|Posted October 11, 2009|
ThunderWolves can't convert, lose to UCCS
UC-Colorado Springs 1, CSU-Pueblo 0
The Pack was unable to get quality chances in front of the net Sunday, losing a frigid affair to UC-Colorado Springs 1-0.
The ThunderWolves' loss pits CSU-Pueblo in a nearly insurmountable hole in the "Steel and Silver Series," the all-sports competition between the two schools. After falling to a season sweep at the hands of the Mountain Lions, giving the men's soccer points in the series to UCCS, the ThunderWolves trail by a 10-0 margin.
The Pack showed some flashes, especially in the second half, when it held UCCS to just two shots, controlling the ball for nearly the entirety of the half. But the Pack offense routinely broke down in front of the UCCS goal, where nearly every shot attempt either flew wide or hit a black and gold body.
The Pack owned the advantage in corner kicks (12-3) and shots (14-12), but the only advantage that mattered, the score, was in UCCS' favor since Mike Mason netted a goal midway through the first half for UCCS, leaving the Pack to play catch up for the remainder of the match.
"I felt we did the right things and played smart soccer," Pack coach Roy Stanley said, "But we just couldn't get good opportunities. At the end of the game, the word that stands out is 'unlucky,' because I felt for the most part we took care of business."
The loss is the Pack's third in the past four games and sixth in the past eight games. CSU-Pueblo, now 6-7 overall and 2-6 in RMAC play, will look to resurrect its fledgling playoff hopes when it travels to Denver to take on Metro State Friday