Ballman's hat trick leads Pack past Hardrockers

PUEBLO, Colo. (October 20, 2017) - Colorado State University-Pueblo men's soccer freshman Brayden Ballman (Seattle, Wash.) scored his first career hat trick Friday guiding the ThunderWolves past visiting South Dakota School of Mines and Technology 4-2 on Senior/Parent's Night at Art & Lorraine Gonzales Stadium.

Prior to the match Pack Head Coach Roy Stanley and his staff honored three departing seniors playing in their final home games with the Pack. Lorenz Delany (Phoenix, Ariz.), Erich Frey (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Connor Marth (Tulsa, Okla.) were each recognized along with family members.

The Pack got on the board first in the tenth minute of the game when Ballman found the ball high above the defense off a free kick taken by Marth.

South Dakota Mines scored the equalizer in the 20th minute on a breakaway down field and fired a shot from the right side landing just inside the far post.

CSU-Pueblo gained possession in SDSMT territory six minutes later and converted a second goal on swift passing by Miles Sanchez (So., Bothell, Wash.) and Marth, flicking a pass ahead to teammate Tanner Pile (Fr., Tempe, Ariz.) who headed the ball past the diving goalkeeper.

The Pack added a third goal of the half in the 37th minute again by Ballman from Marth building a 3-1 lead at halftime.

At intermission CSU-Pueblo led 6-4 in shots and was active with two corner kicks earned.

In the second period the Hardrockers inched closer on a goal at the fifty-five minute mark on a free kick ball that was nicely placed inside the box.

The final twenty minutes of the match had the ThunderWolves playing solid defense and fending off any potential scoring threat.

Ballman secured the hat trick in the 89th minute converting a penalty kick and put the game away.

Marth made his presence felt, tallying three assists on the night.

At the net Frey made two saves and faced eleven shots by the Hardrockers.

CSU-Pueblo (3-9-4, 3-5-4 RMAC) hits the road next week to wrap the regular season. The Pack plays Thursday at Colorado Mines before ending the regular season Saturday at Regis.

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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.