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Tigers tame Bears 2-0

September 17, 2010 | 9:20 am No comments
By Shaun Schafer

The Northern Colorado Bears’ four-game unbeaten streak came to an end Thursday with a 2-0 loss to Colorado College in Colorado Springs.

The Bears fell to 5-3-1 on the season, losing for just the second time during their six-game road trip, this time to a talented Tigers’ squad that has played a number of quality opponents already this season. The Tigers extended their undefeated streak to five games (3-0-2) and improved overall to 4-1-2 heading into Sunday’s match at home against No. 13-ranked Oklahoma State University.

“We translated what we’ve been working on in practice into our game today,” said Tigers head coach Geoff Bennett. “We hit the crossbar a few times but we never got frustrated, and to play that well against such a good Northern Colorado team bodes very well for us. Everything’s going in a positive direction right now. We just need to make sure we keep it that way.”

In the first half, neither team was able to get on the scoreboard, although both teams had some chances early on. Bears’ goalkeeper Kirstin Salminen made four saves in the first half to keep the score even at 0-0.

Early in the second half, however, the Tigers found the net with a goal from Madison Whitehead in the 52nd minute.

In the 68th minute, Colorado College got some breathing room when Tiffany Brown scored her fourth goal of the season.

“Today just wasn’t our day,” Northern Colorado head coach Tim Barrera said. “We played better, I thought, in the second half. They just capitalized on a few of our mistakes, and we couldn’t catch them.”

For the game, Colorado College out-shot the visiting Bears by a 19-11 margin, including a 12-5 edge in the first half when a pair of Brittney Lyman headers from in close clanked off the crossbar. Brown also hit the crossbar with a blast from the left side shortly after intermission with the score still tied at 0-0.

Northern Colorado will finally get to come home next week after this long road trip. The Bears will battle New Mexico State and Boise State at Jackson Field next Friday and Saturday, Sept. 24 and Sept. 26.

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