PUEBLO, Colo. (October 2, 2016) - The Colorado State University-Pueblo women's soccer team scored a goal in each half of a 2-0 upset of No. 3 Colorado School of Mines Sunday in a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference contest at Art and Lorraine Gonzales Stadium.
The ThunderWolves (6-3-0, 3-2-0 RMAC) beat Colorado Mines (9-1-0, 4-1-0 RMAC) last season at home by the score of 1-0, but this time the Pack were able to get an insurance goal in the second half to hand the Orediggers their first loss of 2016.
Colorado Mines had allowed just one goal all season, let alone in a game, and had never trailed this in 2016.
The ThunderWolves have now posted five shutouts in their six wins this season and are 4-1 at home.
Junior defender Jessica Westhoff (Centennial, Colo.) had a strong game both offensively and defensively with a goal and an assist while playing the entire game on the back line. Her game-winning goal was a header off a corner kick just 5:39 into the game, as her strike went far post and over a defender's head.
The Pack came out in the second half and again dominated the opening minutes and were rewarded with another goal at 54:59. This time Westhoff set up senior forward Sandra Grimaldo (Mammoth Lakes, Calif.) on a nice chip from just inside the center line. The ball found the head of a streaking Gramadlo, who reached the ball just before a charging Colorado Mines goalkeeper, placing the ball over her head and into the back of the net.
Besides an Oredigger shot that struck the post in the 65th minute, the ThunderWolves limited the scoring chances of the league's most powerful offense.
Senior goalkeeper Alison Darr (Placerville, Calif.) only needed to make three saves, as she improved to 5-3 on the season.
The ThunderWolves remain at home for the next five matches, beginning with Regis Univeristy, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m.
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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.