Strong defense lifts Pack past Hardrockers 3-2

Strong defense lifts Pack past Hardrockers 3-2

RAPID CITY, S.D. (October 21, 2016) – The Colorado State University-Pueblo men's soccer team survived a late second half surge from South Dakota School of Mines & Technology 3-2 Friday at Sioux Park in Rapid City, S.D.

CSU-Pueblo received goals from Jose Batista (R-Fr., Grand Prairie, Tex.), Cesar Zamudio (R-Fr., Guayquil, Ecuador), and Aaron Strunk (Sr., Springfield, Mo.).

The Pack took an early 1-0 lead in the seventh minute on a goal from Batista, his second in as many games, after taking a pass from Mackenzie Paquette (Sr., Phoenix, Ariz.) and striking the ball past the Hardrocker goalkeeper.

The Pack defense stepped up in a big way the rest of the first half, shutting down SDM&T and holding the Hardrockers to three first half shots and one corner kick attempt.

Opening the second period the ThunderWolves continued their smothering defense and offensive attack.

The Pack added to the score in the 63rd minute on a goal from Zamudio, his first as a member of the Pack. Nainoa Silva (Fr., Maui, Hawai'i) earned the assist on the play.

Moments later the Pack regained possession and drove the ball down field, drawing a foul inside the penalty box setting up the third score of the game. Aaron Strunk (Sr., Springfield, Mo.) took the PK, scoring his first goal of the season.

The ThunderWolves starting goalkeeper Erich Frey (R-So., Colorado Springs, Colo.) made six saves at the net in seventy-seven minutes played.

SDM&T scored two goals in a five-minute span against freshman Chandler Syrett (Sandy, Utah) who came on in the 80th minute, making one save.

Frey re-entered the game following the second Hardrocker goal, shutting the door on the home team.

 CSU-Pueblo (7-8, 5-6 RMAC) continues on the road Sunday for a match at No. 11 Regis University. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. at Regis Match Pitch in Lakewood, Colo.

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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.