31 Oct Rams Travel to Mountain West Tournament
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – The Colorado State soccer team will play Utah State in the first round of the Mountain West Championships on Monday at 11 a.m. MT at the Boas Soccer Complex on the campus of Boise State.
The Rams earned the No. 5-seed after concluding the regular season with a 6-7-3 overall record and a 5-5-1 slate in the Mountain West. The Aggies represent the No. 4-seed after ending their campaign with a 12-5-3 record and a 5-4-2 record in the MW. Just two weeks ago, the two teams played at Utah State with the home team winning 2-1.
The berth to the tournament is just the second all-time for Colorado State, which is in its ninth season of existence. The Rams earned their first trip to the MW tourney in 2019 and lost to Fresno State in penalty kicks.
“Our group has really embraced our training environment and the messages that we have been trying to get across,” head coach Keeley Hagen said about the team’s progress throughout the season. “We had a 12-day break in the early-middle of the season that was really key to teach things that we couldn’t get into in the preseason due to time and being a new staff. Going into the tournament, our message to the team stays the same though. We have a certain standard we set for ourselves individually, which then leads to our team improving. It doesn’t matter who we play as long as we execute in our playing style, which is being aggressive in the boxes.”
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Last Time Out
– The Rams traveled up to Laramie, Wyo., for the annual Border War rivalry game against Wyoming. For UW’s Senior Day, the Cowgirls beat the Rams 3-1. Freshman Ali Yoshida represented CSU’s only goal and it marked her first in her collegiate career.
– Home treated Colorado State well, finishing with a 5-3-1 record. The five wins are tied with the second most (2018) in program history and two behind the program record of seven (2019).
– A program-best five straight wins was obtained in October, which also featured a few “firsts”.
– CSU defeated San Jose State to earn its first road win and first MW win of 2021 on Oct. 3rd.
– After returning to Fort Collins, the Rams beat Colorado College for the first-time ever and earned the season’s first MW home win.
– The cap the streak, CSU outlasted UNLV for the program’s first Senior Day win.
Back-to-Back MW Player of the Weeks
– Kristen Noonan was named Mountain West Offensive Player of the Week on Oct. 18 after her three-goal weekend.
– On Oct. 11th, freshman goalkeeper Shayna Ross was named MW Defensive Player of the Week and Co-Freshman of the Week for two shutouts.
Lineup Shuffle, Done.
– Through 16 games, the Rams have utilized nine different starting lineups. The longest consistent lineup lasted five games. The most common interchangeable substitutions are Liv Layton, Caroline Lucas, Sarah Hogenkamp, Ali Yoshida, and Rachel Hall also spelling some minutes. Only one Ram (Kenady Leighton) has started all 13 games. Page 3 has the breakdown of the starting lineups.
Found a Rhythm
– After starting conference play 0-3 without a goal, CSU has scored 11 goals in the past eight games for a 5-1-1 record in that stretch.
– After a team vote, captains were picked prior to game one and the results were all seniors; Sam Studt, Haylee Blach and Baylee Bedard.
– Studt has started 55 of her 59 career games. Blach has started all 22 career games played at CSU. Bedard has started 35 of 45 games played since arriving in 2018.
How it was Clinched
– By a slim margin, CSU secured its spot at the MW Championships prior to the last regular-season game. The tie against Boise State gave the Rams one point for 16 on the season. UNLV held the last spot going into the last regular season game with 15 points, however a Lady Rebel loss and a Boise State win left the door open for the Broncos to claim the sixth and final spot.
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