PUEBLO, Colo. (September 3, 2017) - Colorado State University-Pueblo men's soccer dropped its second straight game to begin the season Sunday falling 5-2 against West Texas A&M in a nonconference affair at Art & Lorraine Gonzales Stadium.
Playing in unseasonably high temperatures in the region the ThunderWolves started the match fast out of the gate. An active starting group accounted for seven first-half shots and three corner kicks.
Joe McKee (So., F, Plano, Tex.) scored his first career goal in the 38th minute on his only shot attempt. Jose Batista (R-So., F, Grand Prairie, Tex.) fed a pass ahead to McKee who then hit a one-timer, crossing up the WT goalkeeper for the score.
The Pack took the 1-0 lead into halftime and held a 3-1 corner kick advantage.
Opening the second half the ThunderWolves quickly went on the defense when the Buffs drove the ball into Pack territory and created back-to-back corner kick attempts before scoring the equalizer 1-1 in the 58th minute.
CSU-Pueblo regained the lead one minute later on a Cesar Zamudio (So., F, Guayquil, Ecuador) goal inside the far post.
The potent Buffs lineup did not relinquish however once again tying the game 2-2 in the 64th minute and took the lead for good five minutes later at 3-2 with twenty minutes left in the second half.
WT put the game away in the waning minutes adding two more goals and finishing by a score of 5-2.
"I feel like we are missing an edge to our game," said Pack head coach Roy Stanley. "As a collective I don't think we really showed an edge or a front-foot mentality."
Pack goalkeeper Tyler Harvey (So., Las Vegas, Nev.) made five saves and faced 18 shots by WT. The visiting team ended the game with a 6-4 corner kick lead.
CSU-Pueblo (0-2) goes on the road and continues nonconference play for a two-game swing at Dallas Baptist Sept. 7 and at Newman (KS) Sept. 9.
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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.