The ASC women’s soccer team found the back of the net twice within the first 20 minutes of Sunday’s Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) match against Colorado Christian, and would surrender just one goal on a penalty kick en route to their second straight win by a 2-1 tally.
After exacting revenge upon the Cougars for a Sept. 18 loss on the road, the Grizzlies now claim stake to a 6-6 overall record and a mark of 3-5 in league play. With nine points, ASC now finds itself in a tie for seventh place in the RMAC standings alongside UC-Colorado Springs, and just three points back of New Mexico Highlands whom the Grizzlies will face this coming Wednesday.
Adams State held a dominating 12-3 advantage in shots in the first half, and put seven of those attempts on goal. CCU keeper Mackenzie Averill made five saves over the first 45 minutes, but was unable to come up with an answer at the 10:51 mark as a crossing pass on the baseline from freshman Paige Bendele (Lakewood, Colo.) was headed in by senior Autumn Boyer (South Sioux City, Neb.) for a 1-0 lead.
The assist was Bendele’s second of the season, while Boyer’s goal was the fourth of the season and of her career.
That lead would double just over seven minutes later when a long pass from freshman Kristine Hackett (Avondale, Ariz.) to senior Jessica Hellweg (Island Lake, Ill.) was tapped over to junior Kaylee Smith (Platte City, Mo.), who scored her second goal of the year.
The Cougars lone score came on their only shot of the second half, a penalty kick off the foot of Erin Dalton following a hand ball in the box against the Grizzlies.
CCU had ample opportunity to score as time wound down in the first half, taking four corner kicks in a span of one minute and 13 seconds, but each chance was thwarted by the Grizzly defense.
Adams State will face NMHU in a midweek match for the second time this season on Wednesday afternoon at 3 p.m. The Cowgirls (6-6, 4-4 RMAC), are three points ahead of the Grizzlies in the RMAC standings following a 3-1 win over Nebraska-Kearney on Sunday, and have won four straight.