It was a great end to Labor Day weekend for MSU Denver women’s soccer, with a decisive 3-0 victory over Western State College of Colorado Sept. 3 at Auraria Field.
The Roadrunners took an early lead over the Gunnison team with a goal by junior forward Tess Hagenlock, 2:37 into the game. Hagenlock scored off a cross from senior forward Aubrey Fondy, putting it in the top center of the goal.
Hagenlock has made an impact already this season with three goals.
“I’m really pleased. I did a lot of work over the summer to get myself on the field,” Hagenlock said.
MSU Denver kept up the pace throughout the whole first half, peppering the Mountaineers with several shots on goal. Then sophomore forward Karissa Price found the back of the net on a shot from outside the box off a long, precise pass by junior midfielder Becca Medina.
The final point of the half came on a goal by junior midfielder Nicole Pollick with just under fifteen minutes remaining in the game. Freshman midfielder Noemy Polanco made the play happen with a great cross off a free kick that Pollick put away with an aggressive header.
It was a dominating first half. The Roadrunner offense had 18 shots on goal and the defense didn’t give up a single point.
The trend continued throughout the game as MSU Denver kept the tempo up with 13 shots in the second half despite the inability to find the net. The Mountaineers’ troubles continued with only three second-half shots.
Despite the controlling nature of the second half, the Roadrunners did come out a bit sluggish, giving up a couple of shots right off the bat. It was long before they stiffened up and controlled the pace like before.
“We were a little more relaxed in the second, but I don’t necessarily think we played as good as we should have played or could have played, but that’s something we need to work on,” Price said, talking about the second-half performance.
Hagenlock agreed with her teammate.
“We kind of played down to their level a little bit, our speed of play wasn’t as fast.”
Altogether, it was a successful day for the lady Roadrunners. The team won its second game of the regular season, making them 2-0. The ‘Runners prepare for their first away game Sept. 7 against St. Edwards University in Austin, Texas.