25 Aug Rams Ready for Home Opener
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Already the first Colorado State athletic team to compete in the 2021-22 year and now the first to host a game, the soccer team will play South Dakota in the Rams’ home opener Thursday at 4 p.m. on the CSU Soccer Field.
“Everybody is excited to play in front of our home crowd,” head coach Keeley Hagen said. “We’ve been training since August 3rd on that field and other than our exhibitions games in which we weren’t playing at full strength, this will be the first time we can showcase our team on our home field. With this being the start of the scholastic semester, campus has been busy, which is great to see, and we hope that it translates to our fans on what looks to be another sunny fall day in Fort Collins.”
The matchup between the Rams and the Coyotes will be the first-ever meeting. Each of the team’s season opener ended in the same way but in opposite fates. USD defeated Northern State 1-0 in the 106th minute, while CSU fell to Denver 0-1 in overtime.
“Every team we play this season is going to challenge us,” Hagen continued. “South Dakota is a very physical team that takes advantage of its set pieces. They work really hard, and we’ve challenged our team to not only match that but supersede it. That is the mindset regardless of who we play. We need to raise our standard and get better every game.”
CSU Soccer Notebook
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– The first 50 students in attendance will receive a soccer scarf.
– Admission is free for all of the 2021 season
Last Time Out
– The Rams battled Denver into overtime before the Pioneers put in an early goal to claim the 1-0 win and the Colorado Cup. In the series, CSU still holds the advantage to 3-2-1.
– After a team vote, captains were announced prior to game one and the results were all seniors; Sam Studt, Haylee Blach and Baylee Bedard.
– Studt has started 41 of her 44 career games. In Blach’s eight career games at CSU, she’s started all. Bedard has started 21 of 30 games played since arriving in 2018.
In the Net
– Junior transfer Amanda Green, previously of Arizona State, has taken the reigns as the starting goalkeeper. Against DU, she tallied nine saves, while the CSU individual record is 12.
Colorado State Notes
– Fifteen letterwinners return including 11 starters, however only six of those would have been considered starters after the last full season in 2019. Eleven newcomers make up the roster with 10 freshmen and one transfer.
– Armstrong represents the top point returner with her six from the spring and 18 in her career. Her five career goals are tied sixth all-time, while she already holds the career and individual season assist records – both at eight.
– Another key returner on offense is senior Kristen Noonan who has six career CSU goals. She had five at Cal State Fullerton as a freshman.
– Studt and Blach hold down the midfield with the latter rising on CSU’s all-time lists in games started and minutes.
South Dakota Notes
– The Coyotes were picked to finish fourth in the Summit League standings for the second straight season. Senior Joana Zanin and fifth year senior Alexis Mitchell were named Summit League Players to Watch.
– USD returns all four players that earned all-conference honors last season in Taylor Cotter, Alexis Mitchell, Taylor Ravelo and Emma Harkleroad
– Last season, USD went 9-7-1 overall and 9-6-1 in conference play for a share of third.
– In the season opener, Colorado native Maliah Atkins scored in the 106th minute to earn the 1-0 win for USD over Northern State.
– South Dakota assistant coach Maggie Sherman graduated from CSU in 2015 and was a part of the inaugural CSU soccer team as a goalkeeper. She recorded the first win in program history against Nevada in 2013.
– Kendra Gipson & Kyla Knapke at Grandview HS won two Colorado 5A State Championships
– Gracie Armstrong & Brooke Kercher-Pratt at Legacy HS and played club for Indios Denver during summers
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