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Eagles end road trip with win

The Colorado Mountain College Eagles soccer team found their offensive touch on Sunday and earned a 5-3 win against the Air Force Academy’s prep team in Colorado Springs.

The victory, CMC’s third of the year, evened the Eagles weekend road record at 1-1.

Glenwood Springs High School graduate Derek Weller scored two goals. Sophomore forward Kevin Arnold finished with three assists.



CMC’s Hugo Araujo opened the scoring on a free kick shot in the 7th minute. Weller and Hernando Garcia scored between an Air Force goal to raise the Eagles lead to 3-1 just before halftime.

Weller notched his second goal in the 55th minute. Daniel Sanchez gave CMC a three-goal lead when his shot inside the penalty area found the far post with 13 minutes left.



Eagle goalkeeper Travis Green made 18 saves in Sunday’s game, including a key stop in the 85th minute.

“The passing between the midfield and the forwards is as good as we’ve had this season,” said CMC head coach Steve White. “This win felt really good.”

On Saturday, the Eagles dropped a 6-3 game in Denver to Johnson and Wales.

Johnson and Wales got off to a 2-0 lead with a pair of goals in the first 25 minutes of play before Weller netted a goal to cut the lead in half just prior to halftime.

Johnson and Wales, which includes former Rifle High player Paul Knipping in the midfield, extended its lead to 5-1 in second half, but the Eagles mounted a comeback in the wet conditions with goals by Marcos Quezada and Luis Chavez. The rally fell short, however, and Johnson and Wales sealed the contest with a late goal for the final.

CMC hosts the 20-team Colorado Mountain College Invitational Friday through Sunday. The field includes a 12-team large school bracket and an eight-team small-school group.

The Eagles open tournament play Friday against Salt Lake Community College at 6 p.m.


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