Jan. 23, 2011
By Brian O’Neill
Athletic Media Relations
ANN ARBOR, Mich.– The Rams had a tough schedule on the first day of competition at the Michigan Kick-off tournament. CSU showed a lot of fight as it played well against UCLA and San Jose State. The Rams’ biggest game was when they almost pulled off an upset against No. 13 Indiana, by just one goal.
If the Rams could have pulled out the victory it would have been just their second-ever win over a ranked opponent.
CSU lost the first game against No. 4 UCLA, 15-6. Its next game against No. 7 SJSU was a bit closer, as the Rams lost by just six goals, 8-2. And the last game of the night proved to be a very exciting contest as CSU lost to Indiana by just one goal, 9-8. CSU had some chances and refused to back down.
"We had opportunities in all games," said coach Mike Moody.
The Rams did have strong performances by some of their key players throughout the day. While CSU almost beat Indiana, Maggie McShane and Amber Bryan recorded their first multi-goal games of the season against the Hoosiers.
"We did a great job on offense and specifically with controlling the ball," said Moody.
Goalkeeper Melissa Fisher, along with the entire defense, also had a very strong performance on the day. Fisher especially played well in the last two games, and really gave the Rams a shot at winning both of them.
"I am really, really happy with the performance on defense," Moody said. "And Fisher had an exceptional game."
Fisher had one of the best performances of her career as she tallied 12 saves against Indiana which almost led to her team earning its first victory of the 2011 season.
Overall the day proved to be a successful day in the eyes of Moody. He had stated before the game that he loves playing in this tournament because his team competes against the best and comes away with some things to work on for the rest of the year.
"We learned a lot today," said Moody. "It’s been a great experience so far and we still have another game to play."
The Rams finish the tournament Sunday morning at 10:15 MT when they play No. 14 Hartwick and hope to take momentum from the Indiana game into that tilt.
CSU vs. UCLA
CSU goals: Kallie Berry 2, Ali Pavlik 2, Shelby Schaefer, Orsi Nadasdy
UCLA goals: Pricilla Orozco 2, KK Clark 2, Grace Reynolds 2, Becca Dorst 2, Emily Greenwood, Sarah Orozco, Brooke Martin, Kelly Easterday, Hannah Shebenaler, Giselle Naranjo, Kelly Ronimus.
CSU vs. SJSU
CSU goals: Orsi Nadasdy, Ali Pavlik
SJSU goals: Adriana Vogt 3, Dani Curran 2, Katie Buzzetta, Timi Molnar, Allie Stewart
CSU vs. IU
CSU goals: Amber Bryan 2, Maggie McShane 2, Orsi Nadasdy, Natalie Berge, Ali Pavlik, Shelby Schaefer
IU goals: Shae Fournier 2, Jackie Kohli 2, Nicole Redder 2, Hanna Eimstad, Lauren Wyckoff, Kate Dunn