PUEBLO, Colo. (October 16, 2016) - The Colorado State University-Pueblo men's soccer team scored two goals in the first half of a 3-1 win against Westminster Sunday on Senior Day at the Art & Lorraine Gonzales Soccer Stadium.
CSU-Pueblo head coach Roy Stanley and his staff honored five seniors who played in their final home games as members of the Pack.
The seniors honored each were given a gift and recognized prior to kickoff. They were Daniel Wichman (Chandler, Ariz.), Trevor Hardacker (Phoenix, Ariz.), Aaron Strunk (Springfield, Mo.), Mackenzie Paquette (Phoenix, Ariz.) and Zach Davis (Tucson, Ariz.).
The ThunderWolves started the match active and fired two quick shots before in the 11' Dycus Kelly (So., Laramie, Wyo.) connected his third goal of the year after taking a pass from Connor Marth (Jr., Tulsa, Okla.) inside the center of the box and striking a one-timer past the goalkeeper.
Westminster evened the match in the 32' as a result of a penalty kick.
CSU-Pueblo regained its composure to regain the lead two minutes later off a corner kick taken by Santiago Tinta (So., Quito-Ecuador) placing it high above the crowd allowing Paquette to use his head and hit the ball beyond the goalkeeper reach.
At the half the Pack held a 7-5 shot lead and recorded one corner kick to the Griffins' two.
The second period saw the Pack control possession in Griffins territory for most of the half.
Pack reserve Jose Batista (R-Fr., Grand Prairie, Tex.) managed a game-high four shots in the half including connecting on his first score in the 87' to secure the Pack victory. Nick Mangialardi (Jr., Phoenix, Ariz.) earned the assist on the play.
Pack goalkeeper Erich Frey (R-So., Colorado Springs, Colo.) made two saves on nine total Griffin shots.
CSU-Pueblo (6-8, 4-6 RMAC) begins a four-game road trip Friday to finish the regular season. The Pack travel to South Dakota Mines (Oct. 21) and finishes the weekend at Regis Sunday.
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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.