Sept. 18, 2013
Coming off their best result against a Division I program with a tie at Northern Arizona, the Colorado State Rams continue its play on the road with a trip to Fargo, N.D. Colorado State will play in the Doublewood Inn Classic and will take on the North Dakota State Bison and the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Cougars.
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 North Dakota State
- North Dakota State comes into the match at 3-5, including a 2-1 record at home.
- The Bison are looking to end their current two-game losing streak.
- North Dakota State is the host school for the Doublewood Inn Classic.
- This season, the Bison have scored 12 goals while they have given up 19 goals.
Scouting Report on Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
- The Cougars come into the match boasting a 5-1-1 record, and are yet to play a neutral match.
- SIUE is unbeaten in its last six matches.
- Through seven matches, the Cougars rank No. 14 in the nation allowing just .415 goals per match.
- So far this year, SIUE has posted four shutouts.
NDSU: The Bison are paced by standout freshman Lauren Miller. Playing in the midfield, Miller leads her team with four goals as well as three assists.
SIUE: Like North Dakota Sate, the Cougars are also led by a standout freshman. In just seven matches, forward Kayla Delgado has registered five of her team's 10 goals.
A pair of wins will...
- Give Colorado State its first-ever program victories over a division-I opponent.
- Improve Head Coach Bill Hempen's career record to 279-190-45. He currently ranks No. 19 among Division I active coaches in all-time wins.
- Get CSU back to a non-losing record at 3-3-1.
Last time out
Playing on the road against undefeated Northern Arizona, the Rams played their most complete match against a Division I opponent to date.
Colorado State started off strong, scoring in the 19th minute when freshman Amy Eckert finished off the play after being set up by junior Erika Bratschun.
The goal gave the Rams their first ever lead against a Division I program and was also the first goal the program had scored against a Division I opponent.
The Lumberjacks came storming back however, scoring the equalizer in the 82nd minute.
The two teams went on to play a couple of overtime periods, but neither team could add another goal as the two teams walked away with a 1-1 tie.
Early Season Rankings
BennettRank released its early season rankings through week four of the regular season. The rankings account for 329 Division I programs, and the Rams rank 166th in their inagural season. North Dakota State comes into the match ranking 294th while SIUE is in at 234th.
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 matches against North Dakota State and SIUE will be streamed online in a pay-per-view webcast, while live stats will be available online for free.
Pay-per-view webcast is available at www.GoBison/showcase
Colorado State will return home to open up its conference season with a couple of matches against rival schools. The Rams will take on inra-state rival Air Force on Friday, Sept. 27 at 4 p.m. MT and then will take on Wyoming in the first ever women's soccer Border War on Sunday, Sept. 29 at 1 p.m. MT.