CSU-Pueblo fights to draw versus Westminster

CSU-Pueblo fights to draw versus Westminster

PUEBLO, Colo. (October 8, 2017) – The Colorado State University-Pueblo men's soccer team played Westminster College to a 2-2 tie Sunday at Art & Lorraine Gonzales Stadium. The Pack received scores from Brayden Ballman (Fr., Seattle, Wash.) and Protus Babaya (Fr., Elk River, Minn.) in the effort.

The ThunderWolves started the match with high intensity in the first half creating numerous chances at the net.

Ballman scored his second goal of the year and the first of the game in the 37th minute when he drove the ball up midfield and fired his shot high and inside the far post for the 1-0 lead.

The Pack carried the 1-0 lead into halftime and held a 6-3 shot lead and an active forty-five minutes created four corner kick attempts.

Babaya extended the Pack's lead in the 56th minute on a breakaway past the defense and firing one of his game-high five shots that ricocheted off the right post and bounced across off the left post and into the net for his first collegiate goal.

Westminster never relinquished and continued to attack the Pack defense over the final thirty minutes.

The Griffins cut the lead in half in the 67th minute on a penalty kick awarded.

CSU-Pueblo surrendered their second goal ten minutes later on a throw in to inside the six-yard box and was toed into the net.

In the first overtime the ThunderWolves outshot WC 4-2 and had several opportunities to score. Miles Sanchez (So., Bothell, Wash.) and Babaya played the ball two-vs-two in Griffins territory in the last two minutes of OT but a shot by Sanchez sailed high.

The second extra period was extra physical adding to the 33 fouls called in the match. CSU-Pueblo managed two shots but was unable to hit.

Pack goalkeeper Tyler Harvey (So., Las Vegas, Nev.) faced eleven shots and made three saves in full time at the net.  

CSU-Pueblo (2-8-2, 2-4-2 RMAC) goes on the road for three straight matches beginning Friday at Colorado Christian and wraps the weekend Sunday at MSU Denver. The Pack plays Oct. 18 at UCCS before returning home Oct. 20 and hosts South Dakota Mines.

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As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.