PUEBLO, Colo. - Perennial top ten team Midwestern State beat CSU-Pueblo Friday night in the Pack's home opener by a 4-1 score.
The ThunderWolves had a tough time overcoming the sheer physical advantage posed by Midwestern State, and the result was more chances for the visiting Mustangs and in the end, more goals.
Midwestern State's Chase Robertson scored the first half's lone goal on a 25-yard set piece to go up 1-0. It headlined a half that saw the Pack have trouble getting its footing against the Mustangs.
"They're a big, physical and powerful team," CSU-Pueblo head coach Roy Stanley said of Midwestern State. "We were focusing on closing the gap in the second half."
CSU-Pueblo definitely closed the gap in the second half, using a foul in front of the goal to get a free kick in 69th minute as Jonny Sawyer (Jr., Aurora, Colo.) saw his free kick bounce in front of the goal into the sights of Dustin Geist (Sr., Durango, Colo.), who delivered it home to tie the game at 1-1.
"I really felt like we had great legs in the first 25 minutes of the second half," Stanley said. "But they had a great goal on us and we gave them an easy one to let them get ahead."
It was 90 seconds after the Pack's goal that Midwestern State jumped ahead on a 35-yard drive from Dan Johns, followed by gimme goal by Andrew Power that suddenly put the Pack down 3-1. A pretty header from Idrissa Camara in the 85th minute all but cut the Pack off at the legs.
With the loss, CSU-Pueblo falls to 0-3 on the young season. It will battle for its first win Sunday when it hosts Eastern New Mexico at 1:30 p.m.