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Soccer recap: Rams battle but fall short to North Dakota State

Megan Speed has played every minute this season for the Rams.

Megan Speed has played every minute this season for the Rams.

Sept. 20, 2013

Final Stats

By Craig Buchanan
Athletic Media Relations

FARGO, N.D. - The Colorado State Rams women’s soccer program (1-4-1) continues to show great strides this season, but once again fell short in their match against North Dakota State, losing 1-0 to the Bison in Fargo, N.D.

For much of the first half, the two teams appeared to be incredibly even-matched teams. While both teams attempted the same number of shots in the first half, the Rams placed more on net.

In the 43rd minute, things changed when junior defender Tristyn Walczak put away her first goal of the season. Walczak received a cross from standout freshman Lauren Miller and headed the ball passed junior goalkeeper Maggie Sherman.

“It was an evenly matched game, but we gave up another set piece goal and that’s hard to swallow,” Head Coach Bill Hempen said. “We aren’t giving up goals in the run of play, but on set pieces and that’s bothersome. .

The second half of play resembled that of the first half as both teams looked like equal opponents. Unfortunately for Colorado State, being an equal opponent in the second half was not good enough as the team was not able to find a way to score the equalizer.

In the match, CSU took nine shots, in total including five on goal, while North Dakota State got off 11 shots and four on goal. The Bison found their biggest separation from the Rams in earning seven corner kicks while the Rams only had one.

Colorado State had seven separate players play all 90 minutes, including defenders and co-captains Megan Speed and Jami Vaughn. Through six matches, Speed and Vaughn are the only two players for the Rams to play every single possible minute this season.

“The kids are doing great,” Hempen said. They played very hard tonight and we are getting better.”

The Rams will look to rebound in the Doublewood Inn Classic on Sunday, Sept. 20 when they take on Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. The Cougars defeated Eastern Washington 2-1 earlier on Friday night and boast a 6-1-1 record heading into Sunday. The match is slated to begin at 10 p.m. MT.




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