Victory escapes Pack's clutches vs. New Mexico State

New Mexico State 2, CSU-Pueblo 1

PUEBLO, Colo. - The Pack had a golden opportunity to knock off a Division I program in New Mexico State Friday, but that opportunity slipped through the Pack's fingers when the visiting Aggies netted a game-winner in the 89th minute to steal one from the ThunderWolves.

The game-winner was controversial, as the ball hit off the top post and landed directly below the goal post.  Officials ruled that the ball richocheted in by the slimmest of margins. 

The ThunderWolves led 1-0 as late as the 83rd minute of the match, but a penalty kick goal by New Mexico State undid the Pack's shutout bid.  Then, a goal with 1:04 remaining in regulation tore the hearts out of the ThunderWolves.

The win marked the first in program history for New Mexico State, a Division I startup in its first season of competition.

The loss couldn't undo a stellar game in goal by Randi Walters (Sr., Oxnard, Calif.), who faced 11 shots on the day and made one save.  She benefitted from a great day by the Pack sweepers, who kept the bulk of the Aggie shots from even reaching Walters.

The Pack's goal was netted by Brittani Montgomery (Fr., El Paso, Tex.), who took a feed from Sarah Deffit (Jr., Bremerton, Wash.) in the 40th minute late in the first half.

The ThunderWolves created lots of chances out of thin air, recording six shots and two shots on goal, all without getting one single corner kick on the day.

The loss drops the Pack to 0-2 on the young season, but they have a chance for their first win Sunday when regional foe St. Cloud State travels to Pueblo.