The Paw Print
The Adams State College women’s soccer team trailed early, but some fine goalkeeping and goals from freshman Shelby Janz and junior Jessica Hellweg allowed the Grizzlies to overcome the early deficit and claim their first Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference victory of the season by a score of 2-1 over Colorado Christian University on Sunday at Murphy Field.
Ciara Meredith put the Cougars on the board early, striking a bouncing ball in the ASC box and putting it into the back of the net, giving the visitors a 1-0 lead. But freshman keeper Hannah Kohlts was a brick wall for the remainder of the match, making five saves in the match, including a leaping deflection on a Cougars free kick during the 82-minute that would have tied the game.
While the ASC offense was on target throughout the contest, putting 11 of its 19 shots on goal (57 percent), it took the Grizzlies until the 37:27 mark to even the score at 1-1. Sophomore Skyler Stevens recorded her first career helper after finding Janz who placed a ball just out of reach of CCU’s Liana Signorile and into the upper right-hand corner of the net.
In the second half the ASC offense cooled off a bit, taking just six more shots but put four of them on goal, and were able to notch the game-winner off the foot of Hellweg, The junior forward dribbled her way up to the top of the Cougar’s box where she pulled and delivered a strike just between the keeper’s hand and the cross bar, putting the Grizzlies up for good, 2-1.
It was Hellweg’s fourth goal of the season, putting her just two away from her season-high of six, which she accomplished in 2009, and also moves her into a tie for third in career goals with 12.
The 11 shots on goal was the highest total of the season for the Grizzlies, who only managed to put one shot on goal in their last outing against third-ranked Metro State. Janz put all four of her shots in the contest on goal, and took them all in the first half. Junior Autumn Boyer (South Sioux City, Neb.) recorded four shots and put three on goal. Sophomore Alyssa Smith put up three shots, while Hellweg, sophomore Kaylee Smtih and sophomore Jenna Iwaniec each took two.