On Sunday, Oct. 15, the UCCS men’s soccer team defeated the Adams State University Grizzlies 7-0, with help from graduate student Peter Chang’s hat trick to improve their record to .500 (2-2-2).
The Mountain Lions started out strong early on, with attacks by Kolby Raineri and Alex Andersson, who each recorded a shot in the first 50 seconds of the match. In the 17th minute, sophomore #21 Miles Seminario scored the first goal of the match for the Mountain Lions, assisted by Jackson Million and Matteo Moreno Madrid.
UCCS continued to dominate defensively over the Grizzlies, with Adams State having only one shot. In the 37th minute, Chang scored his first goal of the season and the match’s second goal. Nearly two minutes later, Jackson Million assists Raineri off a free kick, putting the Mountain Lions up by three.
Chang secured his second goal of the game in the 43rd minute of the first half as Ben Ashfield assisted, leaving the Grizzlies scoreless in the half with the Mountain Lions up 4-0.
In the second half, junior Dani Barajas got the scoring going early in the first 45 seconds after intercepting a pass from the Grizzlies. Minutes later, Chang found the back of the net to record his third goal of the game, putting the Mountain Lions up by 6.
Raineri acquired a penalty kick after a hand ball violation in the box and squared it into the back of the net, which gave the Mountain Lions their 7th goal of the game in the 72nd minute, which would end up being the final goal of the match.
Overall, the Mountain Lions outshot the Grizzlies 39-2, with 23-1 shots on goal, and an additional 9-0 advantage on corner kicks. Chang recorded his first three goals of the season, Raineri recorded his second and third, and Seminario scored his first goal of the season.