LUBBOCK, Texas (August 23, 2013) – It was the opening day of sorts for both Lubbock Christian University and Colorado State University's women's soccer programs, as the two teams played each other Friday night at a festive John Walker Soccer Complex. Colorado State made their NCAA Div. I debut in women's soccer with a 3-0 victory over the Lady Chaparrals in their inaugural season opener, while the game was an exhibition game for LCU.
CSU did not have to wait long to score their first goal in program history. Freshman Carly Seib was able to take a rebound off the left post and put it past LCU goalkeeper Lauren Story for the program's historic goal. The goal came in the sixth minute of the contest. LCU, who recently opened workouts for the season Monday, appeared tentative at first with hurried chances on touches in the first half, but was able to hold the Rams lead to 1-0 at the half.
LCU's Brooke Wendl and Jamie Boone had solid performances in the second half, but their chances for an equalizer were denied by Rams goalkeeper Elena Edison, who made five saves in the second half. CSU sent a cross into the box in the 53rd minute, which LCU was able to head out of the box's interior, but the header went right to the foot of Sasha Pchenitchnikova at the top of the box and she sent a powerful boot past a diving Story for a 2-0 Rams lead. The lead allowed the Rams to shift the mindset defensively and it wore on LCU. The Lady Chaps were in transitions with Wendl facing 1-on-5 disadvantages, which prevented scoring chances. In the 61st minute, Erika Bratschun was rewarded from a very active night with a goal to cap the game's scoring and provide the Rams a 3-0 lead.
Eidson was able to keep the clean sheet in goal for the first win in program history and the first shutout to go along with it. She finished the night with seven saves off LCU's seven shots on goal. The Lady Chaps, who were out-shot 24-11, actually out-shot the Rams 7-6 in shots on goal. Boone and Wendl each had three shots on goal and Boone produced six of LCU's 11 overall shots. Pchenitchnikova led CSU with a pair of shots on goal, while Bratschun had a game-high seven overall shots. Story stopped three of the six shots she faced in the losing cause.
The Rams open their season 1-0-0 and remain in Lubbock to face Texas Tech Sunday. LCU will return to the practice pitch before opening their regular season with their official season opener Sept. 5 at home against University of the Southwest (N.M.). The game is scheduled for a 2 p.m. start at LCU Soccer Complex.