Pack defense stands tall in 2-1 win at Westminster; clinch postseason berth

Pack defense stands tall in 2-1 win at Westminster; clinch postseason berth

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (October 22, 2017) - The Colorado State University-Pueblo women's soccer team won its third straight game and the defense stepped up in a big way Sunday in a 2-1 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference win on the road at Westminster College in Salt Lake City.

With the win CSU-Pueblo secured its second straight trip to the RMAC Tournament currently at 19 conference points with two games left in the regular season.

The Pack received scores from Michelle Moure (Jr., Peyton, Colo.) and Mackenzie Bean (Jr., Bothell, Wash.) in the winning effort.

Despite being outshot 20-13 in the contest CSU-Pueblo's backline together with the solid play at midfield helped stave off the Griffins.

In the first half CSU-Pueblo got on the board in the eighth minute on a ball served in by Jessica Westhoff (Sr., Centennial, Colo.) to Moure who headed the ball in to the upper right corner of the net and a 1-0 lead.

The Griffins evened the score with less than a minute until halftime on a shot from twenty-five yards out. 

Westminster fired eight shots to the Pack's four attempts in the first period while the ThunderWolves held a 3-1 corner kick advantage.

Entering the second period CSU-Pueblo played the first part passing the ball amongst each other before Bean scored the go-ahead goal in the 50th minute on another assist credited to Westhoff.

Westminster got its best chance at tying the game in the 75th minute and fired three shots in a row, each blocked by the Pack defense.

Pack goalkeeper Alexa Eastep (Fr., Henderson, Nev.) made six saves and faced twenty shots by the Griffins.

CSU-Pueblo (7-6-1, 6-3-1 RMAC) returns home to close out the regular season against Western State Thursday at 7 p.m. and finish the regular season Saturday at 11 a.m. against UCCS, both matches at Art & Lorraine Gonzales Stadium.

Thursday's match will be the Pack's second annual RESPECT game. The game is to help raise awareness about being more respectful of all human beings regardless of race, sex, religion, sexual orientation, political views, etc.

Saturday Pack Head Coach Sierra Cardenas and her staff will honor the departing seniors playing in the final games as members of the Pack.

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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.