Story by Maranda Ryser
Clinching yet another win, the women’s soccer team claimed a 5-0 victory over Colorado Christian University Oct. 12 at Auraria Field.
The win adds to the MSU Denver’s seven-game winning streak, and improves their overall record to 10-2-1 and 7-1-1 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.
“We kept our competitive spirit throughout the game and came out and showed the team that we were playing, that we are Metro State and that’s what kept us on a winning streak, which we needed,” junior forward/midfielder Tess Hagenlock said.
Leading off the scoring, 20 minutes into the game, Hagenlock headed the ball into the net off a cross from junior defender Brittany Cito. The Roadrunners scored quickly again at 24:29, when sophomore forward Karisa Price found the net while she dribbled through the legs of her defender and scored past a diving goalie. The Roadrunners found themselves with a 2-0 lead going into halftime.
Hagenlock scored her second goal of the game off a ricochet shot that was initially blocked by Cougars goalie Caitlyn Moses, putting the Runners up 3-0 at 60:19 in the game.
Metro goalie Jordan Simkins faced two shots on goal and saved both of them, while CCU’s goal was hammered with 14 shots on goal and could only save nine.
“We had the ball 90 percent of the time, and when you have the ball most of the time you are going to be more dangerous,” head coach Adrianne Almaraz said.
In the last 15 minutes of the game, senior forward Aubrey Fondy contributed with a goal, shot from the deep right corner of the field. Only one minute later, junior midfielder Nicole Pollak scored the final goal of the game when she headed the ball into the net off a free kick from redshirt freshman midfielder Camilla Rodrigues, giving the Runners the 5-0 shutout win.
“I think what made us successful today is what makes us successful overall and that’s playing like a team and always pushing to get better,” Price said.
The Roadrunners are now No. 8 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America NCAA Division II, moving up from a No. 16 ranking at the beginning of the season.
“The big thing is that different players are contributing, different players are stepping up and they are playing as a team and it is fun to watch and they are building, which is great,” Almaraz said.