PUEBLO, Colo. (September 7, 2018) - Colorado State University-Pueblo women's soccer raced past Midwestern State University 3-1 Friday to stay unbeaten to start the season and move to 3-0 on Dr. Dan Honor Roll Night at Art & Lorraine Gonzales Stadium.
Playing in front of a crowd over 300 fans and other CSU-Pueblo student-athletes to celebrate earning a 3.0 Grade-Point Average, the ThunderWolves rised to the occasion and gave the fans something to cheer about.
Dr. Dan Caprigolio was the former CSU-Pueblo Faculty Representative who passed away unexpectedly in Summer 2017.
Starting the match, the ThunderWolves had a different starting lineup and the change made an immediate impact.
The fast-paced ThunderWolves recorded four shots and earned three corner kicks in the first portion of the opening period.
In the 43rd minute and taking the fourth corner kick of the period for the Pack, Kylee Sakaguchi (Sr., Apple Valley, Calif.) booted in and followed the ball to the front of the crowded net and following a blocked shot, Sakaguchi took the ball from the top of the box and fired in a shot low and past a diving goalkeeper for her first goal of the year.
With less than a minute to go before halftime, Midwestern State drove the ball down field and gathered in front of the Pack defense and an unmarked player got just enough space to toe in, at the time, the equalizer at 1-1 going to intermission.
Switching gears to the second period, the ThunderWolves offense kept the attack on the Mustangs. The Pack regained the lead in the 62' when Justine Martinez (Jr., Pueblo, Colo.) fed in a beauty of a ball inside the box and a deflected ball reached Cara Siegel (So., Pueblo, Colo.) who hit a one-timer shot off a rebound for her first score of the season.
Fifteen minutes later, with the ThunderWolves driving deep into MSU territory, CSU-Pueblo was awarded a penalty kick that was taken by senior Karley Whiteman (Alta Loma, Calif.). Whiteman was successful in the attempt to record her second goal of the year and putting the Pack up by two goals.
At the net, Pack goalkeeper and reigning RMAC Goalkeeper of the Week, Rylie Martin (Jr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) made two saves in fending off five shots by the Mustangs.
In three games the ThunderWolves have scored seven goals by six different players to start the season.
CSU-Pueblo (3-0-0) stays at home and completes nonconference play Sunday against Fort Hays State at 12 p.m. at 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.