Metro women’s soccer team upset the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs 1-0 in overtime Oct. 28 at Auraria Field.
It was senior day. Appropriately, Metro senior forward Aubrey Fondy kick-started the sequence of events for the lone goal. Fondy moved the ball up the right side of the field and took a shot at the net but a Mountain Lions defender, trying to clear the ball, deflected it into her own net.
“I couldn’t have done it without my team, but I couldn’t have left on a better note on senior day,” Fondy said. “It was just huge for us to get this win.”
This win improved the lady Runners conference record 9-3-2 and overall 12-4-2.
Although the Mountain Lions applied defensive pressure, they allowed the Roadrunners to get eight shots on goal in the first half.
Metro defenders did a great job controlling their side of the field, allowing only one shot on goal in the half.
The score was tied at zero throughout the first half. Neither team could gain an edge over the other.
“We knew it was going to be a battle. We knew UCCS was going to try to get the result today and we needed the result as well, so I thought we were much more dangerous in attacks,” head coach Adrianne Almaraz said. “They had some good chances as well, but we got a lucky bounce, hit the girl and got an own goal. You gotta do what you gotta do to win.”
Both teams were fired up in the second half with neither team willing to be the first to give up a goal.
“We came ready,” senior defender Hayley Renko said. “We had four seniors starting in the back today, so we really came to play. We knew what was at stake.”
Metro’s defense was solid and withstood numerous attempts from UCCS. There was a lot of physical play. Elbows were being thrown and players were getting tripped in attempts to steal the ball. The physical nature of the game found Metro with 11 fouls and UCCS with 10.
As the clock ticked down, both teams focused more than ever. Neither team was giving up, but neither team was getting any breaks. With six minutes left in the second half Metro made one final push to score. The Roadrunners got close, but the Mountain Lions held them off. The game ended with the score still tied at zero as it went into overtime.
The Roadrunners pushed the Mountain Lions back into their goal and with 5:36 left on the clock in overtime, Metro caught a break when a UCCS defender deflected the ball into her goal. The win earned the lady Runners the No. 3 seed going into the RMAC tournament.