PUEBLO, Colo. - CSU-Pueblo only needed two games to equal in 2012's win total, securing a 1-0 win over Concordia-St. Paul Sunday.
The ThunderWolves relied on the trademarks of their improved game - refined passing and solid back line defense - to stay one step of ahead of the Golden Bears all day long.
CSU-Pueblo scored the game's only goal early as Amanda Jorgensen (So., Wailuku, Hawaii) beat her defender down the line and crossed a ball back to Alicia Irwin (Sr., North Richland Hills, Texas), who tapped it in to the back corner of the goal to put the Pack up 1-0.
From there, defense saved the day for the ThunderWolves.
Though Concordia-St. Paul out-shot the Pack 16-9, only eight of the Golden Bears' shots fell on goal. Goalkeeper Savannah Thompson (Sr., Upland, Calif.) turned in her second straight shutout for the first time in her career and setting a personal best for consecutive scoreless minutes, now sitting at 242:48.
CSU-Pueblo, meanwhile, continued to have an efficient attack with five of its nine shots falling on goal.
"I've been pleased with the results so far," Pack head coach Paul Regrutto said. "We won in two different ways this weekend, and today, it was sheer guts."
Regrutto said he didn't have much inside information on East Central or Concordia St.-Paul this weekend, instead opting to focus inward on improving the ThunderWolves' game. The result has been a 2-0 start, the Pack's best since starting 3-0 in 2005.
"I didn't scout either team coming in, but we try not to worry about that," Regrutto said. "Our focus is on us and not on anybody else."
Regrutto and the Pack will travel to Eastern New Mexico Friday before returning home for a date with Fort Hays State on Sunday.