Pack gets past Roadrunners; advance to semifinals Friday

Pack gets past Roadrunners; advance to semifinals Friday

PUEBLO, Colo. (October 31, 2017) - The Colorado State University-Pueblo women's soccer won team won 1-0 over Metropolitan State University of Denver Tuesday in the first round of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Tournament and advance to the semifinal round.

With the win the Pack go on the road and play at tournament host and top seeded Regis University Friday at 12 p.m. (noon) at Regis Match Pitch in Denver.

Regis advanced to the second round following a 6-1 win over No. 8 seed Fort Lewis earlier in the day.

Before the game the ThunderWolves' received news that forward Mackenzie Bean (Jr., Bothell, Wash.) was named RMAC Player of the Year.  Teammate Kylee Sakaguchi (Jr., Apple Valley, Calif.) earned second team honors. Three other Pack players earned honorable mention.

In the first period the referee allowed both teams to begin a physical game and the teams exchanged possession back-and-forth at midfield for the first ten minutes before the Pack gaines control on MSUD's side.

The Roadrunners shot the first attempt of the game but it was the Pack who got on the board first in the 26th minute after taking a corner kick that landed inside the box and a scramble in front of the net found the foot of Rianna Lockhart (R-Jr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) who toed it over to Bean who then hit a rocket past a diving Roadrunner goalkeeper for a 1-0 lead.

The rest of the half both teams kept intensity and created chances to score.

At halftime CSU-Pueblo lead 4-2 in shots and 2-1 on corners taken.

In the final half the play of the Pack's defensive line led by Lockhart and Jessica Westhoff (Sr., Centennial, Colo.) helped to contain the Roadrunners from any potential scoring threat.

The visiting team managed eleven total shots and Pack goalkeeper Alexa Eastep (Fr., Henderson, Nev.) made six saves at the net to help preserve the shutout.

Bean, along with Michelle Moure (Jr., Peyton, Colo.) led the ThunderWolves offense, firing two shots apiece for the game.

In the other quarterfinal games, No. 3 UCCS beat No. 6 Colorado Mesa 4-0, and two-seed Colorado Mines defeated No. 7 seed Western State 5-0. The Mountain Lions and Orediggers will play in the second semifinal game at 3 p.m. Friday.

CSU-Pueblo moves on to its second RMAC Tournament semifinal in a row and seek revenge against a Regis team that beat the Pack 2-0 on Oct. 6 at the same Regis Match Pitch.

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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.