The Adams State Women’s soccer team took on two strong opponents this past weekend, battling the Mesa State Mavericks and Fort Lewis Skyhawks. Despite their strong start this season, the team fell to both opponents 5-0 and 3-0, respectively. The Grizzlies put up a good fight during the first half of their game Friday night, which was played at the Mavericks stadium in front of a crowd of over 300 spectators. Even with home field advantage the Mavericks were unable to capitalize against a strong Grizzly defense for the first 45 minutes of competitive play.
The second half was not as positive for the Grizzlies. Mesa came out with force, scoring two goals in the first four minutes of the second half and continuing their threat, ending the game with a total of 5 unanswered goals. Goals were scored by Natali Koen, Kelly Husky, Kira Brannan, Kelci Cripse, and Kaselyn Butters. Shots were taken by the Grizzly’s Ashley Grover, Kaylee Smith and Kenzie Favero, who applied pressure on Maverick keepers Alicia Kahler and Kaitlin Bennett but were unable to put the ball in the net.
The Fort Lewis game had a similar outcome as the Grizzlies dropped to a
2-4 record on the season. Though the game was evenly matched in physicality, Adams women were unable to take advantage of opportunities. The Skyhawks took down the Grizzlies on their home turf. The Fort Lewis attack was lead by Jamie Macarthur, who scored two of the Skyhawk’s three goals and had 6 of her teams’ combined 17 shots. Also recording a goal for the visiting lady Skyhawks was Torrey Larson, a reserve freshman who now has two goals on the season. The Grizzly’s offense was led by sophomore Jessica Hellweg who tallied 6 of the Grizzly’s 9 shots in the match, though none were able to sneak past
Skyhawk keeper Christine Schmelzle.
The grizzlies face another tough competitor this Friday, September 18th, when they take on Nebraska Kearney at home at 3 pm.