Pack battles Fort Hays State to 2-2 tie

Pack battles Fort Hays State to 2-2 tie

PUEBLO, Colo. (September 9, 2018) - The Colorado State University-Pueblo women's soccer team finished nonconference play against Fort Hays State University Sunday playing to a 2-2 tie at Art & Lorraine Gonzales Stadium.

In the game the Pack received scores from Hannah Andresen (Sr., Arvada, Colo.) and Mackenzie Bean (Sr., Bothell, Wash.).

On a warm afternoon at the pitch, the ThunderWolves opened play firing two shots in the opening ten minutes of the game.

Fort Hays scored the first goal of the game in the 13' on a scramble in front of the net and a rebounded ball found the back of the net for the Tigers early one goal lead.

The Pack got their first corner attempt in the 30' and was followed by a shot from Laikyn Koss (Sr., Riverside, Calif.), one of game-high seven shots at the net for Koss.

Holding possession with less than ten minutes on the clock, a flurry of shots went the way of the Pack when in the 41' Andresen booted a rebounded shot off a defender into the net to even the score at 1-1. It is Andresen's first goal scored this season.

At halftime, CSU-Pueblo outshot FHSU 11-6 and took one corner kick to the Tigers' zero.

Four minutes into the second period, Koss drove the ball up midfield inside the penalty box and toed the ball to the left and Bean struck from six-yards out to put the Pack on top 2-1.

Holding the one score lead throughout much of the half the ThunderWolves kept pressure on the Tigers defense and shot nine times at the net.

With less than a minute showing on the clock Fort Hays converted a free kick from 35 yards away from the goal and their striker went above the defense and headed in the equalizer.

In extra time the Pack created numerous chances and fired five shots against FHSU one attempt.

Pack goalkeeper Alexa Eastep (So., Henderson, Nev.) started in the net for the Pack and allowed one goal before an injury caused a goalkeeper change. Rylie Martin (Jr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) came on in relief and registered seven saves and allowed one goal in over ninety-seven minutes at the goal.

CSU-Pueblo (3-0-1) goes on the road next week and begins Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play at No. 17 UCCS. The last time the teams faced each other was last season in the RMAC Tournament Final. Kickoff against the Mountain Lions is set for 7 p.m. at Mountain Lion 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.