Oct. 2, 2013
Rams Clash with Mountain West Preseason Favorites
The Colorado State Rams have played numerous competitive matches this year, but haven't found the results they have been looking for yet. CSU opened up its conference season with a pair of home losses against Air Force and Wyoming. The Rams now will take on preseason favorite San Diego State in San Diego before returning home to take on New Mexico, who was selected to finish second in the conference.
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.
Going the Distance
Through nine matches this season, junior defenders Megan Speed and Jami Vaughn have played every single possible minute this season. The juniors are two of just seven players (not including goalies) in the Mountain West Conference to have accomplished this feat. Colorado State is one of just two teams, joining Air Force, that has two players fit this criteria.
Scouting Report on San Diego State
- Chosen by coaches to win the Mountain West conferenece and was ranked No. 7 nationally in the preseason poll.
- The Aztecs are 4-5-2 this year after facing a tough non-conference schedule including two top-15 programs.
- San Diego State is 2-0-0 in the MW and 4-1-1 while playing at home.
In 12 matches, the Aztecs have scored 12 goals and conceded 15.
Scouting Report on New Mexico
- The Lobos were chosen by the coaches to finish second in the Mountain West conference this year after a runner-up finish last year.
- New Mexico is 4-7-1 this year, with three of its losses coming against nationally ranked teams.
- The Lobos are 1-2-0 while playing on the road this year, and 2-0-0 in conference play.
- This year, seven different players have scored a goal for New Mexico.
San Diego State: A Mountain West Player of the Year candidate heading into the season, junior Hannah Keane has been impressive this year. Keane leads the Mountain West in shots, shots per game, points, points per game, goals and goals per game. This season, Keane has found the back of the net seven times and has 16 points.
New Mexico: Leading the way for New Mexico's attack is sophomore midfielder Dylann O'Conner. O'Conner is the only player for the Lobos to score multiple goals this year with three. She also leads the team with 23 shots, while the next most on the team is 12 shots.
A Pair of Wins Will...
- Give Colorado State its first-ever program victories over a division-I opponent.
- Give the Rams their first wins ever in Mountain West play.
- Improve Head Coach Bill Hempen's career record to 279-193-46. He currently ranks No. 19 among Division I active coaches in all-time wins.
Last week the Rams announced the addition of freshman midfielder Kasey Dietrich. Dietrich is a local product of Fort Collins, Colo. and joins Megan Speed and Jami Vaughn as the third Fort Collins native to play for her hometown team.
Last Time Out
Playing in front of its home crowd in a pair of Mountain West matches, the Colorado State Rams came up short in both matches.
The Rams went into overtime in a back-and-forth match against intra-state rival Air Force, but a goal in the 95th minute sealed the 2-1 victory for the Falcons.
Trying to regroup on Sunday against Border War rival Wyoming, the Rams played a competitive match and controlled possession for much of the match. CSU couldn't find the back of the net while Wyoming capitalized on its opportunities en route to a 3-0 victory.
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.
The Rams will travel to Nevada for a pair of road conference matches. First, CSU will take on the University of Nevada on Friday at 8 p.m. MT in Reno, Nev. before traveling to Las Vegas to take on UNLV on Sunday at 2 p.m. MT.