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Davis, Rangers breeze past Mountain Lions

October 22, 2009 | 11:42 am No comments
By George Tanner

Marissa Davis scored a goal and added an assist to lead the Regis University women’s soccer team to a 2-0 win over Colorado-Colorado Springs on Wednesday evening at Mountain Lion Stadium in the Springs.

The match was rescheduled from Oct. 11, when an ice storm left the pitch unplayable. The makeup conditions were little better, with temperatures at 29 degrees and a stiff breeze blowing snow from the north.

Regis took control from the outset. Except for the moments immediately following the opening kickoff, the Rangers kept the ball in the UCCS end for the first 5 minutes, 7 seconds, including three shots in the first 1:38. Using the stiff wind to full advantage, the Rangers outshot UCCS 15-2 in the period.

One of those shots found its mark. With the cold and constant pressure taking their toll, the Mountain Lions’ defense found itself flat-footed. Ashley Collins thwarted what should have been a goal at the 34:25 mark but, unable to clear the ball, Collins couldn’t prevent Chelsea Reichard from converting a Davis crossing pass 18 seconds later.

A Mountain Lion turnover created the Rangers’ second goal. A mis-hit allowed Kari Taylor to intercept the ball in the UCCS zone, and she proceeded to carry the ball to the left side of the penalty area. Her cross went off of UCCS goalkeeper Kayla Millar and was bumped in by Davis.

With the wind at their back, the Mountain Lions had an 8-7 shot advantage in the second half but couldn’t sneak one past Regis goalkeeper Rosie Campbell, who had three saves in recording her sixth shutout of the season.

Millar made six saves for UCCS.

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