ThunderWolves mangle Cowgirls

ThunderWolves mangle Cowgirls

LAS VEGAS, NM (September 30, 2018) - The Colorado State University-Pueblo women's soccer team was dominant on both sides of the ball in a convincing 4-0 win Sunday over New Mexico Highlands University. The Pack allowed just seven shots, second lowest mark this season by the opposition.

CSU-Pueblo's Laikyn Koss (Sr., Riverside, Calif.) and Mackenzie Bean (Sr., Bothell, Wash.) scored two goals each in the solid team effort.

The Pack started the match fast and one-step ahead of Highlands. The ThunderWolves took two shots in the first four minutes of the game before the third attempt found the back of the net for Laikyn Koss (Sr., Riverside, Calif.) in the 6th minute.

The smothering Pack defense did not allow NMHU its first shot until 11:52 had expired in the period. 

ThunderWolves goalkeeper Rylie Martin (Jr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) made two saves on two shots on goal in the first half.

At intermission CSU-Pueblo led 6-5 in shots and had taken 2-1 corner kick lead.

In the second half the Pack took a 2-nil lead in the 57' when Martin earned her first assist when she booted the ball from in front of her net, past midfield ahead to Bean who dribbled and beat the Cowgirls goalkeeper 1v1.

Less than five minutes passed when the ThunderWolves next shot by Koss from inside the box found the back of the net and put the Pack up 3-0. Justine Martinez (Jr., Pueblo, Colo.) earned an assist on the play.

Koss now has four goals on the year.

The game was virtually put away in the 73' on a steal by the Pack's Madison Jepperson (So., Cottonwood Heights, UT) who then passed ahead to Bean who had the first step on the backline and she fired a shot for her second goal of the game.

Bean leads the team in goals with five.

At the goalkeeper spot, Martin recorded just under seventy minutes at the net and made three saves. Alexa Eastep (So., Henderson, Nev.) made her second appearance of the year and finished the game for the Pack. Eastep was on her feet and faced zero shots by NMHU.

As a team, the Pack has scored eight goals in the last two games.

CSU-Pueblo (5-3-1, 2-3-0 RMAC) will look to continue its streak on the road next week at Black Hills State (Oct. 5) and at Regis (Oct. 7).

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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.