|Posted November 3, 2010|
Pack fall to Regis, elminated from playoffs
Young team struggles in first-round playoff loss
By Joe Foley, CSU-Pueblo Athletics
DENVER, Colo. (GoThunderWolves.com - Nov. 3, 2010) - The final score doesn't always indicate the way a team has played a game. In the case of the Colorado State University-Pueblo ThunderWolves, the 6-2 final score against Regis University in the first round of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference playoffs wasn't indicative of how quality the team actually played.
"Credit to our guys for continuing to work hard and today we did play for 90 minutes," coach Roy Stanley said.
CSU-Pueblo saw their minor mistakes turned into quality opportunities for the Rangers. When Regis was presented with these opportunities they were able to finish for goals.
The ThunderWolves began the game on the defensive side of the ball but quickly were able to knock the number-three seed Rangers on their heels. A reset off a foul from Regis enabled Chaz Hendrix (So., Albuquerque, N.M.) to send a quality ball from 40 yards out that found the head of Jon-Michael Krasovic (Fr., Pueblo, Colo.) who sent a floating header passed keeper Doug Passalaqua.
The momentum from the early goal was quickly relinquished eight minutes later when Pack midfielder Joe Schwedhelm (Sr., Carson City, Nev.) was called for a foul inside the box. The foul set up Justin Ortinau for a penalty kick that beat keeper Jacob Blum (Jr., Peoria, Ariz.).
Regis would add to the lead with two unanswered goals to put the Rangers up 3-1 as time wound down in the first half.
CSU-Pueblo wasn't done in their journey to come back from the 3-1 deficit.
With less than a minute remaining in the first half, the ThunderWolves were able to force a corner kick in the Rangers end of the field. Brandon Herre (Fr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) sent a perfect corner kick into the box that found the head of Dustin Geist (RFr., Durango, Colo.) to seize back the momentum from the Rangers.
The Pack would take their newly found momentum into the second half and came within inches of tying the game back at three.
While applying pressure to the Rangers defense, the ThunderWolves were able to force a penalty kick from an apparent handball by Regis. The penalty kick failed putting the pressure right back on the Pack.
Ranger's striker, Nathan Kafer would tally two more goals in the second half to finish the day with a hat trick. Kafer would also add an assist late in the game to Nduo Chilaka, finishing the day with seven points.
"It's a different level, the quickness and the speed were certainly heightened even more today," Stanley said.
The loss eliminates the ThunderWolves from the RMAC playoffs, officially ending the season for the men's soccer team.
The Pack finish the season with a 7-11-1 overall record and a 6-7-1 RMAC record.