Senior leadership carries Pack to first conference win over Cougars

Senior leadership carries Pack to first conference win over Cougars

PUEBLO, Colo. (September 23, 2018) - The Colorado State University-Pueblo women's soccer team snapped a three-game skid in a big way Sunday, defeating Colorado Christian University 4-3 on a sweltering day at Gonzales Stadium.

Four different players scored goals on the day for the ThunderWolves and three came in the second half. Seniors Mackenzie Bean (Bothell, Wash.) and Laikyn Koss (Riverside, Calif.) put their names all over the box score as they both recorded goals and each assisted on two other goals in the game.

Kylee Sakaguchi (Sr., Apple Valley, Calif.) finished with two assists on the day and played full minutes in controlling the midfield.

Playing scoreless for the first part of the first half, CCU scored the first goal of the game in the 27th minute and was quickly countered by a goal from Bean, her third of the year. Sierra Perez (So., Arvada, Colo.) passed in the ball at the right time for Bean to strike a one-timer into the net.

At intermission and the score even at 1-1, the Pack had outshot the Cougars 9-7 and CCU earned one corner kick.

At the 54th minute mark, CSU-Pueblo extended its lead on a goal by Karley Whiteman (Sr., Alta Loma, Calif.) who received a pass from Sakaguchi to get her fourth goal this season.

CCU hit the equalizer after a misplayed ball by the defense and provided a good look at the goal and Sophie Kern hit a ball that went right below the crossbar.

Minutes later the swift play and passes by the Pack in Cougars territory set up the go-ahead goal. Bean dribbled past midfield and hit the ball ahead inside the 18-yard box to Koss who then toed the ball into the six-yard area and Michelle Moure (Sr., Peyton, Colo.) scored goal number two on the season to put the Pack on top.

The ThunderWolves earned another two-goal lead for the second time in the game when Koss was fed a pass by Sakaguchi into a crowded six-yard box allowing Koss to head the ball in past the goalkeeper.

CCU's Amanda Lewis scored for the second time in the game in the 80th minute to get CCU within one, 4-3.

Pack goalkeeper Rylie Martin (Jr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) allowed three goals and made four saves on 13 shots by the visitors.

CSU-Pueblo (4-3-1, 1-3-0 RMAC) begins a three-game road trip with one game next Sunday, Sept. 30 at New Mexico Highlands University. The following week the ThunderWolves will play at Black Hills State and at Regis before returning home Oct. 12 and hosts Western Colorado University and hold its annual RESPECT Game 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.