PUEBLO, Colo. (September 2, 2017) - Colorado State University-Pueblo women's soccer opened its season Saturday with a 2-0 victory over Lubbock Christian University behind two first half goals by Mackenzie Bean (Jr., Bothell, Wash.) in a nonconference match at Art & Lorraine Gonzales Stadium. With the win, Pack head coach Sierra Cardenas earned her first victory at the helm.
The ThunderWolves' victory extends their win streak at home to eleven games dating back to last season.
CSU-Pueblo started the game fast and applied pressure against the LCU defense despite scorching temperatures at the pitch.
Bean fired the first shot of the game high above the post in the third minute. The Pack kept possession deep in Chaparrals territory creating four corner kicks in the first half.
The 5-foot-4 junior netted her first score of the season in the 34th minute after a breakaway in ThunderWolves half of the field allowed her to dribble across midfield and firing a shot thirty-five yards away from goal and give the Pack a 1-0 lead.
The ThunderWolves added to the score ten minutes later as they found themselves inside the box and a scramble with the ball was controlled by Danelle Dondelinger (Sr., Mid., Louisville, Colo.) who toed the ball to the top of the box to a waiting Bean who hit a one-timer past the reach of the goalkeeper for a 2-0 Pack lead.
CSU-Pueblo went into halftime holding a 5-3 shot advantage and did not allow a corner kick to LCU.
Pack goalkeeper Rylie Martin (So., Colorado Springs, Colo.) picked up the win at the net, making two saves on six shots from LCU. Martin was also credited with an assist in the first goal scored.
CSU-Pueblo (1-0) hits the road next week and continues nonconference play Sept. 8 at Midwestern State and Sept. 10 at Texas Woman's University. The Pack return home Sept. 13 for a rare midweek afternoon matchup against defending D-II champion Western Washington.
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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.