May 24, 2013
By Craig Buchanan
Athletic Media Relations
FORT COLLINS, Colo. - Ready to embark on its first season in program history, the Colorado State women's soccer team is not backing away from some of the premier programs in the sport.
The 2013 slate will begin with a weekend trip to Lubbock, Texas, where the Rams will open up the season against Lubbock Christian on Friday, Aug. 23, before taking on Big 12 powerhouse, Texas Tech, on the 25th. The Red Raiders finished last season ranked in the top 25, and will feature a matchup between sisters Jenelle and Janine Beckie.
Colorado State will play its first ever home game on Friday, Sept. 6 at Fort Collins Soccer Club, when it takes on Grand Canyon University, its only non-conference home game of the season. From there, the Rams will finish off its non-conference slate with three road matches against Northern Arizona, North Dakota State and Southern Illinois.
CSU will open up its conference slate on Friday, Sept. 27 against in-state foe Air Force, and then will play host to Wyoming on Sept. 29.
From there, the Rams will go on the road and take on defending-champion San Diego State on Oct. 4, who finished seventh in the nation last year. CSU will then return home to take on New Mexico on Oct. 6. The Lobos finished second in the Mountain West last year, and again have aspirations of competing for a Mountain West title this year.
The Rams will also play host to Utah State (Oct. 18) and Boise State (Oct. 20) in the conference slate, before closing out the year with three road matches. Colorado State will conclude the season on the road at Northern Colorado on Friday, Nov. 1.
In total, the Rams will play 18 matches in their inaugural season, including six at home.
Hot on the trail and recruiting some of the finest players in the area to play for Colorado State, Head Coach Bill Hempen has already secured 11 commitments from players, with more expected in the coming weeks.
The Rams will feature a team of both older players and incoming freshman in hopes of competing right away in their first season.
Fort Collins High School standout Megan Speed is transferring to play at Colorado State after playing the 2011 campaign for Northern Colorado, while fellow defender Jessica Stauffer is transferring to the Rams from Wright State University where she helped lead the team to a Horizon League Conference Championship runner-up finish.
Colorado State also received commitments from Jenelle Beckie, a sophomore who played her high school soccer at Valor Christian where she was named to second-team all-state and helped lead her team to three conference championships and a state championship in her time there, as well as incoming freshman Carly Seib. Seib is a graduate from Grandview High School and was named team MVP her senior season after scoring nine goals and helping anchor the defense.
Rounding out the rest of the roster so far for CSU are Whitney Morin, Cassie O'Connell, Cassy Penn, Ellie Petrik, Maggie Sherman and Kaitlyn Storm.