CSU-Pueblo wins 4-0 over Colorado Christian

CSU-Pueblo wins 4-0 over Colorado Christian

PUEBLO, Colo. (Gonzales Complex) - The Colorado State University-Pueblo women's soccer team hosted Colorado Christian University Sunday, defeating the Cougars 4-0 on Parent's Day at the Art & Lorraine Gonzales Complex. 

In a pre-game celebration of Parent's Day, head coach Paul Regrutto and company took a moment to honor and thank those parents and other relatives who have been supportive of the Pack this season.  

"It was great seeing all the parent's and their players families today." said Regrutto. "We had 64 parents and family members which is a great way to celebrate the girls."

The ThunderWolves struck first just five minutes into the start of the game. On her only shot of the game, Kacie Licata (So., Forward, Upland, Calif.) fired a free kick from 35 yards out, connecting with the back of the net, for the early 1-0 lead.

On a beautiful Sunday afternoon in Pueblo, the ThunderWolves were successful in their opportunities and maintained good ball possession through the first half. The Pack defense was effective in holding the Cougars to just two shots on goal in seven total shots.

Three minutes after taking the lead, CSU-Pueblo scored its second goal when Danelle Dondelinger (Fr., Midfielder, Louisville, Colo.), standing at a crowded front net, kicked it straight on to the inside of the right post for the goal. It is the third goal this season for Dondelinger.

CSU-Pueblo held a 5-4 shot advantage at the half, with each team getting two corner kicks.

"Our girls played with a lot of energy and we created good chances," Regrutto said.

The Pack energy did not let up in the second half as they netted a goal in the 54th minute when Laikyn Koss (R-Fr., Forward, Riverside, Calif.) received a pass from Amanda Jorgensen (Jr., Forward, Wailuku, Hawai'i) and fired one of her game-high three shots, past a diving goalkeeper. It is the second goal of the season for Koss.

Goalkeeper Jenn Rucker (Sr., Renton, Wash.) faced five shots with one save before making way for Kim Smith (R-So., Glendale, Ariz.) who came in shortly after the 70th minute.  

Smith faced two shots, making one save in her time on the field.

Jorgensen earned her second assist of the game, taking a corner kick and placing it at the center of the net to Danni Lyde (R-Fr., Defender, Pueblo, Colo.) who headed the ball into the net, extending the Pack lead 4-0. The goal is Lyde's first of her collegiate career.

"I felt we stayed focused and worked hard from beginning to end," Regrutto added.

With the win, CSU-Pueblo (6-7-2, 4-6-2 RMAC) still has hope for clinching a playoff spot heading in the final week of the regular season. They will next play Friday when they welcome Regis University to town, kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Art & Lorraine Gonzales Complex.

The night will feature a pre-game ceremony in which the six departing seniors will be honored by Regrutto and his staff. The seniors are: Melissa Chavez (R-Sr., Pueblo, Colo.), Kliesen, Anna Larmore (Sr., Everett, Wash.), Priscilla Llanos (Sr., Rowland Heights, Calif.), Kailyn Provin (R-Sr., Torrance, Calif.), and Rucker.

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 As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.