Lone mistake dooms ThunderWolves at UCCS

UC-Colorado Springs 1, CSU-Pueblo 0

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - An errant turnover on the Pack's defensive end was enough to undo a chance at a win over UCCS Wednesday as CSU-Pueblo fell 1-0 in the season's lone meeting with the Mountain Lions.

UCCS converted a turnover deep in the CSU-Pueblo end into a goal 15 minutes into the match, leaving the ThunderWolves to play catchup for the remainder of the game.  CSU-Pueblo was largely effective offensively, outshooting UCCS 16-15 as each got 10 shots on goal.  But the Pack had trouble finishing, as no shots found the back of the net.

CSU-Pueblo's loss leaves the Pack in practically irreparable disadvantage in the "Steel and Silver Series," the all-sports competition between CSU-Pueblo and UC-Colorado Springs.  The ThunderWolves trail a daunting 14-0 in the competition, which awards four points to the winners of the season series in each of the nine intercollegiate sports the two schools share.  Thus far, UCCS has earned the season series in volleyball, women's soccer and men's soccer, as well as winning in one head-to-head battle in men's golf.  Wednesday's meeting marked the only meeting of the season in women's soccer, thus awarding all four points for the sport to UCCS.  The ThunderWolves must at least win the remaining series in men's and women's basketball, softball, and women's track to even the current score. 

The ThunderWolves' loss marks their second straight game without a goal, and their third shutout suffered in the past four games.  CSU-Pueblo will return home this weekend to host Adams State Friday and Mesa State Sunday.