DENVER, Colo.: #19 Ranger men's soccer dropped the CSU-Pueblo ThunderWolves 4-1 in their second Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference match. Four Rangers added goals on the day, bringing the Regis goal count to 19 on the season.
Regis went up 3-0 in the first half, making their first goal in the 12th minute of play. Senior Alex Tarnozci attempted to put off a cross which rebounded back to him. He was able to put the ball through his defenders to sophomore Adam Tormoehlen who sent the ball to the back of the net.
The Rangers would score their second and third goals late in the first half. In the 40thminute, the ThunderWolves put a shot on goal that was saved by freshman goalkeeper Christian Nicolosi. He connected with Tarnozci across the pitch who set off toward the goal, sending the ball over 65 yards to the senior. Tarnozci turned, bested two defenders to the left and sent the ball past the ThunderWolves keeper to the right.
"We came off strong like we wanted to and worked on puttin the game away in the first half," stated Tarnozci. "We got some good goals today and played well defensively."
Senior Mark Kelly earned his first goal of the season with two minutes left on the clock in the first half. Freshman Jason Boyle played the ball down the middle, sent it to Kelly just before the 18-yard box. Kelly chipped the ball up and to the left, nicking the post and putting it through the left side of the goal.
"It's good to be involved with the Rangers and get my first goal," commented Kelly. "They're a great bunch of guys and have made me feel really welcome."
Sophomore Martin Maybin scored his third goal of the season early in the second half. He gained possession of the ball, beat his defenders and scored through the right side of the goal.
The Ranger defense allowed one goal with 21 minutes remaining in the match. Regis maintains a 0.57 goals against average over their opponents.
Nicolosi spent 66:58 in goal, saving two shot attempts from the ThunderWolves and allowing no goals. Senior Scott Brown also saw time in between the posts, putting up one save for the Rangers as well.
"We had two big wins in conference this week," said head coach Tony McCall. "It was good for us to get the lead early and our play was very good from the back up to the front."
"Everybody played their part today as we were able to play the majority of our squad today," continued McCall. " Overall, I'm very happy, we have to enjoy the win and concentrate on the game against Pueblo coming up on Tuesday."
Regis will travel to Pueblo on Tuesday, September 18th for a rematch at 7:00 PM.