Mountain Lions men’s soccer defeated #5 seed Westminster to advance to the RMAC semifinals, 2-1
The first half was troubled for UCCS, who only managed three shots in the first half, while Westminster had double the shots in six. However, two of Westminster’s shots on goal were saved by goalkeeper #30 Russell Soren. UCCS conceded their first goal in the 25th minute to Westminster’s Jace Vance.
The Mountain Lions were handed three yellow cards within five minutes during the first half: midfielder #10 Kaydon Zamora-Reeves in the 31st minute, defenseman #14 Rory Scott in the 34th minute and midfielder #18 Ben Ashfield in the 35th minute.
The second half was a stark contrast to the first. Within the four minutes of the first half, the Mountain Lions were on the scoreboard thanks to a goal from forward #2 Nic Grotle, assisted by defense #3 Matteo Moreno Madrid. Not long after, forward #17 Peter Chang scored, allowing the Mountain Lions to separate the tie and take the lead and win, 2-1
In a post-game interview, Martin Launay said, “The team played pretty good, especially in the second half.”
“I think we have to be ready to start a game better because the first 45 minutes pretty, pretty difficult, but we knew how to react.” said Launay.
The Mountain Lions play the #1 seed Fort Lewis Skyhawks in Durango, C.O. on Nov. 5.