Match Notes: Rams Face Crucial Test in Nevada

Catherine Ruder

Catherine Ruder

Oct. 9, 2013

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The Colorado State Rams have played numerous competitive matches this year, but haven't found the results they have been looking for yet. CSU finished up its toughest week of the season thus far and has dropped its first four conference matches. Looking to find some momentum, the Rams travel to Nevada for a pair of crucial Mountain West matches. CSU will take on the University of Nevada on Oct. 11 and will play UNLV on Oct. 13.

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 Nevada

  • The Wolf Pack enter the match at 4-6-3 and were predicted to finish eighth in the Mountain West this year.
  • Nevada is 2-2-0 in conference play and also 2-2-0 while playing at home.
  • In 13 matches, the Wolf Pack have scored 10 goals and conceded 14.
  • Nevada ranks third in the conference in goals allowed per match with 1.02.

Scouting Report on UNLV

  • UNLV enters the match at 6-6-2 and was predicted to finish third in the Mountain West this year.
  • The Rebels are 1-3-0 in conference play, and have lost three matches in a row.
  • UNLV has been tough to beat at home boasting a 3-1 record when playing in Las Vegas.
  • Four different players have scored multiple goals for the Rebels this year.
  • With 18 goals on the year, UNLV ranks second in the Mountain West

Key Players
Nevada: Freshman goalie Kelsey Quintos has been a dynamic player this year for the Wolf Pack. Quintos ranks third in the Mountain West in goals against average (1.02), second in save percentage (.837) and first in both saves (67) and saves per match (5.15). Quintos is also second in the conference with five shutouts this year.

UNLV: Senior forward Jenn Wolfe has paced UNLV's high-scoring offense this year. Wolfe leads the team with five goals, four assists and 14 points. Wolf is second in the Mountain West in shots (47) and shots per match (3.36), is third in both points (14) and assists (4) and ranks fifth in goals (5).

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 279-195-46. He currently ranks No. 19 among Division I active coaches in all-time wins.

Going the Distance
Through eleven 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.

Last Time Out
The Colorado State Rams were tested last week as they faced off agaisnt the two premier teams in the Mountain West.

The Rams traveled to San Diego for a matchup against the Aztecs in which SDSU took control of the match early on to take a 3-0 lead at halftime.

Colorado State battled in the second half and held the Aztecs scoreless as the Rams lost 3-0.

In its second match of the week, the Rams hosted the New Mexico Lobos who were predicted to finish second in the Mountain West.

Again Colorado State battled, but couldn't find the back of the net as the Lobos won 3-0 behind sophomore midfielder Lindsey Guice's hat trick.

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.

Up Next
The Rams return home for a pair of conference matches against Utah State (Oct. 18) and Boise State (Oct. 20).


 

 

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