|Posted August 31, 2012|
Defense solid as Pack drops opener to Lopes
Pack falls in opener, 2-0
PHOENIX, Ariz. (GoThunderWolves.com - Aug. 31, 2012) - The CSU-Pueblo men's soccer team began their 2012 campaign Friday as they faced off against a talented Grand Canyon University team. Although the Pack fell in the opener, 2-0, the team displayed against a perennially tough team.
The ThunderWolves were solid defensively early on as they weathered a series of shots and opportunities against a hungry Lopes team. Patrick Markis (Sr., Tempe, Ariz.) was particularly stellar making many crucial throughout the first half.
"We defended in a fashion, where guys made the adjustments that we needed to make, and we worked hard," coach Roy Stanley said.
Even after sitting out of the 2011 season as a redshirt, Markis was sharp on the evening finishing with 11 saves.
Danger would eventually strike the Pack in the second half after giving up a corner kick to the Lopes. The restart would fall in favor of Grand Canyon as they gained possession and finished with the first goal of the night scored by Brian Green, with an assist credited to Oshane Brown.
The Pack struggled to gain form offensively, as sloppy passing ultimately prevented any type of offensive flow to be created.
"We wanted to hold onto the ball and keep the ball moving and that was a matter of us not being clean enough with our passing," coach Stanley said.
Grand Canyon would add another goal, but this time at the expense of a self-inflicted wound by the Pack in the form of an own goal.
The team was also happy to have midfielder, Connor Marcone, (So., San Diego, Calif.) back after spending the previous year as a redshirt.
The ThunderWolves will finish off their road trip to Phoenix ,Sunday, when they play St. Martin's at 7 p.m. St. Martin's played earlier in the day, but fell 4-0 to Sonoma State.