PUEBLO, Colo. (August 4, 2017) – Colorado State University-Pueblo women's soccer head coach Sierra Cardenas announced the addition of six student-athletes to the roster and the ThunderWolves' schedule set to begin August 15 at Division-I University of New Mexico.
The newly added ThunderWolves hail from around the region including three Colorado-products. Each athlete provides several years of experience from all levels including NCAA Division I and D-II and one recent high school graduate and will present an immediate impact.
"We are extremely excited to announce the addition of these outstanding players to our roster," Cardenas said. "These new additions will add a wide range of skills and experience to our program."
The new members of the Pack are:
Mackenzie Bean – Jr., Bothell, Wash…5-4…Center-Midfield, Forward
Portland State University (2014): Played one season at D-I Portland State University…recorded seven points (three goals, one assist).
Bothell HS: Second-team All-KingCo selection as a senior…Named her team's Offensive Player of the Year and captain as a senior…All-KingCo honorable mention as a sophomore and junior.
Club Team: Played for FC Alliance for eight years from 2006-14…Captained FC Alliance from 2011-14…Won the 2012 and 2013 Pleasanton Rage Tournament with FC Alliance.
Callie Larson – Jr., Ogden, UT…5-3…Center-Back
Otero Junior College(201: Earned first team all-conference…played two seasons under new Pack Head Coach Sierra Cardenas.
Fremont HS: Graduated in 2015 with a 3.7 grade point average.
Sarah Tyler – Jr., Lenexa, Kan…Defender
Northwest Missouri State University: Played two seasons for the Bearcats…in 2016 was named to the MIAA Academic Honor Roll…appeared and started in 16 games.
St. Thomas Aquinas HS: Helped St. Thomas Aquinas to three Eastern Kansas League and Kansas 5A state titles...as a senior, Tyler was named first-team all-state and also garnered first-team All-EKL honors…was named honorable mention EKL and was voted her team's Most Improved Player.
Club Team: Played for the KC Metro Dynamos and the KC Blaze Blue Angels ...Dynamos were regional champions this last season after being named Kansas State Cup Champions in 2014.
Kelsey Steffens – Sr., Greeley, Colo. 5-2…Forward (Not pictured)
Fort Hays State University (2014-16): (2016 – Junior): First Team All-MIAA selection…scored six goals and six assists on 51 shots…played in all 23 games and scored two game winning goals…led the Tigers to the Central Regional Final in the NCAA Tournament.
(2015 - Sophomore): Picked up All-MIAA Second Team accolades...Appeared in all 20 matches, making 15 starts...Tied for the team lead with four goals while leading the way with 27 shots and 17 shots on goal...Added three assists to total 11 points, second-most on the team.
Windsor HS: All-state honorable mention selection as a senior…totaled 82 goals and 45 assists for the Wizards…a four time all-conference selection and was named all-state honorable mention.
Ariana Jimenez – Jr., Northglenn, Colo. 5-1, Outside-Back
Otero JC: Appeared and started in all 18 games for OJC…tallied one goal and six assists on twelve shots…played under the direction of new Pack Head Coach Sierra Cardenas.
Colorado Mesa: Played three games and 39 minutes for the Mavericks.
Legacy HS: Played four seasons for head coach Dave Castro.
Payton Sampson – Fr., Arvada, Colo., 5-1, Mid-Back
D'Evelyn HS: Led the Jaguars to first ever 4A state title in 2017.
The 2017 season schedule features ten home games and nine matches away from Gonzales Stadium. Fans will have their first chance to watch the Pack under the lights on Aug. 19 at 7 p.m. versus Otero Junior College in an exhibition match.
CSU-Pueblo returns to action Aug. 25 and battles Colorado Christian in the final exhibition game before opening the regular season at home Sept. 2 against Lubbock Christian.
The Pack hit the road the following week for games at Midwestern State (Sept. 8) and at Texas Woman's (Sept. 10) and return home Sept. 13 against defending Division II National Champion Western Washington to wrap the nonconference schedule.
The ThunderWolves open Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play with four straight matches at Gonzales Stadium while the men's team begins a five-game home stretch to open conference play on Sept. 15. The men's team will play at 5 p.m., ahead of the women's 7:30 p.m. kickoff.
CSU-Pueblo closes out the month of September with home games slated against Adams State (Sept. 17), Black Hills State (Sept. 24), and Colorado Christian (Sept. 29). Each game will feature a men's game at the conclusion of the women's contest.
"We are very fortunate to have a home-heavy schedule to start off the season after our road trip to Texas to face some tough competition," added Cardenas. "After we return home we will face defending NCAA Division II National Champions in Western Washington, prior to our conference opener."
"The team has a strong win-loss record at home in recent years, so having a home-heavy schedule in September will set us up for success going into our away stretch in October."
During the final month of the season the Pack will play six straight matches on the road before returning home Oct. 26 against Western State and close out the regular season Oct. 28, versus University of Colorado Colorado Springs on Senior Day at Gonzales Stadium.
The Pack returns to the pitch following a storybook 2016 season in which they earned the program's first NCAA Tournament berth and first ever national ranking.
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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.