The Rams leave the Beehive State with back-to-back wins over Utah Valley (9-8) and Utah State (16-5). Their performance leads them into next week with a 7-2 record on the season and 2-0 to begin conference play.
Colorado State’s first win came Friday night against Utah Valley. The Rams struggled mightily in the second half after leading the Wolverines 6-1 at halftime. UVU changed the pace during the second half by keeping the ball away from the Ram offense. The 5 goal lead slipped out of the Rams grasp forcing them to play another tight game.
“Our offense came out guns blazing. They were seeing the looks, sticking their shots and were making really intelligent decisions out there.”, said head coach Ted Fifield. “In the second half that well started to run dry. We started forcing the ball a little bit more. We were missing passes, giving the ball away, making poor choices defensively and getting stuck with the wrong personnel on the field.”, Fifield concluded.
Although the Rams left UVU with a W, they were dissatisfied after failing to put away a team they were clearly better than. This was a game in which the coaches and players were hoping to flex their offensive muscles. Unfortunately, CSU lacked consistency at both ends of the field.
“I’m always looking for a consistent 60-minute game. We show flashes of it. That first half was about as good as we have played offensively all year. We have potential, now we just need to figure out how to put all the moving pieces together.,” said assistant coach Brandon Hulett.
Of the Rams nine goals, four of them were scored by midfielder Colin Macdonald. Macdonald’s tallies adding to his team high of 16 goals on the season. Attack Ashton Monheiser led the Rams with four assists. Goalie Jake Bender had 7 saves on 15 shots.
The Rams transferred their focus to Saturday morning’s game with ease and defeated the Utah State Aggies handily. The Rams smoothed out the bumps left from the night before and played well enough to cycle through the majority of their roster. The Aggies served the Rams as a great tune-up for their upcoming conference games against Utah and BYU this week.
“This is a game that we expected to win and needed to win. The big goal was to see if our first string guys could come out and put up a bunch of goals to give us the flexibility to play some of the second string guys that don’t get as many reps.”, said Fifield
The Rams now head back to Fort Collins to prepare for their biggest home stand of the season. They will host The University of Utah on Thursday for their first on campus home game of the season. Saturday, they will host rival BYU under the lights at Hughes Stadium.