Mountain Lions have mixed non-conference start, begin RMAC schedule 1-1

Sept. 29, 2014

Ashley Thompson
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After a non-conference road trip against Eastern New Mexico, Midwestern State and Southern Nazarene and a loss in their first conference game against Metro State, the men’s soccer team got their first Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference win of the season 3-0 over Colorado Mesa.

The Mountain Lions fell to Eastern New Mexico in a 3-1 loss. The Greyhounds got off four shots on the UCCS defense within the first 10 minutes of the game, but the Mountain Lions got a goal from freshman forward Josh Berntsson to make the score 2-1 at halftime. Berntsson’s goal was the first of his collegiate career.

The Mountain Lions next fell to Midwestern State 2-0, despite sophomore goalkeeper Peter Vogrin’s nine saves.

The road trip ended with a 4-0 win against Southern Nazarene. Four different players scored, with three of the four goals scored in the last 16 minutes. Freshmen goalkeeper David Meyer got his first collegiate start as well as his first shutout against the Crimson Storm.

The Mountain Lions would now return home to begin RMAC play against Metro State.

Freshman Conor Langenbahn scored the game-tying goal with just 8.8 seconds left in regulation for the Mountain Lions. The game went to double overtime, but it was Metro State that would score with 10 seconds left to take the victory, 2-1.

UCCS then took on Colorado Mesa, a team they lost to in penalty kicks in the RMAC quarterfinals last season. UCCS shutout Mesa, and took the win 3-0.

Freshman forward Jake McAllister and senior midfielder James Roberts were a two man team, as both players assisted the other for goals against the Mavericks. This was the first time the Mountain Lions have beaten Colorado Mesa since 2012, and Meyer posted another shutout.

After three road games against Fort Lewis, Colorado School of Mines and Regis, the Mountain Lions next home game will be Oct. 5 against Adams State at noon at Mountain Lion Stadium.