PUEBLO, Colo. (September 23, 2018) - The Colorado State University-Pueblo men's soccer team won its first Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference game of the season after defeating South Dakota School of Mines & Technology 2-1 Sunday at Art & Lorraine Gonzales Stadium.
CSU-Pueblo began its offense on the right foot and earned the first of four corner kicks in the first half with less than a minute expired on the game clock.
The Pack got on the board first after the SDMT goalkeeper misplayed the ball and came out too far allowing Jones to put a header on the ball and score his second goal of the year.
Santiago Tinta (Sr., Quito, Ecuador) earned the assist on the play.
Following the goal, the ThunderWolves kept shooting at the net and back-to-back shot attempts caused the Hardrockers goalkeeper to make a pair of saves at the net.
In the first half CSU-Pueblo outshot the Hardrockers 8-4 and a 4-3 corner kick advantage.
Less than three minutes after intermission, Ballman found the ball and dribbled 1v1 with the defense and struck inside the right post for the two goal lead.
In the contest, three Pack players recorded multiple shots and as a team, six corner kicks was posted from the home team.
SDMT's Justin Barkow netted the only goal in the 75th minute for the Hardrockers.
CSU-Pueblo goalkeeper Tyler Harvey (Jr., Henderson, Nev.) returned to the lineup after an injury and made three saves and faced eight shots by the visitors.
CSU-Pueblo (4-3-1, 1-2-1 RMAC) will begin a four-game road swing starting next week. The Pack will play at Regis, UCCS, Colorado Christian, and MSU Denver before returning home Oct. 12 against UCCS headlining Parent's Weekend for the ThunderWolves.
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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.