March 31, 2010

Bears produce strong results in weekend games

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GREELEY, Colo. – The Northern Colorado women’s soccer team continued its spring competition with a trio of games over the weekend that gave the squad good reason to be optimistic for the upcoming fall campaign.

The weekend opened on a down note when the Bears fell to the Lady Cowboys of Wyoming in a tough 2-0 loss at Jackson Field in a game where the Bears had a number of chances to score. “It was a good night to play”, said Northern Colorado head coach Tim Barrera. “We did a really good job of possessing the ball for most of the game, but we just struggled to finish goals”.  

Just a couple days later, the Bears were back in action in a three-team jamboree with Denver University and Regis. In the first of two games for Northern Colorado, the team emerged with a 1-0 victory against Denver; a team that earned an NCAA tournament bid the year before. Bears’ goalkeeper, Kirstin Salminen, a junior next year, was credited with the shutout, while Ariel Cook scored the lone goal of the game.

“Denver was the Sunbelt Conference champion last season”, said Barrera, please with his team’s performance. “Anytime you can be beat an NCAA Tournament team and conference champion, it’s good for your program.”

The second game of the day gave the Bears a chance to show some toughness as they came back from a 1-0 deficit in the second half to defeat the Regis Rangers 2-1. Both Northern Colorado goals were scored by Ariel Cook, putting her at three for the day.

“I’m pleased with how we fought back in game two against Regis,” Barrera said. “The girls were definitely tired after the Denver game, but we bounced back and did what we needed to do. I feel like we’re getting better every time we play”.

 Undoubtedly, Barrera hopes to continue the improvement he's seen over the spring season. Northern Colorado will next be in action April 10 as it plays three games that day against Air Force, Mesa State, and Metro State on the campus of Regis University.