CMC Eagles win opener
Staff ReportThe Colorado Mountain College Eagles soccer team answered some questions in its first game as a sanctioned junior college program Saturday on its home field at Gates Soccer Park.One of head coach Steve White’s big questions heading into the season was whether the team had any finishers. After the squad’s 3-2 victory over Air Force Prep, White can rest a little easier.
Rodrigo Chiarelo and Marcos Quezada each tallied a goal and an assist in the game and the Eagles also had a goal called back against Air Force.”We really got production from our midfield putting balls into the scoring zone,” White said. “I think the finishers are there.”Along with the scorers, White singled out the play of forward Luis Chavez, a product of Lake County High School, who kept the Air Force defense on its heels throughout the game.”The player who showed me the most was Chavez. He’s working hard,” White said. “He got our first shot of the day and missed it, but continued to put the pressure on their defense.”
Chiarelo scored off a pass from Quezada in the 20th minute for the first goal of the season. Air Force evened the game at 1-all 10 minutes later, but Quezada, who spent last season playing for Moffat County High School, found the back of the net prior to halftime for a 2-1 advantage.Air Force again tied the game in the 65th minute, but Jon Swanson of Sioux Falls, Iowa, finished a cross from Chiarelo in the 85th minute for the game winner and the Eagles were able to hold on to the lead until the final whistle.”One of the things that was kind of critical was that our fitness level wasn’t high enough so we started to fade,” White said. “But the players were able to make good decisions and able to keep possession of the ball.”We just haven’t had enough time on the field yet.”
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Sophomore goalkeeper Travis Green made 15 saves while keeping host Larimie County Community College off the scoreboard for 70 minutes on Sunday. Unfortunately, the visiting Eagles (1-1) couldn’t find their offense and succombed 2-0 when the Golden Eagles broke the scoreless tie on an indirect free kick, then added the insurance goal on a crossing shot to the right side in the 79th minute.Green made his final save of the game a couple minutes later when he stopped a penalty kick.CMC resumes its schedule Saturday with a womens-mens doubleheader against Colorado Christian University at Gates Soccer Park.CMC resumes its schedule Saturday with a womens-mens doubleheader against Colorado Christian University at Gates Soccer Park.
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