DeLaCruz highlights rout of Cougars

DeLaCruz highlights rout of Cougars

PUEBLO, Colo. (GoThunderWolves.com - Sep. 21, 2012) - Good things usually come in bunches, and for the CSU-Pueblo women's soccer team that was true in their 5-1 win over Colorado Christian.

The Pack got off to an excellent start using their speed and passing to put pressure on the Cougars. Brittany Kliesen (So., Pueblo, Colo.) scored her first goal of the season on a deep free kick that beat the keeper over the top to put the Pack up, 1-0.

The team continued to work and with their excellent passing, set up another opportunity. Alexis DeLaCruz (So., San Bernardino, Calif.) used an impressive individual effort just inside the box to set up a shot that beat the keeper to the upper right corner.

The Pack carried the 2-0 lead into halftime but came out of the gates in the second half hungry for more.

DeLaCruz again was huge in setting up the third goal of the game on her free kick that she sent into the box. The ball found Abigail Chris (Jr., Anchorage, Alaska) who calmly tucked the ball into the lower left corner to give the Pack a 3-0 cushion.

Just when it looked like the Pack would run away from the Cougars, they would answer with a goal of their own to lower the deficit.

But the newly found energy by the Cougars would quickly be depleted when the Pack struck again on a set piece. This time Morgan Purkey (Sr., Pueblo, Colo.) sent a free kick into the box that was initially misplayed by the keeper. The mistake would benefit the ThunderWolves as Amanda Jorgensen (Fr., Wailuku, Hawaii) gathered the free kick and finished the play for a 4-1 Pack lead.

The Cougars would have some self-inflicted damage at 74:24 when a ball played into their box was misplayed for an own goal.

The defense for the Pack was solid as they kept the Cougars from ever really threatening. All other shots were handled confidently by Savannah Thompson (Jr., Upland, Calif.), who finished with 10 saves.

Maya Rugg (Jr., Eagar, Ariz.) was instrumental in the Pack's success as she caused problems all day on the outside with her breakaway speed.

Jorgensen and Kliesen paced the Pack offensively as they both finished with a game-high five shots.

The Pack looks to keep the momentum going when they go on the road Sunday to play Metro State. Kickoff is scheduled for noon.