The Ranger men outscored the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs Mountain Lions 1-0 in today's RMAC soccer match in Denver. The game brought the Ranger's overall record to 5-2-1 and their RMAC Conference record to 2-2-1.
The Rangers were challenged by the saves of the Mountain Lion Goalkeeper, Brandon Costa, but were able to secure an opportunity to score in the first half. Head coach Tony McCall commented, "It was a fantastic performance today." He continued, "I thought that every single player really stood up and showed a lot of character, but what pleased me the most was our play from the beginning to the end."
In the 20th minute, forward Martin Maybin received a penalty kick after a rough header competition. His first attempt was blocked by UCCS' goalie Brandon Costa, but knocked down in front of the goal. Maybin took the second opportunity to finish the job and bring the Rangers up 1-0.
The score would remain the same until the clock ran out; however, the Mountain Lions had a chance to score in the final seconds of the game. Defender Keegan Bast stepped up and cleared the ball giving his opponents no chance at over time play.
"It was good to get back to winning ways, we played as a team today and that's the first time we've been organized and fought together," said Maybin. He continued, "From other games, it doesn't matter how well we play; if we don't fight, we're not going to win."
The Rangers had 12 shots on goal on the day. Goalkeeper Chris Couperus will get the shutou with two saves.
McCall stated, "We were good at the back, we were creative in the midfield, and we worked hard out front, so it was an all-around team performance against a very good UCCS team." He went on to say, "Their coach does a fantastic job and they've got a good team, but I thought we dominated them."
"It just shows you how tight this conference is whenever you lose to Metro State and they beat Metro; we're all beating each other, so this conference is wide open." He went on to say, "We are just excited that we've come in and shown a lot of good resilience and quality play."
McCall finished, "Now, we move on and see what we can come up with next week."
The Rangers will play Colorado Mesa on Friday, October 7th at 4:00 PM. The match will take place in Denver, Colo. at the Regis University Match Pitch.