Pack battles to tie with St. Cloud State

CSU-Pueblo 1, St. Cloud State 1

PUEBLO, Colo. - The ThunderWolves couldn't re-capture the magic they showed in netting a goal inside of the first minute of the game Sunday vs. St. Cloud State, batting the Huskies to a 1-1 tie.

Jessa Cook (Jr., Idaho Falls, Idaho) fielded a perfectly-placed pass from Sarah Deffit (Jr., Bremerton, Wash.) to net a goal just 45 seconds into the game, the 5th fastest goal in CSU-Pueblo history, giving CSU-Pueblo a quick 1-0 lead over a shell-shocked St. Cloud State team.

But the game was even steven the rest of the way.  St. Cloud State tied it up in the 35th minute on a corner kick by Gabrielle Najera to Chelsey Permenter, leaving the game in a deadlock the rest of the way. 

The ThunderWolves offense created quality chances throughout, uncorking 20 shots on the Huskies and landing 10 shots on goal.  The ThunderWolves saw a chance to end the game in the second overtime when Candice Duffy (Sr., Idaho Falls, Idaho) fired a shot that hit the top crossbar, which was the Pack's last shot at breaking the deadlock. 

Pack keeper Randi Walters (Sr., Oxnard, Calif.) was strong in goal, recording three saves in 110 minutes of work.  Walters has a goals-against-average of 1.47 so far on the young season.

"We're obviously disappointed because we felt we outplayed them, as evidenced by the 20 shots," Pack coach Janet Cassidy said.  "But we are happy with the tie because St. Cloud is a good team.  We think this is a good building block as we get ready for RMAC play next weekend."

The ThunderWolves will remain on a home stand this weekend when they host the University of the Southwest on Friday before opening conference play Sunday vs. Metro State.