PUEBLO, Colo. (September 23, 2016) - Behind a two-goal performance by freshman Miles Sanchez (Bothell, Wash.), the Colorado State University-Pueblo men's soccer team defeated Adams State University 3-1 Friday in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference action at the Art & Lorraine Gonzales Soccer Stadium.
Sanchez and Co. started the game firing on all cylinders while having to battle high winds at the pitch. The Pack scored the games' first goal in the fourth minute after gaining possession deep in ASU territory allowing Dycus Kelly (So., Laramie, Wyo.) to serve a ball from top right side of the box in to a crossing Sanchez who struck a one-timer to the back of the net and an early 1-0 lead.
The Pack created several chances at the net, shooting in to the wind in the first half. CSU-Pueblo added to its lead in the 15th minute on a free kick taken by Connor Marth (Jr., Tulsa, Okla.) who served a Beckham-like hook from forty yards out to a waiting Kelly who was along side the back post, who then fired a shot past the ASU goalkeeper.
It is Kelly's first goal of the season.
"We played a good first forty-five minutes and created opportunities in the half," said Pack head coach Roy Stanley.
At halftime the Pack held a 2-0 lead while recording an 8-3 shot advantage.
In the second half the Grizzlies' intensity level was lifted and was rewarded in the 53rd minute when they connected on their first goal of the game, cutting into the Pack lead.
"The beginning of the secon half we didn't come out with the maturity and discipline we need to have against all the teams in the RMAC," Stanley added. "It caught us but I thought we regained our composure and kept after it."
Playing in to the high winds in the second half was a battle for both squads with the Pack capitalizing on a miscue at midfield in the 77th minute as Lorenz Delaney (Jr., Phoenix, Ariz.) took possession and drove down the right side of the field, toe-tapping the ball ahead to Sanchez who had broke free of the defender and nudged in his second score of the contest.
"Miles has taken everything in and doesn't go overboard with anything and deserved both goals that he finished tonight."
Sanchez now has three goals scored on the year.
Pack goalkeeper Erich Frey (R-So., Colorado Springs, Colo.) picked up the win at the net, making two saves on ten shots by the Grizzlies.
CSU-Pueblo (3-4-0, 1-2-0 RMAC) wraps up its current homestand Sunday when they welcome Fort Lewis to the pitch. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. at the Art & Lorraine Gonzales Soccer Stadium.
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As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.