Senior Day Ends with Dog Pile After Ram Golden Goal

Senior Day Ends with Dog Pile After Ram Golden Goal

FORT COLLINS, Colo. – The weekend was finally coming to a close, with many successes in tow.
 
Colorado State women’s soccer team had already achieved some of their goals for the weekend after securing a win against Nevada on Friday, but Sunday’s game carried just as much weight on Sunday afternoon.
 
With their last home game taking place, the team had plenty of momentum coming into the contest with their four-game win streak. Further, it was crucial for the team to emerge victorious because for six seniors – their final home outing as a Ram.
 
The game did not come without a battle from UNLV. The talk going into extra time tied 1-all was of grit and the Rams listened. With two minutes left in the first period of overtime, Kristen Noonan scored her second goal of the game to push the Rams to their program-best fifth win in a row and defeat UNLV 2-1.
 
CSU improved to 6-5-2 overall and more importantly, 5-3 in the Mountain West. UNLV dropped to 10-7 overall and 3-5 in conference.
 
“Overtime is a gut check,” head coach Keeley Hagen said. “I gave them two scenarios. Either, we win for our seniors and what that feels like or we don’t and what does that feel like? X’s and O’s are thrown out the window at that point. Our combat Tuesdays are hard and are designed to be harder than a game, and it pays off in games like today. I’m really proud of their fight and have to credit UNLV for battling.”
 
By the end of the first half, the Rams were far outshooting their opponent, with five shots and one on the goal to the Rebels’ two shots and one on the goal. Halftime was an opportunity to turn things around. With both teams still sitting scoreless, the outcome of the game could’ve gone either way.
 
But senior Kristen Noonan had other plans, after firing in a goal at 70:33 from a Kaitlyn Abrams assist, leaving the team ahead in the middle of the second half. But, the celebration was short lived, as the Rebels then tied up the game only a short few minutes later, leaving the team facing the possibility of overtime.
 
Just when you were thinking the game was headed to a second overtime, Gracie Armstrong and Noonan were at the top of the box and scrambling to get a look, which they did.
 
“With all the training – especially on Tuesdays – in our fitness and mentality, we were ready for that overtime,” Noonan said. “Keeley really reminded us of that and gave us confidence that helped us push through. That final goal, I just felt like that was our team. I was just happy to execute for my team because I can’t do that without them.”
 
The win also marked the first-ever Senior Day victory of the Rams, sporting a 0-7-1 record previously.
 
“I saw we had an opportunity,” Armstrong said. “Kristen and I were pretty close together, so our thinking was let’s just double team and put it all out there in the moment and it ended up paying off. It was so amazing and rewarding.”
 
The Rams will now hit the road for their final three games, starting with Utah State on Thursday, Oct. 21 at 4 p.m. MT in Logan, Utah.
 
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