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UGF men's soccer team tops Bethesda

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The University of Great Falls men's soccer team finally surrendered a goal.

But the Argos already had a two-goal lead when it occurred, as UGF topped Bethesda (Calif.) University 2-1 here Saturday in the Westminster Kickoff Classic.

“It was a 90-minute result today,” UGF head coach Paul Zazenski said. “We didn't take a couple minutes off. We were focused for the entire game today.”

Lewis Derrett gave the Argos the lead in the 57th minute with his first goal of the season. Juan Valderrama took a free kick outside the box and Christoffer Bisbo's header bounced off the crossbar to Derrett, who found the goal.

Renan Zampieri pushed the advantage to 2-0 when he buried a shot inside the post from 25 yards out.

“Renan is that type of player,” Zazenski said. “He might be absent for 80 minutes and then show up with a wonder goal. That's what he can do because he has that ability.”

Bethesda cut the deficit in half when Junmo Ryu scored on a counterattack in the 82nd minute.

“We actually talked in our pregame about adversity and how we respond back,” Zazenski said. “I was very pleased and proud of the efforts put forth after that goal was scored.”

The physical contest featured five cautions. UGF out-shot Bethesda 14-8 and Argos keeper Jose Pena recorded four saves.

“Today the attackers were a lot more confident,” Derrett said. “On Thursday the defenders were confident. The attackers stepped up their game today. Coach said it himself – we all won that game today.”

The Argos (3-0) wrap up Classic play Sunday at 10 a.m. against Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) University.

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