ThunderWolves maul Rangers; advance to RMAC Championship Sunday versus UCCS

ThunderWolves maul Rangers; advance to RMAC Championship Sunday versus UCCS

DENVER, Colo. (November 3, 2017) - The Colorado State University-Pueblo women's soccer team solved a tough test Friday in a 1-0 win against top seed Regis University in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference semifinal round at Regis Match Pitch.

The Pack, a four-seed in the tourney, earned the right to play in their second straight RMAC Tournament Final after holding strong against Regis and secure their spot in the finals.

CSU-Pueblo will play third-seed University of Colorado Colorado Springs Sunday at 1 p.m. at Regis Match Pitch. UCCS won 1-0 over No. 2 Colorado Mines in the second semifinal game.

Mackenzie Bean (Jr., Bothell, Wash.) scored her 14th goal of the season to lead the Pack.

The ThunderWolves entered the match with a game plan of trying to contain the midfield and Regis strong front line.

Regis was the agressor at the onset as they pinned the Pack into their third of the field and fired a quick two shots that sailed high of the net.

The Pack settled and controlled the ball midway through the period and shot their first attempt that went wide of the goal.

At halftime Regis led 11-3 in shots and 2-1 on goal shots.

Starting the second period Pack Head Coach Sierra Cardenas kept her lineup big up front and caused havor for Regis midfielders.

Callie Larson (Jr., Ogden, UT), Danelle Dondelinger (Sr., Louisville, Colo.), and Kylee Sakaguchi (Jr., Apple Valley, Calif.) played solid minutes and helped control the ball.

In the 76th minute the Pack intercepted the ball just beyond midfield and Jessica Westhoff (Sr., Centennial, Colo.) served in a ball to the top of the box to a waiting Bean who took a shot from the middle of the field and beat the Regis goalkeeper high and under the crossbar to break the shutout.

The final ten minutes the ThunderWolves offense kept the ball and passed amongst each other winding down the game clock.

In the 87th minute Regis had one last surge at the net but the solid play of Pack goalkeeper Alexa Eastep (Fr., Henderson, Nev.) kept the Rangers scoreless. Eastep finished the game with eight saves on 22 shots from Regis.

CSU-Pueblo (10-7-1) takes on UCCS for a second time in eight days when they meet Sunday in the RMAC Championship. The Mountain Lions came away with a 2-1 double-overtime win against the Pack on the final day of the regular season at Art & Lorraine Gonzales Stadium.

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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.