GOLDEN, Colo. (November 4, 2016) – The No. 23 Colorado State University-Pueblo women's soccer team won a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Tournament semifinal match for the third time in program history Friday, beating Regis University 3-2 advancing to Sunday's championship match.
With the win, the Pack earns the right to play against tournament host Colorado School of Mines in the finals Sunday at noon at Stermole Stadium on the campus of CSM.
The Orediggers advanced in their semifinal match, 1-0 over MSU Denver.
In the first half the ThunderWolves used a strong attack to begin the match, attacking the Rangers and shooting two quick shots at the net in the first three minutes of play.
Laikyn Koss (Sr., Riverside, Calif.) scored her team leading tenth goal of the year in the 9th minute, taking a free kick from thirty-five yards away, hitting the crossbar and bouncing inside the net.
The Pack defense played a solid first half fending off Regis attack that saw nine shots by the Rangers in the period to the Pack's four.
Koss led the ThunderWolves with two shots at intermission.
Both teams attempted one corner kick in the half.
In the second half Regis got on the board eight minutes into the period, tying the match at 1-1.
The Pack offense responded moments later after Sandra Grimaldo (Sr., Mammoth Lakes, Calif.) fed a pass inside the box setting up Kylee Sakaguchi (So., Apple Valley, Calif.) to head in her first score of the season in the 57th minute.
CSU-Pueblo found possession again in the 64th minute when Koss again fired a shot from outside the top of the 18-yard box striking the back of the net adding to the Pack lead.
The smothering Pack defense again showed its prowess holding the RU offense at bay despite an aggressive Rangers attack.
Regis pressured the ThunderWolves in the last ten minutes scattering several shots at the net and converting in the 84th minute cutting into the Pack lead.
Pack goalkeeper Alison Darr (Sr., Placerville, Calif.) made eight saves on 22 shots by Regis.
CSU-Pueblo (14-3-1) is set up with a rematch against Colorado School of Mines Sunday at noon at Stermole 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.