|Posted September 18, 2009|
#24 CSU-Pueblo cools off in conference opener
Pueblo, Colo. ---> The CSU-Pueblo men's soccer team played one of their most physical games of the year today at the Rawlings Sports Complex, as No. 24 CSU-Pueblo fell to Regis Univ. 2-1 in the RMAC opener for both teams. With the loss the Pack drops to 4-2 (0-1 RMAC) as the Rangers picked up their third win on the year at 3-2 (1-0 RMAC).
The game started out quickly as both teams came out mentally and physically ready to play. In fact, the game was physically intense between both teams as they combined for an unbelievable 35 fouls, 6 yellow cards, and even a red card.
Battling for possession most of the first half, the Rangers struck first in the 9th minute to take the lead 1-0. The score would remain 1-0 for most of the first half until the 39th minute when a collection of players in front of the CSU-Pueblo goal gathered and battled for possession. Erik Andersen (Sr., Phoenix, Ariz.) received the ball and in one quick motion delivered to the back of the goal, scoring his third consecutive goal in as many games.
The second half once again was just as physical as the first half. Both teams combined for 23 fouls in the second half alone. Five of the seven yellow and red cards were issued in the wild and crazy second half. In the 67th minute, the Rangers' quick offense struck again with a swift kick to the back of the net giving the Rangers a 2-1 advantage with twenty minutes left in play. In all the excitement Dylan Cook (Sr., Albuquerque, N.M.) had to be removed from the game when he received a gash to the forehead in the 78th minute. The Pack would then be shut down for the remaining few minutes, falling 2-1.
The Pack will look to regain focus on Sunday when they host Metro State at 2:30 pm. Prior to this game, the CSU-Pueblo women soccer will host Nebraska-Kearney at noon.