PUEBLO, Colo. (August 31, 2018) - Colorado State University-Pueblo senior midfielder Santiago Tinta (Quito, Ecuador) converted a free kick from just outside the box in the 62nd minute to lift the Pack past Newman University 1-0 Friday at Art & Lorraine Gonzales Stadium.
Playing in the first game of the season, both teams came out strong and exchanged possession before Newman fired the first shot in the fourth minute. It was matched thirty seconds later by Pack player Harrison Sikes (Sr., Moore, Okla.) who fired a shot wide of the net.
The ThunderWolves earned their first of four corners in the first-half and seven overall in the games' seventh minute.
In the first half CSU-Pueblo matched four shots against Newman.
Throughout much of the first period it was evident the home team had a bit of pep in their step, creating numerous opportunities in their half of the field.
After a scoreless first period, Tinta started the second half and was the trailing runner following a turnover at midfield. A hard foul by Newman, right outside the 18-yard box allowed for Tinta to set up a free kick that reached the top third of the net past a diving goalkeeper for the one goal lead.
The Pack defensive line of Tanner Pile (So., Tempe, Ariz.) and Tristan Brown (So., Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Hayes Heil (Olathe, Kan.) helped to keep the Jets grounded. Newman was allowed two shots in the second half.
Pack goalkeeper Tyler Harvey (R-So., Henderson, Nev.) made five saves and faced six shots. Harvey was instrumental for the Pack late in the first half, making a leaping save and knocking the ball over the crossbar to keep the shutout intact.
Five players fired a shot for CSU-Pueblo led by Brayden Ballman (So., Seattle, Wash.) who managed two header attempts in the game.
CSU-Pueblo (1-0-0) goes on the road Monday and plays at West Texas A&M at 4 p.m. in Canyon, Tex. The Pack return home Sept. 6 and continues nonconference play versus Dallas Baptist at 7 p.m. at Gonzales 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.