|Posted September 4, 2010|
ThunderWolves fall to Abilene Christian in home opener
PUEBLO, Colo. (GoThunderWolves.com - Sept. 4, 2010) - The ThunderWolves had trouble with a tough Abilene Christian team Saturday, falling 2-0 in the Pack's home opener.
CSU-Pueblo was outshot 22-11, but saw its top striker, Katie Thiebaut (Sr., Pueblo, Colo.), get plenty of good looks at the goal, putting six shots on goal. While the ThunderWolves struggled to find the back of the net, Abilene put through two unassisted goals, the first coming in the 17th minute by Andrea Carpenter, and the second in the 63rd minute by Julie Coppedge.
Though the result wasn't what the Pack wanted, head coach Janet Cassidy said the game offered a good opportunity to work out the cobwebs before conference play begins Sept. 17. It provided the team an opportunity to test its endurance, playing games on consecutive days, a rarity in the collegiate schedule.
"There was effort throughout the game and we never gave up,
especially after playing a road game yesterday," Cassidy said.
"We learned a good lesson on pushing through fatigue.
"We just have to capitalize on the opportunities given to us."
"These early season games are great learning tools for when conference play opens up."
The Pack will get a crack at a few more non-conference battles before the games really begin to count - CSU-Pueblo will travel to San Angelo, Tex. for the Angelo State Invitational Friday and Sunday, facing Texas-Permian Basin and Angelo State.