|Posted September 7, 2008|
Women brushed aside by St. Edward's
The CSU-Pueblo women's soccer team knew that St. Edward's University (TX) had a good soccer team. On Sunday, they found out how good. The women dropped a comprehensive 3-1 decision to the Hilltoppers which left Coach Dave Morris looking to the future. "You have to make plays to win, and we didn't," said Morris. "Needless to say, we've got things to work on before RMAC play."
CSU-Pueblo managed to contain the high-powered St. Edward's offense for the majority of the first half. Candice Duffy (Jr., Idaho Falls, Idaho) almost put CSU-Pueblo up in the 15th minute, but her shot missed by inches. Then, instead of being up 1-0, the Pack found itself down a goal after the Hilltoppers struck home just before halftime. St. Edward's added a second goal shortly after the break, and in the 80th minute, CSU-Pueblo was perhaps unlucky to surrender its third goal of the afternoon.
Rikki Warmack (Jr., Pueblo, Colo.) got one back for the Pack, though, with a cleverly taken free kick about two minutes from time. "That was a good goal," said Morris. "Felicia Gilbreath (Jr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) earned it and Rikki caught them setting up and just buried it."
The goal was little consolation to the team, though, and Morris did his best to glean some positive elements from the game. "I thought we did a good job limiting their opportunities to dribble in on goal. I thought we looked good in defense when we hung back."
Morris pointed to good performances at the back from Marli Martin (Sr., West Jordan, Utah), Kara Morton (So., Thornton, Colo.), and Kiley Draper (So., River Falls, Wis.), saying that he felt they had contained the St. Edward's attack to a reasonable degree. "We still didn't handle the pressure at the back very well," he said, "but we had some good performances in there." Morris also highlighted the performances of winger Gabby Gonzales (Fr., Centennial, Colo.) and defender Ashley Thomas (Sr., Rock Springs, Wyo.).
The women return home to prepare for a pair of RMAC games with a record of 1-2-1. Regis and New Mexico Highlands will come to town next weekend, and Morris has his sights set on better performances. "We need some results," he said. "Discipline-wise we have some things to work through. We'll be ready though."