|Posted September 25, 2009|
Pack loses offensive battle, drops game to UCCS
UC-Colorado Springs 4, CSU-Pueblo 3
The ThunderWolves' chances to take the 2009-10 Steel and Silver Series title from UCCS took a big hit Friday as the Pack lost their third straight, falling 4-3 to UCCS.
The loss drops the Pack to 4-4 on the season and 0-3 in RMAC play.
CSU-Pueblo saw a 1-0 lead after a Sam Henritze (Sr., Scottsdale, Ariz.) evaporate when UCCS added two goals nine minutes apart midway through the first period. The Pack tied it back up when Robert Kinsey (So., Denver, Colo.) took a feed from Johnny Valenzuela (Sr., Las Cruces, N.M.) to make the game 2-2.
But the Mountain Lions took the win out of Pack's sails by scoring immediately, netting a goal just 35 seconds later to take the lead for good.
Pack coach Roy Stanley said the difference was critical errors in the Pack's defensive end.
"We had a lot of defensive errors that cost us and we got punished for them," Stanley said. "We're still trying to regain our full sense of holding on the ball that we had to start the season."
"But overall I felt we worked pretty hard today and had good energy and spirit," he said. "We just need to get back on the winning track shortly."
One ThunderWolf equalled a school record in the game - Erik Anderson (Sr., Phoenix, Ariz.) scored a goal in his fifth consecutive game, equalling a school record in consecutive goals. Andersen is now in the CSU-Pueblo record books alongside Craig Miller (2002) and Fabricio Collella (1993), each of whom netted goals in five straight games.
The loss puts CSU-Pueblo in a big hole in the "Steel and Silver Series," the all-sports competition between CSU-Pueblo and UCCS. CSU-Pueblo is currently trailing in the series 5-0, due to head-to-head losses in men's soccer, volleyball and men's golf. The Steel & Silver Series awards points to the winner of games between the schools in seven women's and three men's sports and a five-point bonus to the university whose student-athletes have the best grades. In the three years that the series has been in existence, UCCS has won the series each year.
The ThunderWolves will continue its road trip in Lakewood Sunday when it faces Colorado Christian.