UCCS traveled to Grand Junction on Nov. 30 to take on the Colorado Mesa University Mavericks. Sydney Lasater led the team to victory with the only goal scored of the game finishing with a win of 1-0.
In the first half, UCCS took six shots, two saves and four corner kicks. UCCS and CMU both ended the first half with five fouls. In the second half, UCCS had four shots, two saves and no corner kicks and only three fouls. After 46 minutes, Sydney Lasater scored the goal with an assist by Kaitlin Hinkle.
16 fouls were called throughout the match with 10 against Colorado Mesa and six against the Mountain Lions. Goalkeeper Isabela Whitmore finished the game without giving up a goal for the first time this postseason.
This is the second time in UCCS women’s soccer history that the Mountain Lions have won the South-Central Region. The first South-Central Region win was in 2017. Having eliminated Dallas Baptist in the second round and CMU, UCCS has won two straight games as seed-for-seed underdogs during the NCAA Division II Championships.
On Dec. 2, UCCS will compete in the 2023 NCAA Division II Quarterfinals against #13 Point Loma Nazarene University. The game will be held in Grand Junction at Community Hospital Unity Field at 4 p.m. and livestreamed on the RMAC Network.
Cross Country Catch Up
The men’s and women’s squads competed at the NCAA Championships on Nov. 18 in Joplin, Missouri. The men’s team took 19th place out of 34 teams and the women’s team finished 12th out of 32 teams.
Jagger Zlotoff finished with a time of 30:27.9 to place 45th for the Mountain Lions men’s team, with Gavin Harden behind him finishing 94th with a time of 31:05.6. Third to finish for UCCS was Logan Cole, clocking a time of 31:17.3 and finishing 109th.
Anna Fauske finished with an All-American status after placing ninth for UCCS and running a new personal best time of 20:09.5. Kate Hedlund was the next runner to finish in 77th place with a time of 21:22.3. Molly Breuer finished in 110th place with a time of 21:44.4 and marked a personal best time. Fauske is now the fifth Mountain Lion to finish in the top 10 at a national meet in Mountain Lion history.
The UCCS Mountain Lions cross country teams finished the 2023 season 19th overall for the men and 12th overall for the women.
Photo from gomountainlions.com.