Oct. 6, 2013
By Craig Buchanan
Athletic Media Relations
FORT COLLINS, Colo. - Finishing off its toughest week of the season thus far, the Colorado State Rams (1-8-2, 0-4-0 MW) fell to the New Mexico Lobos (5-7-1, 3-0-0 MW) at home in front of 375 fans.
"Today, I felt like we were holding our own," Head Coach Bill Hempen said. "They capitalized on their two really good chances in the first half, and on their one really good chance in the second half."
New Mexico sophomore midfielder Lindsey Guice, a Fort Collins native, was responsible for all three goals for the Lobos.
In the 18th minute Guice received a long through ball from senior midfielder Elba Holguin. Upon receiving the pass, Guice promptly placed the ball into the corner of the net to give New Mexico a 1-0 lead.
Just seven minutes later in the 25th minute, Guice again finished off a scoring chance, this time assisted from sophomore Dylann O'Connor to put the team up 2-0.
In the first half, the Lobos outshot the Rams 7-0 and also had the lone corner kick, but in the second half Colorado State rebounded to play a more competitive half.
The Rams made a couple of lineup changes moving junior defender Jami Vaughn up to forward and junior defender Catherine Ruder in to the midfield. Hempen hoped the move would provide some more energy up top for the Rams.
As the two teams battled in the midfield to control possession and the match, Guice capitalized on her third scoring chance when she found herself on a breakaway against junior goalkeeper Maggie Sherman. The goal in the 69th minute gave Guice her hat trick and secured the victory for the Lobos.
In the second half, the Rams created more scoring chances having one shot on goal and three corner kicks. As CSU walked away with a 3-0 loss, Hempen walked away pleased with what he saw from his team this week.
"They play with a lot of heart," Hempen said. "As a coach I am rooting for them to succeed, because often times they are more talented than they are showing. If we look at film from our first game to here, we are lightyears ahead of where we were at day one."
The Rams will travel to Nevada next week where it will take on Nevada on Oct. 11 at 8 p.m. MT and UNLV on Oct. 13 at 2 p.m. MT.