GUNNISON, Colo. (October 30, 2016) - The Colorado State University-Pueblo women's soccer team ended its regular season playing Western State Colorado University to a 0-0 tie Sunday at Gateway Field in Gunnison, Colo. As a result, the Pack secure the second seed in the upcoming RMAC Tournament.
CSU-Pueblo (12-3-1, 9-2-1 RMAC) started the day tied with Colorado School of Mines atop the RMAC standings in conference points needing to match the Orediggers' on the final day of the regular season around the league.
In front of a crowd of 170-plus, the ThunderWolves played the Mountaineers strong as the home team came out firing several attempts at the net.
The Pack managed twelve shots in the first half to the Mountaineers three. Laikyn Koss (Sr., Riverside, Calif.) paced the Pack with three shots.
Sandra Grimaldo (Sr., Mammoth Lakes, Calif.) earned two of the Pack's seven shots on goal in the half.
CSU-Pueblo attempted three corner kicks in the opening forty-five minutes to WSCU's zero.
The second half called on the solid play at midfield and on defense to rise to the occasion as they fended off a steady Mountaineer attack.
CSU-Pueblo matched eight shot attempts in the second period led by Karley Whiteman (So., Alta Loma, Calif.) shooting twice at the net.
Strong defense from the Mountaineers limited the Pack in minimal chances closing out regulation.
The first overtime was a ten-minute defensive battle with five shot attempts combined by the teams.
In the second extra period CSU-Pueblo outshot the Mountaineers 5-4 as Kacie Licata (Sr., Upland, Calif.) fired two of her four shots in the final period.
Pack goalkeeper Alison Darr (Sr., Placerville, Calif.) made seven saves in facing seventeen shots by WCSU.
The ThunderWolves finished the game with a 28-17 shots lead and 8-6 corner kick advantage.
With the tie, CSU-Pueblo clinches the two-seed and host a quarterfinal match Wednesday at the Art & Lorraine Gonzales Soccer Stadium. Stay tuned to gothunderwolves.com for official tournament release.
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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.