ThunderWolves come seconds away from shutout against Grizzlies.
PUEBLO, Colo. (GoThunderWolves.com - Sept. 5, 2011) - In a Labor Day non-conference tussle, CSU-Pueblo showed heightened physicality in beating back an aggressive Adams State squad, winning 2-1.
In a match that saw Adams State post 16 fouls to just six for the ThunderWolves, CSU-Pueblo had to show it wouldn't cower to the Grizzlies' aggressive game. The Pack showed this when the first goal of the evening was logged as Samantha Lewis (Fr., Tucson, Ariz.), who shrugged off an Adams State defender to bury a 25-yard strike to the upper left corner of the goal in the game's 34th minute.
Taking the 1-0 lead into halftime, the ThunderWolves executed a beauty of a second goal as Angela Mendoza (Sr., Oxnard, Calif.) fed Morgan Purkey (Jr., Pueblo, Colo.) on a perfectly-placed header in the game's 64th minute.
Freshman keeper Erin Stephens (Fr., Aurora, Colo.) was mere seconds away from her first collegiate shutout when a beauty of a header from Adams State's Whitney Smith with 19 seconds remaining ruined the bid.
But personal accomplishments aside, the game provided the Pack with its first win and a good respite from a lackluster performance in the season-opener against Northern State last Friday.
"Adams State is an aggressive team and we had to show we could play with them," Pack coach Janet Cassidy said.
CSU-Pueblo will remain on a home stand this weekend when it hosts Angelo State (Tex.) at 4:30 Friday.