August 29, 2010

Buffs defense too much for Bears, soccer loses 2-0 on road

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BOULDER, Colo. – The Northern Colorado women's soccer team could not win its second road-game of the season as the Bears lost to the Colorado Buffaloes 2-0 in Boulder. With the loss, the Bears fall to 2-2 on the season.

Provided with a chance to compete with a power-conference school and show the Big Sky Conference that their the team is for real, the Bears could never quite find their rhythm on a warm, sunny Sunday afternoon and faltered in the second-half.

The first-half play on the pitch at Prentup Field was defensively-oriented, with neither team coming up with many scoring opportunities. Combined, the two teams had just eight shots in the first 45 minutes.

The second-half however, was a different story as Colorado finally broke through in the 61st minute when Kym Lowry scored her second goal of the young season. The assist was credited to Caroline Danneberg.

The Lady Buffaloes secured their victory late in the game when Amanda Foulk scored in the 86th minute off of a Lowry assist.

"I thought today was a very well-played game on both sides," Northern Colorado head coach Tim Barrera said. "We had a couple good opportunities throughout the game, but we just couldn't put them away when we needed to.

"It's always disappointing to lose, but I'm proud of how hard our girls played. Going up against a team of Colorado's caliber can only help us going forward. "

The Bears found themselves struggling against Colorado's defense, getting only three shots on goal the entire game compared to six for the Buffaloes. Junior goalkeeper Kirstin Salminen kept Northern Colorado in the game, making four saves.

The game in Boulder marked the first in a stretch that has the Bears playing six in a row on the road. The team will have a few days to try and straighten things out before it travels up the road to Air Force to take on Fairleigh Dickinson and the Citadel in the Air Force Classic. They first play Fairleigh Dickinson on Sept. 3rd.