Three earn First Team All-RMAC honors; Regrutto named Coach of the Year

Three earn First Team All-RMAC honors; Regrutto named Coach of the Year

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (November 1, 2016) - The Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference announced its all-conference selections Tuesday and Colorado State University-Pueblo women's soccer was well represented with three members of the Pack earning First Team All-RMAC accolades along with head coach Paul Regrutto being named RMAC Coach of the Year. The ThunderWolves finished the regular season with a 12-3-1 record overall and 9-2-1 showing in RMAC games this season.

Megan Garcia (R-Sr., Pueblo, Colo.), Rianna Lockhart (R-So., Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Jessica Westhoff (Jr., Centennial, Colo.) each were recognized for their outstanding play and suffocating defense this year.

As a result, the Pack earned the two-seed in upcoming eight team RMAC Tournament and host seven-seed Fort Lewis Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Art & Lorraine Gonzales Soccer Stadium.

Seniors Sandra Grimaldo (Mammoth Lakes, Calif.) and Alison Darr (Placerville, Calif.) was named to the second team all-conference list and Kacie Licata (Sr., Upland, Calif.) earned honorable mention accolades.

Garcia started in fifteen games this year and recorded one assist on five shot attempts. She helped anchor the defense in holding the opposition to twelve goals scored and a 0.73 goal-against average, second best in the RMAC. Garcia earns her second postseason award, in 2015 she was named all-conference honorable mention.

After one season with the ThunderWovles Lockhart earns her first postseason accolade while with the Pack. She tallied two goals and one assist this season and fired six shots at the net.

Westhoff earned accolades starting and appearing in sixteen games this season. She scored two goals along with three assists. She fired ten shots and helped solidify the Pack defense in recording nine shutouts this year. Westhoff was named to Second Team All-RMAC in 2015.

Regrutto earns his first coaching award in just his fourth year at the helm. He has gone 34-29-6 in four-plus seasons with the Pack.

He led the ThunderWolves squad this season to a 9-1 record at home and a perfect 6-0 in conference home matches.

The Regrutto-led ThunderWolves set a new program record earlier this season, scoring a nine-game win streak from Sept. 25 thru Oct. 28. The Pack went 7-0-1 during the month of October.

CSU-Pueblo earned a 2-0 upset win at home Oct. 2 over than-ranked No. 3 Colorado School of Mines.

The Pack earned national recogintion coming in at No. 23 in the NSCAA Poll released Nov. 1 and sit fourth in the Oct. 26 NCAA South Central Regional Rankings.

Regrutto began his Pack career in 2013, finishing with a 7-10-0 record in his inaugural season.

In 2014 Regrutto led CSU-Pueblo to its first postseason berth since 2008, earning the six-seed of the RMAC Tournament. The ThunderWolves finished the year with a 7-9-2 record, falling 2-0 at Regis in a quarterfinal match in Denver.

Last season he guided the ThunderWolves to a 8-7-3 showing and a seventh-place finish in the RMAC.

Regrutto is a 2001 graduate of CSU-Pueblo and played three seasons for current men's head coach Roy Stanley. He tallied two goals and an assist in forty-five games played.

Regrutto and his wife Kristin welcomed their first child, a girl, in August.  

The No. 23 ThunderWolves entertain the Skyhawks of Fort Lewis at the pitch Wednesday in a rematch with the Skyhawks. FLC scored a 3-2 double overtime win Sept. 16 in Durango.

Kickoff Wednesday against FLC is set for 7 p.m. at the Art & Lorraine Gonzales Soccer Stadium.

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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.