PUEBLO, Colo. (October 26, 2017) - The Colorado State University-Pueblo women's soccer team hosted its second annual RESPECT Game and continued its hot streak Thursday winning its fourth straight game 3-0 over Western State Colorado University on Parent's Night at Art & Lorraine Gonzales Stadium.
Prior to kickoff Pack head coach Sierra Cardenas and her team welcomed and honored the Parent's and family supporters in attendance at the game in a pregame ceremony.
Opening the game on a frigid evening at the pitch, CSU-Pueblo was active from the onset. The Pack fired a pair of shots in the first five minutes and connected on their third shot of the game in the 16th minute on a goal scored by freshman Cara Siegel (Pueblo, Colo.). It is Siegel's third goal of the year.
The Pack continued the pressure in the half firing five more shots at the net and earning three first half corner kicks.
Through the first period CSU-Pueblo held a 8-3 shots lead and 3-0 on corners.
In the second period, with the temperatures dropping the Pack kept the heat on the Mountaineers attacking the net and shooting two shots to begin the half.
Junior forward Mackenzie Bean (Bothell, Wash.) netted her RMAC-leading eleventh goal of the year in the games' 60th minute on a nicely served pass by reigning RMAC Defensive Player of the Week Jessica Westhoff (Sr., Centennial, Colo.).
Pack goalkeeper Alexa Eastep (Fr., Henderson, Nev.) fresh off being named RMAC Goalkeeper of the Week, made her home debut and did not disappoint. She made two saves on six shots by WSCU.
The Pack put the game out of reach in the waning minutes on a goal by Justine Martinez (So., Pueblo, Colo.), her first of the season, taking a pass just across midfield from Samantha Guadarrama (Fr., Trenton, UT) and driving up the right side and hit inside the far post.
At halftime former CSU-Pueblo women's soccer player Mariel Hundley returned to the pitch and read a short letter about diversity.
In part the letter read:
"We cannot nourish the flower of life by watering it with division, hatred, and bigotry. Instead, we should be conscious to water it with compassion, unity, and respect for one another."
Hundley added, "It is within basic human right to be approached with respect. That in itself, is not a hard task to pursue."
With the win the ThunderWolves set up a big game Saturday against University of Colorado Colorado Springs to cap the regular season. The Pack still hold a chance at hosting a quarterfinal game on Tuesday.
CSU-Pueblo (8-6-1, 7-3-1 RMAC) kicks off at 11 a.m. against the Mountain Lions at Gonzales Stadium on Senior Day at the pitch. Seniors Brittney Crank (Idaho Falls, ID), Danelle Dondelinger (Louisville, Colo.) and Westhoff will each be honored prior to the match.
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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.