The Paw Print
Adams State men’s soccer team played host Monday afternoon to Montana State-Billings on the campus of CSU-Pueblo. This was their first time playing the Yellowjackets, who have now won their third straight win. The Grizzles showed their best offensive game of the season even though they fell to Montana 4-2.
The Yellowjackets led 1-0 at intermission, who attacked the goal vigorously. Freshman goalkeeper Dillon Lee made four saves in the first half alone which built up to a career-high eight in the game, a number that ties him for seventh all-time in the ASC record books. Lee also faced a total of 29 shots, a number that is also tied for fourth most by a Grizzly goalie.
Montana State-Billings and Adams State became fired up after intermission. Billings took 16 shots in the second half, while the Grizzly offense took five shots which were all on goal and scored twice. Freshman Norberto Lope aided in the first goal when the ball was intercepted from his care by a Billings defender who put one into his own net.
The tie was short lived when Yellowjackets’ team work allowed them to get the ball past Lee twice within 15 minutes of each other, these goals brought the Yellowjackets ahead 3-1. However, it only took 1 minute and 4 seconds for the Grizzles to rise to the occasion of forceful offense.
Junior Joseph Jallow started dribbling down the field straight into the Yellowjackets zone and two defenders started closing in on either side before Jallow sent the ball to Chris Roggow in full stride. Roggow wound up for a strike and sent the ball past Billing’s goal keeper Matt Mitchell with a shoot-up into the upper left-hand corner of the net. Jallow’s assist was the first in his career.
ASC offense kept putting pressure on the field in attempt to land another goal, however Billings put in the final goal of the game with four minutes left on the clock.
Freshmen Henry Stewart and Eric Rickard each managed a pair of shots which aided to the powerful offense attempt the Grizzlies placed on the field today.
Freshman Josh Padgett is a defensive starter and states that his team played “The best game of the season today”, despite their loss. Throughout the game the Grizzlies were attacked by the Yellowjackets, but ASC defense never gave up, “Defensively we played together and attacked most of the game” states Padgett.
This coming Friday the Grizzlies will host their first-ever Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference match against CSU-Pueblo at 12:30.