Arvada, Colo. -- The CSU-Pueblo men’s soccer team saw its five game winning streak come to an end on Sunday. After dominating proceedings against the Colorado School of Mines for most of the afternoon, the Pack was derailed when a Thunderwolf defender fouled an opposing player inside the box during extra time. The Orediggers converted the resulting penalty kick for the win.
After the game, coach Roy Stanley pointed to the stat sheet as convincing evidence of the ThunderWolves dominance. “We out-shot them 17-11, had a 5-2 advantage in corners, and we out-possessed them,” he said.
Stanley felt like his men did everything they needed to do to win the game, and had mostly good things to say about his team’s performance. “For me, 99.9 percent of this game was positive,” he said. “We had good play all around, and we created some chances, but they deserved their goal.”
Dylan Cook (Jr., Albuquerque, N.M.) was responsible for the Pack’s lone goal, scoring on an unassisted strike in the 66th minute to put his team up 1-0. The cushion was to be short lived, though, as the Orediggers earned a penalty kick only moments later. They converted, and the score remained 1-1 for the rest of regulation, as the ThunderWolves were unable to capitalize on their dominance.
The statistical advantages the ThunderWolves earned were not insignificant, and Stanley said that they indicate that his team was keeping the ball well and creating goal-scoring opportunities. But he did lament his team’s final inability to convert that possession into goals.
“We didn’t take our chances as well as we would have liked,” said Stanley. “You don’t get any points for having the most shots on goal,” he added.
The game was decided in the first period of extra time. Mines took possession of the ball and advanced three attacking players against two ThunderWolf defenders. When one of the Mines players slipped into the 18-yard box, he was fouled by a defender and the referee pointed to the spot, sealing the ThunderWolves’ fate, as it turned out.
“It might not be tough to rebound from, but we are all disappointed to not have won. We feel like we outworked them,” he said.
Things don’t necessarily get any easier for the team, and the men will have their work cut out for them when Metro State comes to town this Friday. Stanley’s men play the first game of the CSU-Pueblo double header, and will take the field at 1:30 p.m. at the Rawlings Complex.