Eagle men almost land first victory
The Colorado Mountain College men’s soccer team was 45 minutes away from what looked like its first win of the season, but everything came undone in the second half as the Eagles lost 5-4 to Cloud City Community College on Sunday at Gates Soccer Complex.Playing two halves that were as opposite as the landscape at the Spring Valley Campus and Cloud City’s home in Kansas, CMC (0-7) let a 4-0 halftime lead go to waste as CCCC scored five goals in the second half to overtake the Eagles.”I think we were way overconfident in that second half,” said CMC head coach Steve White. “We handled them so well in the first half, we were up 4 goals at halftime and thinking this is our game we just lost our composure.”Jake Fassett got CMC off to a good start, using his head to redirect a Michael Hutchinson free kick into CCCC’s goal six minutes into the game. Jorge Alvarado scored just four minutes later, dribbling past two defenders for a one-on-one where he came out on top.Fassett assisted another Eagle goal 23 minutes into the first half, centering the ball to Max Von Rabenau, who with a sliding effort, punched it into the back of the net.Fassett upped the lead to 4-0 when he sent a rocket into the goal on a direct kick from the 30-yard line in the closing minutes of the first frame.Then the second half of play began.Eagle goalkeeper Mario Linares, who made seven saves in the first half, made two more in the first 15 minutes before being replaced by Von Rabenau. Less than one minute into Von Rabenau’s time in goal, CCCC’s Edgar Granados scored on a direct kick just outside of the penalty box.As if a floodgate had opened, the goals just kept coming for Cloud City.Robby Gonzalez let loose on a breakaway four minutes after Granados’ goal to score an unassisted goal of his own. Three minutes later, Gonzalez centered the ball to Darryl Odom, who popped a score over Von Rabenau.CMC held onto its 4-3 lead for the next 15 minutes before Gonzalez and Odom hooked up again in a goal that was almost identical to their last. Just like that the game was tied with only nine minutes to go in regulation. In the final minute of regulation, Gonzalez blasted a shot that ricocheted off the left post and into the goal past a diving Von Rabenau for what turned out to be the game winner.”We seem to be playing 45 minutes at a time instead of 90,” said Cloud City head coach Dane Straight. Even though Straight said his team only truly played for one half, when it did focus, it looked sharp.”That second half – that’s the team I have expected all year, but we’ve been up and down all year,” Straight said. “But it was a heck of a comeback, I really enjoyed that.”The Eagles, led by Cory McGrath, did not give up. They fought during the few minutes of injury time to get five shots on goal, three of which came from the foot of McGrath. Two of McGrath’s shots went wide, only missing by a short distance. CMC’s last attempt came on a Brian Beddall direct kick near the midfield line. The shot had enough distance, but couldn’t quite sneak over the Cloud City’s keeper.”We missed some opportunities that we should have had,” White said. “There was a couple breakaway goals that should have been easy ones and when you give up a couple chances and you are over confident, you are not playing at the pace you need to be playing at and you think you can relax a little bit. But you can’t do it. In college ball you have to go 100 percent all the time.”On Friday night, CMC lost another home game to defending league champion North Idaho College by a score of 5-0.The Eagles will try again for their first win when they host Salt Lake City Community College on Friday at 6 p.m.Both the men’s and women’s Eagle squads will then host the CMC Mountain Cup Invitational on Saturday and Sunday.
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