CMC women’s team display their desire to play |

CMC women’s team display their desire to play

When the Colorado Mountain College women’s soccer team came up short two players for this weekend’s road trip, the nine-person squad responded negatively to the idea of forfeiting games to Salt Lake Community College and Western Nevada.

“We’re going,” said the roster-challenge Eagles girls. CMC lost both contests, but earned a lot of praise from their coach Steve White for their effort.

“It’s not often that a coach can look at a loss with such pride and awe,” White said of Saturday’s 5-1 defeat to Salt Lake.

The host team saw the Eagles plight and rather than taking advantage, SLCC, agreed to also play the game with nine players.

CMC goalie Courtney Stuckey kept the Bruins scoreless until the 10th minute before the Eagles Tessa Justman scored the team’s first goal four minutes later with a shot to the far post for a 1-all tie.

Stuckey made 11 saves in the first half, but gave up a goal to the Bruins in the 24th minute for a 2-1 lead at intermission.

The Eagle goalkeeper suffered an injury in the second half, but continued to play.

In the men’s game with SLCC, Jake Fassett scored the Eagles’ lone goal in a 2-1 loss on a penalty kick in the first half.

The soccer team host the annual Colorado Mountain College Invitational Cup this weekend. All games are played on the college’s Spring Valley campus at Gates Soccer Park.

The tournament consists of 16 men’s and six women’s teams from Colorado, Nebraska, Wyoming and Utah. Play opens at 4 p.m. Friday, then continues with a full slate of matches Saturday and Sunday.

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