Host Adams State College jumped out to a 2-0 lead and held on for a 3-0 women’s soccer win over New Mexico Highlands University on Wednesday in Alamosa, Colo.
For the Grizzlies it was their second win in three games. NMHU fell to 2-13 overall and 2-9 in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play after being held scoreless a sixth consecutive match.
ASC sophomore Jessica Hellweg and junior Ashley Grover got Adams State a two-goal lead by intermission.
Grizzly goalkeeper Kirsten Dorsey picked up her second shutout of the campaign as she made five saves for ASC, which improved to 5-10 overall and 3-8 in RMAC play, remaining in contention for a conference tournament berth.
The Cowgirls played evenly with their hosts for the first half hour, but the Grizzlies took control after that, reported ASC sports information director Chris Day.
“It was near the end of that stretch when Hellweg made a long dribbling run down the right flank while getting around a Cowgirl defender,” Day said in a news release. “She then put in a shot into the near bottom corner of the goal that tipped off (NMHU keeper) Lauren Waite.”
Ten and a half minutes later, Grizzly freshman Rikki Leyba served a long pass to junior Grover at the top of the box, Day noted. Grover turned and scored past Waite.
A penalty kick in the 54th minute almost made it a one-goal affair. But Kimberly Hutchings’ shot went high, bouncing off the crossbar.
“There was some controversy on the play,” Day said, “as Hutchings rebounded her originally penalty kick and headed the ball into the net. However, the goal was disallowed as Hutchings was the first to touch the ball after it hit the crossbar.”
Adams State gained some insurance at the 73:58 mark when frosh Kaylee Smith went top shelf against second-half goalkeeper Shannon Delarosbil.
Hutchings and Yolanda Elias had three shots apiece to lead the Cowgirls.
A big first half propelled visiting Robertson to a 3-0 shutout of district rival Pojoaque in girls’ soccer Wednesday in Jacona.
Randall Schweigert opened scoring with a goal in the 23rd minute off a Rheanne Parks assist.
Schweigert assisted the next goal just four minutes later, a score by Belen Romero.
Then in the 32nd minute, Amy King took a pass from MariaLucia Carrillo and punched it in for what would be a 3-0 halftime advantage.
“It was a little harder in the second half,” said RHS coach Ray Parks, who noted that a blinding sunset made attacks problematic.
Lady Cardinal keeper Maggie Duran had two saves, both in the second half.