Match Notes: CSU to play inagural home match

Sasha Pchenitchnikova has one goal this season.

Sasha Pchenitchnikova has one goal this season.

Sep 4, 2013

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After three road matches in Texas to begin the season, Colorado State (1-2-0, 0-0 MW) returns home to take on the Grand Canyon Lopes in its first home match in school history. The Rams are scheduled to kick off on Friday in Fort Collins, Colo. at the Fort Collins Soccer Complex. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.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 Grand Canyon                          

  • Grand Canyon comes into the match at 0-3, and is just coming off a 2-0 loss at IUPUI.
  • The Lopes are yet to score a goal through their first three matches this year, but average eight shots a game.
  • Grand Canyon has played all three matches on the road so far, and won't play at home until Sept. 27..
  • The Lopes lost just three seniors from last year's team that finished 9-7-2.

Star matchup    
Much of the focus on Friday evening's contest will be on whether CSU's attack can break through GCU's tough defense. The Lopes have allowed just two goals a game, and Catherine Lena has registered nine saves so far this season.

In charge of getting things going for the Rams' attack are Sasha Pchenitchnikova and Erika Bratschun. Bratschun ranks seventh in the Mountain West, averaging 2.67 shots per game, while both Bratschun and Pchenitchnikova are both seventh in the conference in goals.

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 278-190-44. He currently ranks No. 19 among Division I active coaches in all-time wins.
  • Improve CSU to 2-2-0 in its first season ever.

 

 

Last time out                    

The Colorado State women's soccer program continued its road stretch to begin the season with a contest at SMU.

The Mustangs jumped on the Rams early in the match, scoring in the second and eighth minutes to give the team a comfortable 2-0 lead.

In the 33rd minute, SMU tacked on another goal to give it a 3-0 lead heading into intermission.

Making a couple of tactical changes in the second half, the Rams played a much more competitive half of soccer, but a goal in the 82nd minute sealed the victory for the Mustangs, as SMU went on to win 4-0.

Early Season Rankings  
BennettRank released its early season rankings through week two of the regular season. The rankings account for 329 Division I programs, and the Rams rank 149th in their inagural season. Grand Canyon University comes in at 174th in the rankings.

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.

Up Next
Colorado State will travel to Flagstaff, Ariz. to take on Northern Arizona on Sunday, Sept. 15. Kickoff is slated for 2 p.m. MT.

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