|Posted October 24, 2008|
Pack shocks #15 Metro - again
DENVER, Colo. - When the ThunderWolves walked onto the Metro State campus Friday to take on the 15th-ranked Roadrunners, the distinct feeling was that Metro viewed their 3-2 loss on Oct. 10 to the Pack as an anomaly.
After the Pack shocked the Roadrunners for a second time this season, scoring a 1-0 win, CSU-Pueblo proved that the win was certainly no fluke.
The ThunderWolves, relying on an incredible effort in goal by Chris Smith (RSo., Colorado Springs, Colo.) and a stalwart defense that deflected 20 of Metro State's 30 shots away from Smith, put themselves in position to ride one goal to victory. That goal was delivered by Robert Kinsey (RFr., Denver, Colo.), who turned a one-versus-three situation into a breakaway goal, fired to the high left corner of the goal in the 48th minute.
Kinsey's goal resulted from an errant pass by a Metro midfielder, which fell straight to Kinsey's feet. He juked two defenders into one another and fought through to get an open look at the net.
"I was able to get through and get a shot off, and I thought it was going high," Kinsey said. "But it hit high, and I just went crazy."
Smith, meanwhile, recorded his second straight shutout, extending his career-high shutout streak to an even 180 minutes. It was the third shutout of the season for the reigning RMAC defensive player of the week. Smith faced down numerous attacks, and also benefitted from two Metro shots hitting the high post. But he kept his composure despite the relentlessness of the Roadrunners.
"He had a solid game and made a couple big saves for us," Pack coach Roy Stanley said. "Overall, he is playing with consistency, especially the past three games."
The win drastically helps the Pack's playoff chances, as the ThunderWolves (10-6-1) are holding tight to the fourth of four RMAC tournament berths with the win. The third-ranked team currently, Regis, is the Pack's foe Sunday.
"We've had weekends this year where we had a big Friday win and had mixed results in the Sunday game," Stanley said. "We've got to watch out being too hot and keep level-headed, especially against a good team like Regis."
The ThunderWolves also have a chance to enter the national rankings for the first time in four years if they are able to knock off Regis Sunday, as well.