ThunderWolves welcome Western State Thursday for RESPECT game; host UCCS Saturday on Senior Day

PUEBLO, Colo. (October 25, 2017) – The Colorado State University-Pueblo women's soccer team returns home this week and ends the regular season Thursday at 7 p.m. against Western State and Saturday at 11 a.m. versus UCCS, both matches at Art & Lorraine Gonzales Stadium.

Thursday against Western 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.

The first 50 students to present a student ID at the game will be given a free t-shirt.

Fans will also have an opportunity to write a personal message about "What respect means to you" on a banner that will be available throughout the match.

Saturday Pack Head Coach Sierra Cardenas and her staff will honor three departing seniors.

Brittney Crank (Sr., Idaho Falls, Idaho), Danelle Dondelinger (Sr., Louisville, Colo.) and Westhoff will be honored in a pregame ceremony.

The ThunderWolves went unbeaten in two road matches last week at Colorado Mesa and Westminster. In doing so the Pack clinched a postseason berth for a second straight season.

Friday at CMU, the Pack scored a 1-0 win in overtime on a goal by Karley Whiteman (Jr., Alta Loma, Calif.) in just over a minute into extra time.

At Westminster Sunday the ThunderWolves defense stood tall in a 2-1 win against the Griffins. Despite being outshot in the game, CSU-Pueblo received scores from Michelle Moure (Jr., Peyton, Colo.) and Mackenzie Bean (Jr., Bothell, Wash.) in the winning effort.

Senior defender Jessica Westhoff (Centennial, Colo.) tallied two assists in the match Sunday.

Pack goalkeeper Alexa Eastep (Fr., Henderson, Nev.) picked up two wins at the net, making 13 saves. She held the opposition to a 0.47 goal against average and allowed on goal in 190 minutes.

The freshman recorded a .929 save percentage and faced 31 combined shots in two matches.

Sunday against WC, Eastep stood tall in fending off three shots in less than one minute of game.

For their performances Eastep and Westhoff were named Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Goalkeeper and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively.

Entering the two matches the ThunderWolves sit fifth in the RMAC standings and are two points behind fourth place MSU Denver and sit comfortably, six points ahead of sixth through eighth slots.

In Sight for the Pack

After Saturday's match against UCCS, the ThunderWolves will wait and see where they land in the final RMAC standings and where they will play in the RMAC Quarterfinal Round, Tues. Oct. 31.

How to Follow the Pack

Thursday, October 26, 2017: Western State vs. CSU-Pueblo 7 p.m. (Live stats) (Video)

Saturday, October 28, 2017: UCCS at CSU-Pueblo 11 a.m. (Live stats) (Video)

Twitter - @gothunderwolves

Opponent Capsules

Western State Colorado University Mountaineers

Record: 4-8-2 (3-6-1 RMAC)

Statistical Leaders:

Points: 8 – Jessica Kresl

                Goals: 3 – Kresl & Paige Massey

                Assists: 3 – Ingrid Alvarez

                Shots: 37 – Kresl

                Goalkeeper Saves: 57 – Katie Simpson-Johnson

Last game played: October 22nd – Lost 0-2, vs. No. 16 Regis

University of Colorado Colorado Springs Mountain Lions

Record: 10-4-0 (8-2-0 RMAC)

Statistical Leaders:

Points: 11 – Tarah Patterson      

                Goals: 5 - Patterson

                Assists: 3 – Tori Maydew

                Shots: 36 – Patterson

                Goalkeeper Saves: 38 – Taylor Proctor

Last game played: October 2nd – Won 2-0, vs. MSU Denver

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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.