Men’s soccer had a shutout against Colorado Christian University for the second time this season.
The Roadrunners defeated the Cougars 4-0 Oct. 12 at Auraria Field. The win improved the Runners overall record to 8-6-0 and 5-5-0 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.
“It was a good response from the first weekend,” head coach Ken Parsons said. “We needed to put up a good performance against a team that we had done pretty well against the first time and we knew it was going to be tougher the second time around.”
The Roadrunners controlled the tempo of the game. The Cougar’s defense was strong, but not strong enough, as the Runners were able to find openings and capitalize on them.
It was junior midfielder Brendon Hughes who scored first for the Runners in the 18th minute. Hughes got an open shot in front of a congested Cougars goal, but was able to slide the ball past Cougars goalkeeper David Ilgenfritz to give his team a 1-0 lead.
After the Roadrunner’s first goal, they raised their intensity and put more pressure on the Cougars.
With 11 minutes left in the first half the Roadrunner’s scored again. Senior forward Marc Herschberger fired a shot past the Cougars goalie from the top left of the box to make the score 2-0.
“We came out strong,” Herschberger said. “We were able to possess the ball, pass it around and I think that’s what gave us a lot of the chances that we got.”
Metro ended the first half with a comfortable 2-0 lead.
It started to rain going into the second half, but the weather didn’t dampen the Roadrunners’ ability to score.
“The weather was crazy. It was nice to start and then it started raining,” Hughes said. It was quite bothersome to the players on the field.
The second half closely resembled the first, as the Roadrunners kept the pressure on the Cougars and increased their lead. Fifteen minutes into the second half, Metro scored their third goal. Hughes scored his second goal of the game off a pass from freshman forward Danny Arrubla. It was Hughes’ sixth goal of the season.
The Roadrunners continued their dominance. The finishing blow was from junior midfielder Andy Lopez. With 16 minutes left in the game, Lopez scored off of a corner kick making the score 4-0. Freshman midfielder Pierce Galan gave him a great pass as he headed the ball into the goal.
“It was a real good performance,” Parsons said. “I knew it was going to be a little bit more difficult the second time around. We beat Colorado Christian 7-0 the first time and I’m a firm believer that you can learn more from a game by losing than you can from winning.”
The Roadrunners were poised as they ended the game up 4-0. They shut down the Cougars and maintained their lead throughout the entire game.