The Highlands Cowgirls fought back from a 2-0 halftime deficit Sunday but the rally fell short in a 2-1 loss to visiting Colorado Christian.
NMHU is 1-6 overall and 1-2 in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play. CCU is 5-0-1 and 2-0.
The Cougars struck early in the match when Mallorie Kenczewicz scored in the fifth minute. Jessica Smith added a goal at the 22:35 mark, and that would hold for the halftime score.
In the 57th minute, Heidi Nakaoka booted a shot past CCU gooalkeeper Liana Signorile to bring the Cowgirls within one goal of the tie. Kimberly Hutchings and Stephanie Devisser were credited with assists on the play.
Over the remaining 33 minutes, both defenses played stingy, leaving the Cougars victorious for the fifth time in six matches to date. Highlands managed to get two shots off in the final five minutes. Yolanda Elias’ attempt went wide, and Ashley Kramer’s kick with 1:19 left was high.
Lauren Waite played the entire match at keeper for NMHU, recording three saves. Waite has split time at keeper this season with Shannon Delarosbil.
NMHU outshot CCU 15-6, but Signorile stopped seven of the eight shots on goal.
The team plays RMAC foe Colorado State-Pueblo this afternoon in Pueblo, then treks to Nebraska-Kearney for a Friday matchup.