Oct. 23, 2013
The Colorado State Rams are on the road as they conclude their first season in the Mountain West. The first-year program has had varied results throughout the season, and is looking to end the year on a good note.
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 Fresno State
The Bulldogs enter the match with an 8-7-2 record, and 4-2-0 at home.
Fresno State is 5-2-1 in Mountain West play, and with 16 points is currently in third place.
The Bulldogs are unbeaten in their last six matches, winning five of them and earning a tie in one.
Fresno State has scored 19 goals while also conceding 19 this season.
Scouting Report on San José State
The Spartans enter the match with at 2-13-1 on the year and 1-6-1 in conference play.
San José State has not scored a goal in each of its previous four matches (0-3-1).
The Spartans have scored nine goals this season while conceding a league-most 32.
Five different players have scored a goal this season for San José State.
Fresno State: Senior midfielder Morgan Castain has been almost unstoppable this season for the Bulldogs. The Washington State transfer leads the team in goals, points and shots. With 10 goals, Castain is tied for first in the Mountain West. The senior also ranks second in points (22) and third in shots (48).
San José State: The Spartans are paced by their sophomore forward Lupita Estrada. With four goals on the year and nine points, Estrada ranks seventh and ninth, respectively, in the Mountain West. Estrada has also taken a team-best 15 shots on goal and has one game-winning goal to her name this year.
A Pair of Wins Will...
Give Colorado State consecutive victories for the first time in program history.
Improve CSU to 3-7 in MW play with a chance to qualify for the postseason tournament.
Improve Head Coach Bill Hempen's career record to 280-198-46. He currently ranks No. 19 among Division I active coaches in all-time wins.
Going the Distance
Through 15 matches this season, junior defenders Megan Speed and Jami Vaughn have played every single possible minute this season. The juniors are two of just four players (not including goalies) in the Mountain West to have accomplished this feat. Colorado State is the only team in the conference to have multiple players play every minute this season.
Last Time Out
Forced to play on its practice field on campus due to weather, Colorado State hosted the Utah State Aggies in a tough conference match-up.
In the early stages of the match, the Rams had all of the attack and looked poised to take an early lead. The Aggies withstood the early pressure and notched the game's first goal in the 24th minute. Adding another goal in the 39th minute, Utah State took a 2-0 lead into halftime.
The Aggies added one more goal in the second half en route to a 3-0 victory over Colorado State.
In their second match of the week, the Rams battled fierce weather conditions as it seeked a victory against Boise State. The two teams were tied at halftime as neither side registered a shot on goal.
In the 54th minute, Boise State was awarded a penalty kick after an unlucky bounce hit Jessica Stauffer's hand in the box. The Broncos put away the penalty kick and added two more goals en route to a 3-0 victory over CSU.
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 take on intra-state rival Northern Colorado in the last match of the season. The match is slated to begin at 6 p.m. MT.
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