|Posted September 12, 2010|
ThunderWolves continue to mesh in claiming 2-0 win
Pack runs shutout streak to over 200 minutes, Thompson earns shutout in first career start.
By Anthony Sandstrom, CSU-Pueblo Athletics
SAN ANGELO, Tex. (GoThunderWolves.com - Sept. 12, 2010) - It's been famine to feast for the ThunderWolves women's soccer team, keeping up their hot streak by disposing of a very tough Angelo State team Sunday, downing the Rambelles 2-0 on the road.
The win lifted the Pack's record to 2-2 after an 0-2 start, and extended their shutout streak to over 206 minutes.
It also marked a milestone for keeper Savannah Thompson (Fr., Upland, Calif.), who saw her first action as a ThunderWolf and excelled in a big way, scoring a shutout in her first start and becoming just the fourth keeper in ThunderWolf history to post a shutout in her first career start (joining Sara Ledbetter (1997), Nadia Fercha (2000) and Chrissy Mandarich (2004)).
Thompson benefitted from an ironclad defense that didn't allow many legitimate shots all day long. Though the Rambelles landed 11 shots on goal, few had a real shot to find the back of the net.
"Our defense continues to mesh as a unit and we're playing more as a team rather than individually, and that makes a huge difference," Pack coach Janet Cassidy said. "We're on a defensive mission right now, and it will be hard for somebody to get a ball through us at this point."
On the other end of the ball, Morgan Purkey (So., Pueblo, Colo.) took charge to record two goals for her second multi-goal game of her career. The first came on a penalty kick in the 54th minute, putting the Pack up 1-0, while the second came on a lead pass from Krystin Bustos (RSo., Amarillo, Tex.), which Purkey fired in from the 18 in the 87th minute, killing any of Angelo's hopes for a come back.
The Pack was able to do what it did offensively with limited chances - the ThunderWolves landed just four shots on goal, two of which went in for scores, and had only two corners to work with.
The ThunderWolves' hot streak comes at a great time - CSU-Pueblo faces perhaps its toughest test of the season Friday night, when it opens its conference slate against Fort Lewis, the 14th-ranked team in the nation, in the program's first ever night game at home. The Pack's tilt against the Skyhawks will be the team's only game next weekend.