CSU-Pueblo starts RMAC play with draw at Adams State

CSU-Pueblo starts RMAC play with draw at Adams State

PUEBLO, Colo. (September 14, 2018) - The Colorado State University-Pueblo men's soccer team opened Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play Friday at Adams State, playing the Grizzlies to a 1-1 draw after two overtime periods at ASU Soccer Field in Alamosa, Colo.

Sophomore Brayden Ballman (Seattle, Wash.) scored his first goal of the season in the 32' after receiving a pass inside the box off a free kick taken by Michael Chism (Sr., Littleton, Colo.).

For much of the first half the ThunderWolves was the more aggressive team and created numerous chances at the net. Through the first part of the opening period, the Pack kept possession and tired out the defense in the above average temperatures on the pitch.

The ThunderWolves earned four corner kicks and fired seven shots at the goal through the first forty-five minutes of play.

In period two, the Pack kept the pressure and aggressively attacked defenders of ASU.

The Pack's Braeden Hoppough (Jr., Anchorage, Alaska) and Harrison Sikes (Sr., Moore, Okla.) each got off two attempts that caused the Grizzlies goalkeeper to make a pair of saves.

ASU evened the match in the 71' also on a header goal score.

After the goal scored, CSU-Pueblo's next scoring chance came in the 87' when Tristan Brown (So., Colorado Springs, Colo.) fired a shot at the goal and another save kept the score the same.

In the first overtime period of the season, the ThunderWolves managed two shots, the second coming with less than ten seconds of extra time left.

Overtime number two, CSU-Pueblo had one shot.

In his first outing as a member of the Pack, goalkeeper Joseph Banul (Fr., Richardson, Tex.) made seven saves on eight shots on goal.

Banul made his final save with less than two minutes remaining in the overtime period and faced a corner kick by ASU.

CSU-Pueblo (3-1-1) returns home Sunday and hosts No. 19 Colorado Mesa University at 1 p.m. at Art & Lorraine Gonzales Stadium. The match will be YMCA Day at the pitch. All kids who show up wearing the YMCA youth jerseys will receive free admission.  Also, all YMCA members who present their membership cards will receive $2 off their tickets.

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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.