|Posted August 16, 2008|
ThunderWolves score 2-1 exhibition win
Despite getting displaced from their home field due to Saturday's torrential downpour, the ThunderWolves managed to rely on strong defense to gain a 2-1 victory in an exhibition contest with Western Nebraska Community College.
After poor field conditions pushed the ThunderWolves to play Saturday's exhibition at the Langoni Soccer Complex in the heart of Pueblo, the Pack wasted no time taking the lead. Sarah Deziel (So., Eau Claire, Wisc.) scored on a 20-yard shot from the top of the 18. The team added a second when Marli Martin (Sr., West Jordan, Utah) got a powerful header on Melissa Christensen's (Fr., Kenosha, Wisc.) corner kick.
The Cougars responded with a corner kick goal of their own only a minute later, but did not register another shot.
While the Pack offense generated a host of scoring chances, the defense, led by Martin, Kiley Draper (So., River Falls, Wisc.), and Felicia Gilbreath (Jr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) ,limited the Cougars to a pair of shots on the day. Chrissy Mandarich (Sr., Pueblo, Colo.) and Andrea Shoop (Jr., Eugene, Ore.) split the goalkeeping duties.
"We had some good moments, but I think we're disappointed that we didn't make better decisions consistently with the ball, "observed coach Dave Morris. "This is a great game to build on, and we are focused on building quickly since we get another shot at testing ourselves so soon."
The Pack women's team gets back in scrimmage action Tues., Aug. 19 at the Air Force Academy for a 4 p.m. scrimmage against the Division I Falcons.