Grizzly goalies make school-record setting 18 saves in 4-0 loss at Pueblo
Freshman Pizza made a career-high 12 saves for ASC while Lee added six
PUEBLO, Colo. – Rookie keeper Paul Pizza (Alamosa, Colo.) served up a new career-high and ASC season-best 12 saves on Sunday against Colorado State University-Pueblo in a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference match, but the ThunderWolves found the net twice in each half and held the Grizzlies at bay for a 4-0 win.
The ThunderWovles, now 5-5 overall and 4-2 in league play, have now beaten the Grizzlies twice this season, having tallied a 1-0 victory on Sept. 17 at Murphy Field. With 12 points in RMAC play, CSU-Pueblo is now fourth in the conference standings. The Grizzlies fall to 0-9 overall and 0-6 in league play.
It was the second straight match that Pizza recorded double-digit saves, and his third of the season. He came up with 10 saves on Friday in the Grizzlies loss against No. 7-ranked Metro State, and in the first meeting between the Grizzlies and ThunderWolves, to give him 22 saves against CSU-Pueblo on the season. Fellow freshman goalie Dillon Lee (Arvada, Colo.) added six saves of his own to give the ASC a school-record 18 in the match.
CSU-Pueblo was on the board early, scoring in the ninth minute when Robert Kinsey tapped a pass from Jordan Hanson into the net. Kinsey also found the board again for the ThunderWolves just 3 minutes, 43 seconds into the second half, which put the Grizzlies deficit at 3-0.
Adams State was held in check throughout the match by the CSU-Pueblo defense, attempting just two shots in the first half and three in the second, and only managing to put three of them on goal. Junior Joseph Jallow (Oldjeshwang, Gambia) and freshman Henry Stewart (Las Cruces, N.M.) each took two shots and put one on goal, and freshman Ubaldo Trujillo (Edwards, Colo.) put his only shot in the match on goal.
Stewart’s two shot upped his season total to 16, tied for the team lead and tied for the third-best single season mark in program history.
Meanwhile, the ThunderWolves offense was relentless, taking 16 shots in each half and placing 22-of-32 shots on goal (69 percent). Kinsey tallied four points on two goals in the contest, while Jonathan Hall and Dustin Geist were good for three points apiece for CSU-Pueblo with a goal and an assist each. Geist assisted Hall at the 35:46 mark to put the ThunderWolves up 2-0. Hall assisted on Kinsey’s goal at the start of the second half, and Geist scored the fourth and final goal of the day in the 79th minute.
Adams State will return to Murphy Field for a pair of matches over Homecoming weekend this Friday and Saturday, hosting UC-Colorado Springs and 19th-ranked Regis on Sunday.
Friday’s match against the Mountain Lions will get underway at 3 p.m. and live stats will be available here. The Grizzles fell to UCCS twice last season, by a 3-0 scored at Murphy Field on Sept. 1, and then 1-0 in Colorado Springs on Oct. 13. The Mountain Lions are currently eighth in the RMAC standings (1-8-1, 0-5-1 RMAC) and fell 3-1 to Regis on Sunday afternoon.
Live stats will also be available for next Sunday’s 1 p.m. match-up with the Rangers right here. Regis stands at fifth in the RMAC after topping UCCS with a 7-1-1 overall record and a mark of 3-1-1 in league play. It will be the first meeting in men’s soccer between the Grizzlies and Rangers, who have been held under two goals only twice this season and have not been shutout.