Pair of goals guides Pack over West Texas in season opener

Pair of goals guides Pack over West Texas in season opener

CANYON, Tex. (September 1, 2018) - Colorado State University-Pueblo women's soccer picked up its first win of the year in the season debut Saturday, scoring a 2-0 victory at West Texas A&M.

Seniors Michelle Moure (Peyton, Colo.) and Laikyn Koss (Riverside, Calif.) provided the goals less than 90 seconds apart in the 81st minute.

The game was delayed just over an hour due to lightning in the area.

In the first half CSU-Pueblo fired its first and only shot of the period in the 16th minute off the foot of Cara Siegel (So., Pueblo, Colo.). The ThunderWolves play at midfield was key in keeping possession and added pressure on the Lady Buffs front line kept the game scoreless heading into halftime.

At intermission WT held a 4-1 shot advantage.

The ThunderWolves first scoring opportunity came in the 69th minute when Callie Larson (Sr., Ogden, UT) created space from her defender and launched a shot directly at the WT goalkeeper.

On the other side of the pitch, Pack goalkeeper Rylie Martin (Jr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) was stellar and did her part in securing the shutout.

Martin faced thirteen shots in the game and made six saves. She batted away a big shot in the 73rd minute setting up one of three corner kicks earned by West Texas.

The Pack broke the scoreless affair with less than ten minutes left in regulation when in the 81st minute Moure was at the right place at the right time when she took a rebounded shot inside the penalty box and beat a diving goalkeeper to take a 1-0 lead.

Seventy-six seconds later CSU-Pueblo again gained control of the ball and forward Mackenzie Bean (Sr., Bothell, Wash.) dribbled the ball down the left side of the field and found a trailing Koss who took a shot from 25 yards away and landed the ball in to the top third of the net to extend the lead.

The Lady Buffs had little in the tank at that point and managed one shot in the waning minutes.

In the game WT outshot the Pack 13-6 but the Pack comes away with a big win on the road to start the year.

CSU-Pueblo (1-0-0) stays in Texas and plays Monday at Lubbock Christian. Kickoff is set for 12 p.m. MT.

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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