In 2007, the CSU-Pueblo men's soccer team's top struggle was in the most vital part of the game - scoring goals. Saturday, in a preseason exhibition with Western Nebraska Community College, the Pack took the first steps to hopefully correcting that issue.
In a day that saw a nearly endless downpour, one that forced the team to abandon its home field in favor of the Langoni Soccer Complex in the heart of Pueblo, the ThunderWolves hung eight goals on WNCC, led by a pair of goals by Udobong Obotette (Sr., Eugene, Ore.).
In the net, Chris Smith (So., Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Jacob Blum (Fr., Peoria, Ariz.), combined for the shutout behind a confident defense that limited WNCC's ability to hold possession.
"After last year when we struggled in front of goal, it was great to see our guys make good decisions in front of goal," noted coach Roy Stanley. "We had a lot of quality decisions in the final third, our crossing was good and consistent, and we generally showed a great deal of improvement from last year."
The ThunderWolf men are back in action Tuesday at 2 p.m. when they take on Laramie (Wyo.) Community College, the second of three preseason exhibitions, back on CSU-Pueblo's Rawlings Field.