March 26, 2011

Women's soccer performs well in first home spring match

Spring schedule

GREELEY -- The Northern Colorado women's soccer team continued its spring exhibition season Saturday night with its first home match. The Bears played a full 90-minute match against the Colorado School of Mines Orediggers and came away with a 3-0 victory.

The action was tight in the first half, as both team struggled to find good scoring opportunities. Northern Colorado finally found the back of the net off a set piece from a free-kick. Aundreaha Martinez let sail a cross into the box, and Ariel Cook was there to knock it into the back of the net.

The Bears came out of the locker room at halftime with a flurry of offensive action, as they put together two goals before five minutes had elapsed from the clock.

The first goal of the second half came as Ariel Cook headed a corner kick from Kimmie Feidler past Mines' goalkeeper Penny Rogers. Just moments later, Brandi Hopkins came through with the final goal of the game, converting a cross from Brittany Dunn.

Earlier this spring, the Bears traveled to the campus of Wyoming University to participate in four matches against several in-state schools and Wyoming.

The Bears finished out that day with three ties and a loss. In the first match, they battled host Wyoming to a 0-0 tie as Kirstin Salminen and Natalie D'Adamio combined for the shutout in goal.

Next up, the Bears tied Colorado 1-1 as Ariel Cook scored off a Kimmie Feidler pass. The team also battled Denver to a 1-1 tie, as Feidler scored an unassisted goal in that match. In the final match of the day, the Bears fell to Mines 1-0.

"So far, this spring has been great for the Bears," said Northern Colorado head coach Tim Barrera. "It's been really good to get everyone some playing time and especially to give some of our younger players some game-experience."

Next on the docket for Northern Colorado is another home appearance, Wednesday night, March 30, against Colorado at 6 p.m. at Jackson Stadium.

The Bears will then travel to Regis University this weekend to take on Air Force at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 2, Regis at 12:45 and Fort Lewis at 2 p.m.

Admission is free to all spring home games, including the Bears' spring tournament on April 16, when they will face Wyoming, Air Force and Colorado College.

Also highlighted on the Bears' schedule is their annual Alumni Match at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 9. The game is always a favorite on the spring schedule, as it gives current Bears a chance to compete against players from years past.