The UCCS women’s soccer team competed in the NCAA Division II Quarterfinal against Point Loma in Grand Junction on Dec. 2 and were blanked, 1-0, ending their championship hopes.
After a 4-2 victory against Dallas Baptist University and 1-0 win against Colorado Mesa University, the Mountain Lions faced Point Loma for a chance to advance to the semi-final. UCCS had previously faced Point Loma earlier in the season, where they lost 2-0.
UCCS started with a tough offensive and defensive game as Point Loma struggled to gain possession. At the ninth minute, Point Loma would score to take the 1-0 lead. UCCS struggled to execute an attack as their shots would barely miss.
UCCS took nine shots in the first half, but only two in the second half, making only 11 shots total for the game. The Mountain Lions ended with three saves and six corner kicks. UCCS accumulated 13 fouls compared to PLNU with 17 fouls.
Following Point Loma’s goal, UCCS couldn’t find a way to score, leading to their defeat in the quarterfinal and ending their season in the top 8 in the NCAA Division II tournament.
The Mountain Lions competed in one of their best seasons making it farther than previous seasons and reaching the Quarterfinal for the second time since the program began. Their dedication and commitment led them to an impressive victory against top-seeded Dallas Baptist.
UCCS finished the season with a 15-5-3 record and earned the South Central Region Title for the second time in program history. This was the second time in program history that UCCS women’s soccer has qualified for the National Quarterfinals.
Photo from gomountainlions.com.