Oct. 7, 2011
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Col. - Colorado College scored the lone goal of the game in the 18th minute and nine saves by keeper Hanna Berglund made the 1-0 margin stand as the Rice soccer team dropped a Conference USA road match Friday evening in Colorado Springs, Col.
The shots were an even 2-2 over the first 15 minutes of the contest, but Colorado College alertly jumped on a Rice miscue to move in front on the scoreboard. As the Owls' backline played the ball back to keeper Amy Czyz, the Blue & Gray did not get the ball back safely. Colorado College junior forward Brittney Lyman made the most of the Rice turnover and converted on a shot for her fourth goal of the season.
Rice was trailing for the first time in two weeks but continued to apply the offensive pressure. The Owls finished the half with a 7-5 lead in shots and a 6-2 advantage in corner kicks. With only one loss this season when playing at home in Rocky Mountains, the Tigers held on in the second half for the 1-0 final.
The Owls saw their two-match win streak snapped to fall to 8-4-1 overall and 3-2-0 in conference. Colorado College's record improved to 6-4-3 on the year and 4-0-1 in C-USA play. Rice head coach Nicky Adams was able to stay positive by looking at the big picture.
"We had lost only one time in the last five games, and this was actually one of our better games over that time," Coach Adams said. "We had a mistake that Colorado College was able to take advantage of, and a young team has to learn that good teams in our conference are going to be able to do that. The worst thing we can do is come unwound when we otherwise played well, and lose focus when we still have a lot of games to go.
"We won't do that," Adams explained. "That was the first time we had trailed in a while and I thought we played and fought hard. I thought we were connecting passes really well. Our midfield did a really good job of controlling the tempo. (Freshman midfielder) Quinney Truong was fantastic. Technically she did some rally, really, good things and was very dangerous for us. We had quite a few chances, we just needed to work a little bit better on one sequence.
"As it got late in the game we began to take some longer, lower percentage shots, but overall there is a lot from today that we can build-on," she added. "We created opportunities. We have six games left and if keep doing that we'll help ourselves the rest of the season."
The Owls still have one more road game left on the current stretch of four-straight away from home. Rice next plays at longtime rival UTEP on Sunday (Oct. 9). Start time with the Miners is set for 2 pm Central time. Rice finally returns for the final two home games of the regular season on Oct. 14 & 16. The C-USA postseason tournament is in November.
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