Oct. 18, 2013
By Craig Buchanan
Athletic Media Relations
FORT COLLINS, Colo. - Playing on its practice field on campus due to snow closing down the Fort Collins Soccer Complex, the Colorado State Rams (2-10-2, 1-6-0) lost to the visiting Utah State Aggies (8-5-2, 4-2-0 MW) 3-0.
Looking to defend more to neutralize Utah State’s tendency to counter-attack, Head Coach Bill Hempen once again changed up his starting lineup. Junior defenders Jami Vaughn and Catherine Ruder returned to the back line instead of playing at forward and midfield as they had done in the previous matches.
“Utah State was very good at counter-attacking, and they had a lot of pace,” Hempen said of returning to his original starting defenders. “We just had to make sure that we could match them pace-wise.”
Throughout much of the match, both the Rams and Aggies looked to be equal competitors with much of the play being dictated in the midfield.
Colorado State had its best attack and scoring opportunities early on in the match. Its best opportunity came in the 14th minute when Ruder pushed forward and took a shot from 20 yards out that hit off the crossbar and bounced out-of-bounds.
Utah State found the spark it needed midway through the first half from its reserves though. Moments after being subbed in, freshman forward Jessica Brooksby capitalized on a ball sent in from Jessica Hoskin-Killpack and placed the ball past junior goalkeeper Maggie Sherman in the 24th minute.
In the 40th minute, the Aggies once again got a key play from a reserve when sophomore midfielder Maris Hamblin drifted a ball over the top of Sherman and into the corner of the net from the edge of the box to give Utah State a 2-0 lead. While only out-shooting the Rams 4-3 in the first half, the Aggies would take the 2-0 lead into the intermission.
In the second half, Utah State converted on its only shot on goal in the 70th minute when Jayne Robison hit a well-placed shot past freshman goalkeeper Elena Eidson, who entered in the second half for the Rams, and gave the Aggies a 3-0 lead.
For the match, Utah State only had four shots on goal, but it converted on three of them.
“It’s mental lapses,” Hempen said. “The teams we are playing have just enough players to punish us for our mental lapses.”
Colorado State returns to the field on Sunday to play its last home match of its inaugural season. The Rams will host Boise State which enters the match with an 8-5-2 record and 3-2-0 record in Mountain West play. The match is slated to begin at 1 p.m. MT.
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