PUEBLO, Colo. (November 2, 2016) – The No. 23 Colorado State University-Pueblo women's soccer team won its first postseason game Wednesday defeating Fort Lewis College 4-1 in front of a packed house at the Art & Lorraine Gonzales Soccer Stadium.
With the win the two-seed ThunderWolves advance to the semifinals round of the RMAC Tournament and will face three-seed Regis Rangers Friday in Golden, Colo. at the site of top seed Colorado School of Mines. In other quarterfinal matches, top seed Orediggers beat 8-seed Western State, five-seed MSU Denver over 4-seed Colorado Mesa and the Rangers of Regis University beat 6-seed Colorado Christian.
Playing in its first postseason game in two seasons, the ThunderWolves offense went on the attack from the start. They managed two quick shots and controlled possession in FLC's half of the field setting up Laikyn Koss (Sr., Riverside, Calif.) to score the game's first goal in the 9th minute receiving a pass from Sandra Grimaldo (Sr., Mammoth Lakes, Calif.) and striking her eighth goal of the year and a 1-0 Pack lead.
CSU-Pueblo's back defensive line maintained possession passing the ball between the Skyhawk forwards.
The Pack earned two corner kicks in the half, the second resulting in the second score for the Pack. Karley Whiteman (So., Alta Loma, Calif.) took the corner with :30 seconds showing on the game clock and volleyed the ball to the top of the six-yard score box allowing Kacie Licata (Sr., Upland, Calif.) to nudge in her third score of the season giving the Pack a 2-0 lead at halftime.
CSU-Pueblo led 2-1 in corners and 5-3 in shot attempts.
In the second half Fort Lewis got on the board less than three minutes into the period before the Pack settled down.
The ThunderWolves attacked the net over the next ten minutes, shooting three attempts in that span. Following a FLC foul, Koss took the free kick from 40 yards out, hitting the back of the net for her second score of the game and a Pack 3-1 lead.
After a lineup change and new energy at the forward position, CSU-Pueblo's Hannah Andresen (Fr., Arvada, Colo.) took a pass from Brianna Garcia (R-So., Rio Rancho, NM) in the 65th minute, scoring her second goal of the year padding the Pack's lead 4-1.
The ThunderWolves played keep away the final twenty minutes to come away with the win.
Pack goalkeeper Alison Darr (Sr., Placerville, Calif.) made four saves on nine Skyhawk shots.
CSU-Pueblo (13-3-1) returns to action Friday in the semifinal round against Regis. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. at Stermole Soccer Stadium in Golden, Colo.
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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.