UCCS women's soccer title hopes end with 2-1 defeat
The University of Colorado Colorado Springs women's soccer team can stand tall as their season came to a close with a 2-1 defeat to second-ranked and undefeated Carson-Newman (Tenn.) in the NCAA Division II Women's Soccer Championship semifinals on Thursday.
A newcomer to the national tournament, UCCS gave the Eagles (21-0-1) everything they could handle in the first semifinal of the day as they outshot Carson-Newman, 15 to 12.
The Mountain Lions (17-5-1) gave up the game's first goal with just four minutes remaining in the first half when Magda Mosengo sent her shot to the upper right corner, scoring her 17th goal of the season off a feed from Emilee Futrell.
The duo struck again in the 70th minute when Mosengo assisted Futrell who found herself in space in front of goal, sending her shot to the lower right corner.
UCCS got one back five minutes later when Anna Gregg blasted home her sixth goal of the season from 25 yards out, beating Eagles' goalkeeper Jaqueline Burns as the ball found the back of the net just underneath the crossbar.
Gregg's goal was the first goal allowed by Carson-Newman in the tournament.
Both Gregg and Bailee Jameson led with two shots on goal for UCCS as Gregg posted a team-high five shots.
UCCS tacked on five shots in the final minutes of action as they dominated possession, but were unable to find the equalizer to send the game into overtime.
The No. 23-ranked Mountain Lions forced Burns to make six saves as Taylor Proctor was credited with three for UCCS.
The Mountain Lions also took four corner kicks to Carson-Newman's one.
Despite the loss, UCCS finished their season with many firsts, including wins in a season. The team also captured their first RMAC Tournament championship before winning the South Central Regional title in the third round of the NCAA Tournament.
The run to the semifinals is also a first for the program as they had never qualified the NCAA tournament.