SUNDAY, AUGUST 28, 2011
Late goal too much to overcome as women’s soccer falls to CC, 1-0
Kelsey Wise capitalized on a long pass to score in the 80th minute as the JU women’s soccer team lost, 1-0, to Colorado College in Colorado Springs on Sunday afternoon.

The Dolphins battled even with Tigers for the game’s first 79:48. But Wise took Sarah Haizlip’s feed and buried a shot just inside the right post for the only scoring. JU fell to 1-2-1 and came away from its two-game trip through Colorado with one point after playing Northern Colorado to a scoreless tie on Friday.

“We played well against a good team,” JU head coach Brian Copham said. “We competed all over the field. Unfortunately, we just had one let-up off a set piece and it was the difference today.”

Sophomore goalkeeper Sarah Sierra continued her stellar play. After posting a career high with seven saves in her first career shutout two days ago, the netminder again recorded seven stops to keep JU competitive. She has saved 15 of the last 16 shots-on-goal faced dating to the UNC Charlotte contest on Aug. 21.

Sarah made three saves in the opening half and helped negate an 8-3 overall corner-kicks advantage for Colorado College. But counterpart Hanna Berglund made six saves, including three in the second half, to lift the Tigers to its first win of the season after starting 0-3.

“She played well and continued to give us a chance to win,” Copham said. “Overall, our entire defensive was solid and we didn’t allow too many chances.”

Freshman forward Kaitlyn Bassett paced the JU attack with a team-high three shots. The Littleton, Colo. native had two of her three shots in the opening half.

Junior forward Eva Leeper had one last chance to tie it, firing a shot that Berglund saved with 3:17 left on the clock to preserve the win for Colorado College.

“We came all the way out here for the challenge and to see how we compare against very good teams,” Copham said about JU’s longest road trip of the year. “There are some things we need to work on, but overall it was a good trip with many positives that we can take home.”

- By Brian Bohl