CSU Soccer Notches Historic Game in First Win of the Season
You would think Sunday's game for Colorado State's women's soccer was target practice more than anything.
In a 6-0 win for the Rams over Idaho State, it felt like the ball spent nearly the entirety of the match on Idaho State's end of the field. The Rams had the pressure on all game, so it's no surprise that lent itself to a CSU Single-Game Record. Not only was it the most goals in program history, but it was also the largest win differential in program history.
The numbers from the match show just how much CSU dominated. In total, the Rams took 26 kicks against Idaho State's keeper, nailing 15 on goal and sinking six into the net. In comparison, Idaho State only had eight shots throughout the match.
Even more impressive, the Rams shared the glory with the six goals coming from four different players.
Seniors Gracie Armstrong and Kristen Noonan both connected on two goals each. Juniors Liv Layton and Kaitlyn Abrams take the credit for the other two Rams goals. In addition, Layton notched herself two assists for the match.
According to CSU Athletics, Noonan also set season highs in every category and Layton surpassed her career-high in assists and points per game.
This is Head Coach Keeley Hagen's first win at the helm for CSU Soccer.
Watching the match, it was clear there was direction, formation, and organization. All things that it seems the Rams have had glimpses of, but the gears just seemed to be skipping in some areas. This time, Colorado State was firing on all cylinders and made it look easy the whole time.
Even better, the win came in front of several CSU Soccer alumni who came back for Alumni Weekend and the traditional Ag Day Orange Out game.
The Rams have toted the message of higher accountability for this season. From what the coaching staff has implemented to what the girls have stood on for themselves, it finally seems like the process has clicked.
Colorado State plays at home again on Friday, Sept. 24 against San Diego State to officially kick off conference play.