PHOENIX, Ariz. (GoThunderWolves.com - Sep. 6, 2012) - Looking to make a statement in their first road trip of the 2012 season, the CSU-Pueblo women's soccer team fell 2-0 against a perennially tough opponent in Grand Canyon.
The Pack's defense showed tough mettle against Grand Canyon, a team that was an NCAA tournament qualifier a year ago. The Lopes fired off 16 shots in the first half, most of which were off the frame and showed little danger of challenging for a goal.
The opportunities set up by the Lopes would eventually hurt the Pack as they suffered their first setback of the night early in the second half. Nicole Nsa would score the first goal of the game for the Lopes and break the scoreless tie on her first goal of the season.
Although the Pack was down on the scoreboard, the team continued to work for offensive chances. Brittany Kliesen (So., Pueblo, Colo.) and Alexis DeLaCruz (So., San Bernardino, Calif.) led the way offensively, finishing with two shots a piece.
The team also produced several one on one opportunities, but those opportunities were lost when players failed to finish with a goal.
Savannah Thompson (Jr., Upland, Calif.) continued her strong start to the season finishing with 17 saves, her second consecutive game with double-digit saves. Her 17 saves were also tied for third all-time in a single game tying Chrissy Mandarich, who achieved the feat in 2007 against Mesa State.
The Lopes would add an insurance goal by Samantha Bush with an assist to Jessica Scarpati at 78:51. The goal would come after a corner kick was awarded and the ThunderWolves failed to clear the dangerous play from inside the six yard box.
The Pack continue their weekend road trip Saturday when they play Dixie State at 6 p.m. MST. Dixie State was defeated earlier in the day by Montana State-Billings, 2-0.