PUEBLO, Colo. (August 15, 2018) - Colorado State University-Pueblo women's soccer seniors Mackenzie Bean (Sr., Bothell, Wash.) and Alexa Eastep (So., Henderson, Nev.) were selected Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Preseason Player and Goalkeeper of the Year, respectively, announced Wednesday by the league.
As a team the ThunderWolves were picked to finish sixth in the standings.
Bean was named RMAC Offensive Player of the Year in 2017. In her first year with the Pack, Bean posted 30 total points, scoring 14 goals and two assists. She fired 31 shots on goal and was a perfect 1-for-1 in penalty kicks.
Bean was named First Team D2CCA All-South Central Region and was recognized by United Soccer Coaches, being named to All-South Central Region Second Team. She twice was named RMAC Offensive Player of the Week. Bean earned RMAC All-Tournament Team recognition after guiding the Pack, for a second straight season, to the RMAC Tournament Final.
Eastep put herself on the radar around the league midway through last season coming in following an injury. In nine games played Eastep made 48 saves and allowed five goals, good for a save percentage of 90.6%.
Eastep recorded five shutouts and had a goal-against average of 0.57. Her claim to fame came during the RMAC Tournament semifinals, Eastep made eight saves on 22 shots propelling the Pack in to the finals.
UCCS was picked to finish in first place and picked up eleven first-place votes and 163 total points.
Colorado School of Mines was tabbed second, earning two first-place and 153 total points, while Regis finished close behind with 152 points and one first-place vote.
The fourth and fifth spot went to MSU Denver and newly added to the RMAC, Dixie State, then the Pack.
The order in the poll for the final teams are: Colorado Mesa, Westminster, Fort Lewis, Western, Colorado Christian, New Mexico Highlands, Adams State and Black Hills State.
UCCS' Savannah Boarman was chosen Defensive Preseason Player of the Year.
CSU-Pueblo begins the regular season on the road with two games scheduled in the Lone Star State. On Sept. 1 the Pack open at West Texas A&M before finishing the weekend Sept. 3 at Lubbock Christian. The Pack's home opener is the following week, Sept. 7 against Midwestern State, kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. at Art & Lorraine Gonzales 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.