”
Also, in attendance were several young children, who took to the Mountain Lion Stadium field during the delay to kick around a soccer ball themselves.
Interestingly, there were more people attending in support of Wesleyan than UCCS. Hopefully, our school will make a better showing for the next match.
The men’s soccer team is slated to play next on Aug. 30 against MSU Denver. It will take place here in Colorado Springs at 7 p.m. Since this is another exhibition game, it can be reasonably expected that scores will not be released for this game either.
It is not until Sept. 6 that UCCS’s men’s soccer team will play a non-exhibition match, against Lubbock Christian. The game will take place in Lubbock, Texas.
Although scores cannot be announced, there is a bright side. In the RMAC preseason coaches’ poll, UCCS ranks fifth for Colorado men’s soccer, after the Colorado School of Mines, Westminster, Colorado Mesa and Regis respectively.
Multiple attempts were made to reach out to the men’s soccer coach for comment, without success.