Nov. 1, 2013
By Craig Buchanan
Athletic Media Relations
FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- The Colorado State Rams' women's soccer program ended its 2013 campaign on a positive note, earning a 2-2 draw against intra-state rival Northern Colorado in Greeley on Friday night.
Early on in the match, the Rams found a way to end the scoring drought that had been plaguing the team for the previous five matches and played with a lot of passion throughout the 110-minute, double-overtime match.
"The young women have been like this all year long," Head Coach Bill Hempen said. "They have played their tails off and given every ounce of effort they can give, but they haven't been rewarded for it. We didn't get the win, but we didn't lose either; I'm happy."
Knowing that they were playing in their last match of the season, the Rams looked determined to get a result against its rival.
Just seven minutes into the match, Colorado State was rewarded for its early efforts with a goal from freshman midfielder Lizzy Gogolowski, the first of her career. The header goal was assisted from freshman midfielder Amy Eckert off of a corner kick, and was only a sign of the type of night that Gogolowski would have.
Colorado State looked to add to its lead as it continued to put the pressure on the Bears. The Rams were once again nearly rewarded for their efforts as freshman midfielder Carly Seib blasted a shot that hit off the post and bounced out of bounds in the 18th minute.
After withstanding the early pressure, Northern Colorado began to find its own rhythm in the match. In the 25th minute, Juliana Grover tied the match up for the Bears as she stepped in front of a CSU passing lane to secure possession and scored on a shot from 30-yards out.
10 minutes later, Sydney Schroeder got in on the scoring action as she rebounded her own shot into the net to give UNC a 2-1 lead which it took into halftime.
While the Rams were outshot 7-3 in the first half, they faced even more pressure in the second half as the Bears relentlessly attacked with 16 shots in the half. UNC was unsuccessful in its attempt to add to its lead as freshman goalie Elena Eidson stopped seven shots in the second half and overtime alone.
While the Rams defended, they patiently waited for their opportunity to find the equalizer. In the 69th minute, Colorado State would get just that as freshman midfielder Jessica Jochheim found Gogolowski for her second goal of the match.
"Lizzy missed the middle part of our season because of a concussion, but she came back an even stronger player," Hempen said. "She became a player that wanted to attack. For her to play this well heading into the offseason, it is just great."
With the score all knotted up at 2-2 after the first 90 minutes, the teams went back to their benches and prepared for overtime. The Rams came out and looked to find a way to score the deciding goal, but were turned away on their two shots in the overtime periods.
Northern Colorado also couldn't muster any goals on its scoring opportunities, ending the match in a 2-2 draw.
"They are probably feeling pretty good right now, as they should," Hempen said. "Although it's not a win, it's a positive. They showed they can come back and compete."