Oct. 25, 2013
By Craig Buchanan
Athletic Media Relations
FRESNO, Calif. -- In yet another highly contested game in which a few key plays decided the outcome, the Colorado State Rams fell to 2-12-2 on the season and 1-8-0 in Mountain West play after losing at Fresno State, 3-0.
The Bulldogs got goals from Morgan Castain and Alyssa Holsworth in the 41st and 44th minutes, respectively, and added another, from Castain again, in the 81st minute to seal the 3-0 victory.
From the opening whistle, Colorado State looked to dictate the tempo against Fresno State (9-7-2, 6-2-1) which now is tied for second place with New Mexico in the Mountain West with 19 points.
In the opening minutes, the Rams took it right to Fresno State on its home turf, and had a dangerous opportunity in the fourth minute as Sasha Pchenitchnikova blasted a shot just over the bar from 20-yards out.
In the 41st minute of the match, an unlucky bounce changed the tide of the match. A deep throw in to the box bounced in between Colorado State and Fresno State players battling for position. In the midst of the scrum, the ball bounced up and hit a CSU defender’s hand and resulted in a penalty kick which Castain, the conference’s leading goal scorer, put away.
Just three minutes later, Fresno State capitalized on the momentum and scored a second goal, this time from Holsworth, to take a 2-0 lead into the intermission.
Despite allowing the two goals late in the half, the Rams came out for the second half with a lot of passion and continued to put pressure on Fresno State. CSU just couldn’t find a way to get the ball in the net as it continued to trail by two goals for the majority of the half.
In the 81st minute, Castain scored her second goal of the match, and 12th of the season, as the Bulldogs caught the Rams’ defense out of position. The goal secured the 3-0 victory for Fresno State who outshot Colorado State 14-9.
The Rams will stay in California and will travel to San Jose to take on the Spartans on Sunday to conclude their Mountain West season. The match is slated to begin at 3:30 p.m. MT and will be streamed on the Mountain West Network.