Grizzlies open 2021 campaign with loss to No. 25 Western Washington

Courtesy photo by Eric Flores Alamosa suffered their season opener to Western Washington

GOLDEN — The Adams State University women’s soccer team opened the 2021 season on Thursday as they played a neutral site game against No. 25 Western Washington University at Stermole Soccer Stadium on the campus of Colorado School of Mines. Adams State battled but fell 2-0.

“I’m really proud of our team and the way we responded to this team, no one thought we would go toe-to-toe with this team,” said Head Coach Colin Baker. “A few details let us down but in a few days we will be ready to go. I appreciate the opportunity to play a team like that.”

In the game Adams State posted in seven shots including three on goal. Goalkeeper Ashley Beers was the player of the game for the Grizzlies as faced 29 shots, 11 on goal, and made nine saves including two stellar ones.

A pleasant surprise is what Grizzly fans found as the first half of the game concluded. The hustle and tenacity of the Grizzlies were able to counter a powerful Viking attack that saw them take six corner kicks and 15 shots. Adams State was able to race their way forward and had several opportunities but had two shots in the first half.

The second half saw both teams have opportunities, however, Western Washington was able to capitalize on their first two shots of the half. The first was in the 56th minute as Tera Ziemer put it past a diving Ashley Beers. The second goal came in the 58th minute as Ziemer scored her second goal on a rebound with a shot bouncing off the right post and directly to the right foot of Ziemer for the goal.

“We can be dangerous when we string passes together and we attack as a group,” said Baker of the opportunities. “Certain players stepped up when we put them in.”

Adams State and had two golden moment as Carena Harrison raced down the right side and drew defenders toward her. At the last second, she found Alexandria Estrada for a one-timer that flew to the right.

In the 73rd minute, a battle for the ball in the box saw Sydney Wiedeman with a shot that went directly into the goalkeeper’s arms. In the 80th minute, a set piece on the corner had a header by Payton Billingham just missed right.

“I feel like we can play with any team in the country as long as we show up and play like that,” said Baker.

Next up for the Grizzlies will be another non-conference match against St. Edwards University on Saturday, Sept. 4 when at Mountain Lion Stadium in Colorado Springs, Colo. Kickoff is set for 12:00 p.m.