August 24, 2012

Soccer battles back to tie Colorado College

By RYAN PFEIFER
UNCBears.com

GREELEY—The Northern Colorado women's soccer team showed a lot of heart and effort Friday night at Jackson Stadium in coming from two goals down to tie the Colorado College Tigers, 2-2 in double overtime.

"The team worked really hard today," said head coach Tim Barrera. "I am really proud of our effort, and going to overtime will help this team when more pressure situations happen throughout the year."

 The Bears will now travel to Logan, Utah to take on defending WAC champion Utah State Friday at 4 pm.

 Trailing 2-0 early in the second half, junior forward Brittany Dunn (Centennial, Colo.) stole the ball away from Colorado College and flew down the field to put the ball into the right side of the net on the 64th minute.

Dunn finished the night with six total shots and five of them on goal and her goal completely changed the momentum off the game.

"Her goal really energized our team," Barrera said. "She was active and physical and fast tonight, which really helped."

Less than four minutes later sophomore midfielder Madison Yoswa (Aurora, Colo.) scored the equalizer. Yoswa was set up by a nice pass from freshman midfielder Rebecca Lancia (San Diego, Calif.). 

Senior goalkeeper Natalie D'Adamio again helped keep the Bears in the game. She ended the game with five saves, but none bigger than the one she made on a kick off the foot of sophomore midfielder Jessie Ayers with under four minutes remaining. D'Adamio made a sprawling jump save to her right to knock the ball out of the way and keep the score tied.

"It was like one of those out-of-body experiences," said D'Adamio about the save. "I think this tie helps this team gain confidence and move on from here."

The Tigers built their lead with a goal by Ayers in the 38th minute of the game and the second goal from senior forward Brittany Lyman early in the second half.