PUEBLO, Colo. (September 21, 2018) - The Colorado State University-Pueblo women's soccer team faced a formidable opponent Friday against No. 7 Colorado School of Mines, falling 2-1 to the Orediggers in front of a large crowd at Art & Lorraine Gonzales Stadium.
In the effort the ThunderWolves are the first team this season to have scored a goal against the CSM defense. Karley Whiteman (Sr., Alta Loma, Calif.) scored her third goal of the season in the 65th minute for the Pack.
The first half both teams swapped possession several times and the Pack's Laikyn Koss (Sr., Riverside, Calif.) recorded the first shot of the game in the fourth minute.
The next best look for the ThunderWolves came in the 24' on a shot by Whiteman causing the CSM goalkeeper to make the save at the chest.
After the opening period, Mines held a 9-6 shots lead and posted a 3-1 corner kick advantage.
At intermission Whiteman tied for a game-high three shots in the first half.
In period two Mines was awarded a penalty kick in the 57' and Jennifer Kendall scored her team-leading fourth goal to break the scoreless affair.
Less than five minutes had gone by when Mines again carried possession in ThunderWolves territory and fired an unassisted shot past the diving goalkeeper for a two goal lead with thirty minutes remaining in regulation.
The Pack scored their first goal in three matches on the Whiteman successful shot.
The score allowed for the ThunderWolves to pick up the tempo and apply pressure on the Orediggers' front line.
In the 81st minute, a second yellow card was issued to CSM's Peyton Sanders resulting in Mines having to finish the match playing a man down on the pitch.
With the slight advantage the ThunderWolves finished with two more good looks at the goal and earned one of their three corners in the final five minutes of play.
Whiteman and Koss each fired shots in the waning minutes to lead the team.
With less than two minutes remaining, the ThunderWolves took a final corner kick but provided little threat for the remainder.
Pack goalkeeper Rylie Martin (Jr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) made seven saves and faced 16 shots by CSM.
CSU-Pueblo (3-3-1, 0-3-0 RMAC) stays home Sunday and welcomes Colorado Christian University for an RMAC matinee battle starting at 2:30 p.m., after the men's game, 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.