Match notes: Rams face tough road test in Northern Arizona

Sasha Pchenitchnikova

Sasha Pchenitchnikova

Sept. 13, 2013

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Sitting on a three-game losing streak, the Colorado State Rams (1-3, 0-0 MW) are looking to find some momentum on the road this week. The Rams travel to Flagstaff, Ariz. to take on the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks (3-0-2, 0-0 Big Sky) on Sept. 15. 

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 Northern Arizona   

  • Northern Arizona comes into the match undefeated at 3-0-2, having tied its most recent match against UNLV, 0-0.
  • The Lumberjacks have posted three shutouts this season and have allowed just three goals on the year.
  • Colorado State is game two of a five game home-stand for Northern Arizona.
  • This season, the Lumberjacks have dominated the second half of their games, outscoring their opponents 6-2 in the second half alone. NAU has been outscored 1-0 in the first half.

Star matchup 
Much of the focus on Sunday afternoon's contest will be on whether CSU's attack can find the back of the net against Northern Arizona. Lumberjack goalie, Lauren Weaver, has allowed just three goals all year and has notched three shutouts already. Through five matches, Weaver has posted 21 saves and has a save percentage of .875.

The Rams have been mixing things up in recent games, and will look to do the same against Northern Arizona to create goal-scoring opportunities. Erika Bratschun and Sasha Pchenitchnikova have primarily been responsible for creating opportunities up top, but in the last match, Coach Bill Hempen experimented with defender Catherine Ruder playing forward and found success.


 

 

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 278-191-44. He currently ranks No. 19 among Division I active coaches in all-time wins. Improve CSU to 2-3-0 in its first season ever.

Last time out  
After three games on the road to begin the season, the Rams returned home for its inaugural home opener but came up short, losing to Grand Canyon University 1-0.

The two teams played two a scoreless tie at halftime, with the Rams controlling much of the play and creating the most goal-scoring opportunities.

In the 50th minute, the Lumberjacks broke the tie with a goal from Cassie Beckwith.

The Rams mounted serious pressure over the final 10 minutes, registering three shots and four corner kicks over that time, but could not find the back of the net to tie the game up.

Early Season Rankings 
BennettRank released its early season rankings through week three of the regular season. The rankings account for 329 Division I programs, and the Rams rank 165th in their inagural season. Grand Canyon University comes in at 217th 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    
Colorado State's match against Northern Arizona will be streamed for free online and will also be broadcast on TV for those with the channel. The game will be televised on Fox Sports Arizona (Ch. 446 Dish, Ch. 695 DTV).

Free online web-streaming will be available at www.NAU-TV.com

Up Next 
Colorado State will continue its play on the road, traveling to Fargo, N.D. for the Doublewood Inn Classic. The Rams will take on North Dakota State at 6 p.m. MT on Sept. 20, and will play Southern Illinois University Edwardsville at 10 a.m. MT on Sept. 22.

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