|Posted September 7, 2008|
Men surrender lead, lose to Rockhurst
Even after jumping out to a 2-0 lead on Division II powerhouse Rockhurst University, the CSU-Pueblo men's soccer team fell on the road, 3-2. Goals from Trevor Martinet (Sr., Pueblo, Colo.) and Robert Kinsey (So., Denver, Colo.) gave the Pack an early cushion, but Rockhurst fought back to send CSU-Pueblo home unhappy.
The men didn't have any problems scoring early on in the match. Martinet curled his free kick over the Rockhurst wall at the 2:25 mark to notch his first goal of the season and put the Pack up early. "I was pumped up to take the kick," said Martinet. "It was a great way to start the game, especially because Rob scored right after me, but unfortunately we couldn't finish."
Sophomore sensation Kinsey did indeed score his seventh goal of the season shortly after Martinet's effort. He tapped the ball home after being played into the box by Dylan Cook (Jr., Albuquerque, N.M.). However, after that goal, CSU-Pueblo's offense dried up, and Rockhurst sharpened up its attack and became more physical.
Rockhurst's main goal-scoring threat, Tom Heinemann, climbed over a CSU-Pueblo defender to head home for the Hawk's first goal, and Grant Landon equalized shortly after halftime. Caleb Haydon completed the comeback in the 70th minute with another header.
"We didn't create enough," said Coach Roy Stanley. "I thought we were fairly poor in possession. We just didn't move the ball very well." Stanley did say that he was pleased with the early flurry of goals, but felt that the team was sluggish some reason. "We won the ball in good areas and had one or two good clearances, but we were average."
Despite the lack of offensive production in the second half, Stanley pointed out that his defensive players are continuing to make progress. "We kept Rockhurst from getting open shots, and our keeper (Chris Smith, So., Colorado Springs, Colo.) had a good game -- those goals weren't his fault," Stanley noted. He stressed that the team's defense is continuing to improve and keep its structure when under pressure. "We need to pick it up for RMAC play, but we showed some guts defensively," he said.
After recuperating from their first road swing of the season, the men will head out again, this time a little closer to home. The Pack will head to the western slope to face off against Mesa State and Fort Lewis next weekend. Their next home action will come on Sept. 19 against Regis University.