Aug 28, 2013
Colorado State (1-1-0, 0-0 MW) returns to Texas, where it played just last week, for a contest against Southern Methodist University (1-1-0, 0-0 AAC). The Rams are scheduled to kick off on Friday in Dallas, Texas, at SMU's home field, Westcott Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 11 a.m. MT.
Ready to continue 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 Rams have brought in five transfer students, including two Fort Collins locals, Megan Speed and Jami Vaughn, with NCAA Division-I experience.
Scouting Report on Southern Methodist
- SMU comes into the match at 1-1-0 and is just coming off of a 3-2 loss at Arkansas.
- The Mustangs boast a powerful offense that has averaged four goals a game through their first two contests of the year.
- SMU is 1-0 at home this year, defeating Louisianna-Monroe 6-1, and is unbeaten in its last eight matches at home dating back to last year.
- The Mustangs return eight starters from last year's team that finished 9-8-4.
A heavy focus in Friday night's contest will be how Colorado State's defense fares against SMU's junior forward Shelby Redman. Redman led the Mustangs with nine goals and also tallied seven assists last year as a sohomore. During her junior campaign, Redman is off to a blistering start having scored three goals in the first two games.
In charge of slowing down SMU's star attacking player, will be a pair of valuable center backs for the Rams, Megan Speed and Jami Vaughn. Speed and Vaughn are co-captains for the Rams and are the only two players who have played all 180 minutes through the first two games.
A win will...
- Give Colorado State its first-ever program victory over a division-I opponent.
- Improve Head Coach Bill Hempen's career record to 278-189-44. He currently ranks No. 19 among Division I active coaches in all-time wins.
- Give CSU a winning record for the season.
Last time out
The Colorado State women's soccer program played its first competition against a nationally ranked team, and got its first taste of the quality of soccer the team is striving for.
The Rams contained Texas Tech in the early going, but after constant pressure, the Red Raiders were finally able to break through the Rams' stingy defense and score in the 20th minute.
Five minutes later, the Red Raiders were able to tack on another goal and took a 2-0 lead into halftime.
The Rams were not able to regroup coming out of the half, with Texas Tech showing off its selfless style and scoring another four goals in the second half, en route to a 6-0 victory over Colorado State.
What may have looked like a simple goal to an outsider, was anything but for the Rams when freshman midfielder Carly Seib found the back of the net in the sixth minute against Lubbock Christian. The goal, marked the first goal in program history for Colorado State.
To celebrate the momentous occasion, Colorado State kept the game ball that was scored and brought it back with them to Fort Collins.
Fort Collins Soccer Complex - Home of the Rams
Located northeast of the Colorado State campus, FCSC serves as the Home of Rams Soccer. CSU's pitch is at the far northeast corner of the complex.
Directions: Take I-25 north to Exit 271, Mountain Vista. Turn west (left) on Mountain Vista and then north (right) on the frontage road. Continue 1.5 miles on the frontage road, crossing Richards Lake Rd. Address: 3955 NW Frontage Rd.
Video and Audio Streaming
The Rams will have two home contests streamed on CSURams.com/digitalnetwork this season. Fans can watch home games on their computer for free. Specific dates will be announced later in early September.
Select road games will also have live streaming:
Southern Methodist: http://www.smumustangs.com/allaccess/?media=40011
Colorado State returns home for its inaugural home-opener against Grand Canyon University on Sept. 6. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. MT.
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