The CSU-Pueblo men’s soccer team set out for another west slope road trip this weekend, but this one already looks better than the last. The men earned a 2-0 victory against the Eastern New Mexico University Greyhounds in Grand Junction on Friday, raising the Pack’s record to 5-4.
A goal from Robert Kinsey (RFr., Denver, Colo.) in the 23rd minute helped the ThunderWolves settle into the contest. Kinsey’s goal was the product of solid play from midfield partners Dylan Cook (Jr., Albuquerque, N.M.) and Allan Chacon (Sr., Scottsdale, Ariz.). Cook intercepted an errant Greyhound pass and played a little 1-2 with Chacon. Cook then crossed to Kinsey, who nodded in his RMAC-leading 9th goal of the season.
“I felt that in the first half we created some decent chances,” said Coach Roy Stanley, who was pleased with Kinsey’s goal. He spoke highly of Kinsey’s performances thus far, saying that the striker has done a good job of making runs and getting on the end of crosses, and that his goal count reflects his hard work.
However, Stanley also added that he felt his defense had played a little too softly at certain times, and he was a little relieved by the 1-0 halftime advantage.
Chacon helped alleviate some of Stanley’s halftime anxieties, though, by scoring in the 60th minute. Udobong Obotette (Sr., Eugene, Ore.) crossed from the left side of the field, sending his ball over a defender’s head and squarely to the side of Chacon’s foot. “It was a nice goal,” said Stanley, of his midfielder’s side footed scoring jab.
“We’ve been scoring a lot of nice goals lately, too,” he added, clearly pleased by his team’s recent ball striking form.
“This is another one of those games that could have been 0-0 or 2-2,” he said. “It was a hot day, and I have to credit our opponent for keeping such a close game, but I’m certainly happy with the win,” said Stanley.
The feeling after the game was that the men had played a solid two halves of soccer. “We didn’t foul in unnecessary places, and we didn’t give the ball away,” said Stanley.
The coach also felt that his goalkeeper deserved much of the credit for the 2-0 score line. “Chris Smith (RSo., Colorado Springs, Colo.) had a real good game,” he said. “Defensively he was our best player, and maybe the man of the match.”
Smith and the rest of his defensive
compatriots will be tested by Westminster College (UT) on Sunday,
when the NAIA team takes on the ThunderWolves. The
Westminster squad ran off a 3-1 victory over Metro State earlier
this season, so the game should feature plenty of fireworks.