GOLDEN, Colo. (October 27, 2017) - Colorado State University-Pueblo men's soccer lost a 3-1 battle Thursday at No. 11 Colorado School of Mines in frigid temperatures at Stermole Stadium in Golden, Colo.
Entering the final weekend of the regular season the ThunderWolves' postseason hopes remained alive as they are in a three-team race for the final spot in the six-team RMAC Tournament.
To start the match CSM's offense attacked the ThunderWolves defense firing four shots in the first five minutes and earned four corner kicks before converting in the 10th minute on a loose ball in front of the net.
CSU-Pueblo got on the board in the 18th minute on a free kick taken by reigning RMAC Defensive Player of the Week Connor Marth (Sr., Tulsa, Okla.) who served it high above the defense allowing freshman Brayden Ballman (Seattle, Wash.), another RMAC Player of the Week for the Pack, to head in the ball past the Mines' goalkeeper.
It is Ballman's sixth goal of the year and is Marth's eighth assist this season.
Through the first period the Pack held their own against the potent Mines lineup. CSM held a 9-6 shots lead and 6-2 on corner kicks.
In the final half Mines' controlled the ball for the first twenty minutes keeping the Pack on the defense and fending off several attempts at the net.
The Orediggers regained the lead in the 63rd minute off a free kick from outside the left corner of the 18-yard box.
CSU-Pueblo did not let up however, as they had a counter attack and had its best chance at the net over a seven minute span. The Pack had five shots and created four corner kick opportunities in that time.
CSM put the game out of reach in the 85th minute on a breakaway goal scored.
Miles Sanchez (So., Bothell, Wash.) led the Pack with five shots in the game.
Pack goalkeeper Erich Frey (Sr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) made five saves on ten shots on goal by the Orediggers.
CSU-Pueblo (3-10-4, 3-6-4 RMAC) closes out the regular season Saturday at Regis University. Kickoff is slated for 1:30 p.m. at Regis Match Pitch.
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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.