By MICHAEL GORMAN
This past Sunday, at our home field, the Colorado College Women’s Soccer team finished with a 0–0 draw for the third time in four games. The Tigers played well throughout the game by keeping possession the majority of the time, but they just couldn’t finish on their chances. The visiting Colorado State University Rams stayed strong despite dealing with intense pressure for the duration of the game.
This game followed suit in what has been a recent trend for the Tigers; low-scoring ties in overtime. Although they haven’t been winning as much as they’d like, but they also haven’t lost much. The Tigers have only lost once in their last six games.
Throughout the game this Sunday, the Tigers applied pressure to the Ram back line, but not even the greatest efforts of superstar midfielder Lauren Milliet could break through. Once again, Milliet ran the show with eight shots as well as several steals, constantly hassling the Rams on both sides of the ball.
The defense was the Tiger’s strong point on Sunday afternoon. All throughout the game, the Rams sent balls in on the attack but had little success as the entire back line moved in unison, dominating any attackers that dared to try.
Especially impressive were the efforts of center back junior Kelli Sullivan. She had absolutely no issue handling the persistent Ram attackers, working well with the rest of the defense.
“Defensively, we really wanted a shutout,” Sullivan said. “We wanted to pick it up and play our style, which we didn’t do on Friday [against Wyoming].”
The entire game was almost repetitive: the Tigers would maintain possession, take a shot on goal or a corner kick, and then the Ram defense would dismantle the play.
The game was even in more ways than the score, as both squads recorded six saves and 11 fouls. Each keeper had their fair share of saves, but the Tiger first-year Jade Odom was especially impressive, with an incredibly athletic jumping save in the final minutes of regulation.
The Rams had more shots, but only by two (21–19), and most of their shots were meaningless, coming from far outside the 18-yard box. The Tigers were more selective in their attack, with many attempts close to the keeper.
On Sept. 15, playing against Yale University, the Tigers held up against a high powered attack, earning a 0–0 tie.
On Sept. 17, midfielder Johanna Hamblett scored the first goal of her career in a 1–1 tie versus University of Connecticut.
On Sept. 22, the Tigers lost for the first time in three weeks while hosting Wyoming, as the Cowboys struck in the first 10 minutes and didn’t let up despite a heavy barrage in the second half.
We wish the Tigers good luck in their upcoming games on the road.