CSU women's soccer holds first practice of 2018 preseason
The Colorado State women's soccer team held its first official practice of the preseason Tuesday.
CSU women's soccer begins its sixth season since being established in 2013, as well as its second at its permanent home facility, the CSU Soccer Field, which is located on the west end of campus. The Rams’ facility is located on Elizabeth Street adjacent to Moby Arena and CSU Softball's Ram Field
The Rams will take the pitch in front of their fans for the first time during the Green & White Scrimmage at 12 p.m. MT on Aug. 5. Postgame activities for fans include a meet-and-greet and autograph opportunities with the players.
CSU then travels to Kansas for a 12 p.m. MT/1 p.m. CT exhibition on Sunday, Aug. 12. Following the exhibition with the Jayhawks, the Rams will then participate in the annual Colorado Cup with matches at Denver (7 p.m. MT) on Thursday, Aug. 16 and at Colorado (3:30 p.m. MT) on Sunday, Aug. 19. The Rams finish off play in the round-robin tournament with its home opener against Northern Colorado (4 p.m. MT ) on Thursday, Aug. 23.
Competition in the Colorado Cup features matches between each of the in-state Division I collegiate soccer programs. Each of the six teams play three games, and a champion is determined based off record in competition, where a victory equals three points and a draw is worth one.
The Colorado State women’s soccer team returns 20 players from its 2017 roster, including its top eight points scorers and the program’s first All-Mountain West selection, goalkeeper Hunter Peifer.
Among the field players returning are captains Halley Havlicek (seven points, team-highs with three goals and 1,780 minutes in 2017) and Kaija Ornes (led CSU with four goals and eight points in 2016), as well as senior Makenzi Taylor (team-high eight points in 2017) and sophomore Ally Murphy-Pauletto (scored program’s only hat trick, NCAA Soccer Women's Player of the Week on Sept. 4, 2017).
Joining that group are six freshmen, including three midfielders and one at each of defender, forward and goalkeeper. Also joining this year’s roster is Kansas State transfer and redshirt sophomore Baylee Bedard (Fort Collins, Colo./Rocky Mountain HS).
PHOTO: Elliott Jerge | Rocky Mountain Collegian