|Posted October 3, 2008|
Ten man ThunderWolves hold off CCU
A slow start and an untimely sending off couldn’t stop the Colorado State University-Pueblo ThunderWolves men’s soccer team from racking up its fifth straight win on Friday. The Pack slipped past the Colorado Christian University Cougars by a score of 3-1 to up its season record to 7-4.
The men entered the game a trifle off the pace of play, but Coach Roy Stanley feels like his men picked up their performance after the first 15 minutes. Even so, the men surrendered a goal in the 23rd minute, which made the contest appear closer than it ultimately was.
Stanley said that although his team didn’t start the game the way he would have liked, he feels like his players came on strong after the opening quarter of an hour, and that the Cougars goal came against the run of play. He also noted that the CCU goal definitely jolted his players into upping their level of performance.
Dylan Cook (Jr., Albuquerque, N.M.) heeded his coach’s call for more energy and put the match back on level terms in the 38th minute when he took a ball from Robert Kinsey (RFr., Denver, Colo.) and fired past the CCU keeper. The goal proved to be somewhat of a turning point, and with a bit of momentum in hand, the men came out after halftime and earned their win.
Red hot Kinsey recorded his second assist of the day when he juggled the ball over and around a CCU defender before spraying it in to Allan Chacon (Sr., Scottsdale, Ariz.), who put the ball away for his second goal of the season.
Not everything went the ThunderWolves’ way in the second half, though, as a ThunderWolf defender was sent off in the 75th minute after being shown his second yellow card. That forced Stanley to sacrifice an attacking player and change to a 4-4-1 formation. Corey Culle n (So., Fort Collins, Colo.) was sent up top as the lone striker, and after playing valiantly, he was replaced by Brandon Victor (Fr., Northglenn, Colo.). Three minutes from time, the freshman took a ball from John Christy (Sr., Layton, Utah) and slotted the ball past the CCU goalie.
Coach Stanley was pleased with the way his team came back and earned the win, but admitted that certain aspects of the Pack’s performance must improve. “We weren’t as organized as we needed to be,” he said. The coach noted that a lack of organization, combined with a slight lack of intensity is often a recipe for disaster.
Still, he was able to single out a couple of players for special praise. Cook and Kinsey both earned accolades from the coach for their performances. Stanley said that Cook was emotional, intense, and a vital presence on the field. Kinsey’s two assists also caught Stanley’s eye, making for a bright spot on what the coach said “wasn’t our best day.”
When looking ahead to future action, Stanley called the team's matchup with the Colorado School of Mines, scheduled for Sunday, a "crucial" game towards solidifying one of the top four spots in the RMAC. That game is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. in Golden. A win would equal the ThunderWolves' longest all-time winning streak of six games, set by the 1999 team.
The ThunderWolves will return to the Rawlings Complex next Friday, Oct. 10 to face Metro State.