The CSU-Pueblo women's soccer team made its fall debut today at Rawlings Field, but was forced to settle for a 1-1 draw with Augustana (S.D.) College. A shortage of quality chances on goal and perhaps a bit of bad luck no doubt contributed to the result.
A flurry of yellow cards made for a tense start to the match, but Rikki Warmack (Jr., Pueblo, Colo.) found the back of the net with a nice effort to put CSU-Pueblo ahead ten minutes from halftime.
However, the visitors piled on the pressure from the get go in the second half, and after a couple of near misses and a massive scramble in the CSU-Pueblo penalty area, the game was level. The score would stay that way throughout the rest of regulation and two 10-minute extra periods.
Coach Dave Morris did his best to take away something positive from the match. "I was generally pleased with our effort," he said. "We played hard and won some individual battles, and Rikki scored a great goal." He pointed to strong performances from defenders Kara Morton (So., Thornton, Colo.) and Kiley Draper (So., River Falls, Wis), but suggested the team may need some more time to find its form. "We need some more time to gel in the center of midfield," he said. "Overall, though, I thought our work rate was really spectacular."
Morris summed up the afternoon by saying that although he hates to drop points to competitive teams, a draw is always better than a loss. "We showed some athleticism," he said. "That's something we can build on."
The women's team will be in action again soon, as they are scheduled to take on Southwest Minnesota State on Sunday at 11 am at the Rawlings Soccer Complex.