Rams to host annual Green & White Scrimmage Sunday
The Colorado State women's soccer team will kick off the season with its first home appearance of 2018 on Sunday when the Rams take the pitch for the annual Green & White Scrimmage.
The intrasquad match is slated to begin at 12 p.m. MT and will run for a duration that will be determined by the coaching staff based upon a a variety of factors that day. Other than match duration, the Green & White Scrimmage will be similar to a normal match and will be contested with referees.
The annual intrasquad scrimmage will be the first chance for an experienced CSU women's soccer team to get on the field in a game-like situation. The Rams return 20 players from last season, including 18 that suited up in 10 matches or more.
Additionally, Colorado State returns each of its top eight points scorers from the 2017 squad. Makenzi Taylor, a senior in 2018, led the way with eight points last season (two goals, four assists). Each of sophomore Karli Eheart, junior Halley Havlicek and sophomore Ally Murphy-Pauletto had seven points in 2017 (three goals, one assist).
The Rams also return the program's first-ever All-Mountain West selection, redshirt junior Hunter Peifer, who returns in goal. The Colorado Springs, Colo., native posted a 1.50 goals-against average with four shutouts in 2017.
Following the conclusion of the Green & White Scrimmage, fans will have an opportunity to participate in a postgame meet-and-greet session and interact with their favorite players. Players will be available after the intrasquad match for autographs as part of the postgame festivities.
There are no plans for live video or live stats for the Rams' intrasquad scrimmage. However, details on Sunday's scrimmage will be shared on CSURams.com following its conclusion.
- Fans looking to attend a home CSU soccer match may park in the Moby Arena parking lot, conveniently located immediately next to the Rams' new facility. Entrances to the Moby Arena parking lot are located on Shields Street and on Plum Street.
- Fans attending a CSU home match can expect seating and set-up similar to game days at The Lagoon, and are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs, blankets or other similar items to use for seating at a match. Some bleacher seating is available.
Get to Know the Newcomers: (Courtesy of CSU Athletics)
- Of Colorado State's 27-athlete roster, 14 are either freshmen or sophomores. Half of that group joined the roster this season in the Rams' most recent signing class. See below for quick hits on each of those newcomers.
- No. 0 Gabi McDonald - Northern Colorado Female Athlete of the Year (2017), runner-up for Northern Colorado Female Soccer Player of the Year (2017) and Northern Colorado Female Soccer Player of the Year (2016) ... a CHSSCA all-state and a CHSAA all-state honorable mention in soccer.
- No. 5 Samantha Studt - Rated a three-star athlete by TopDrawerSoccer.com ... competed in soccer for Mountain Range High School and the Colorado Storm ... team captain her final three seasons ... voted by coaches as the team's offensive MVP every season ... a three-time academic all-state honoree.
- No. 9 Jackie Balderrama - All-city and all-district selection ... named 2016 Texas District 1-5A Offensive Player of the Year ... captained El Paso in 2017 and 2018 ... ranked seventh in the state in assists (19) in her sophomore season, as well as 13th in Texas in points (56) and 23rd in goals (19).
- No. 20 Ariell Hopkins - All-district honoree each season ... helped Rockwall High School to bi-district titles in 2015, 2016 and 2017, an Elite Eight regional finish and a district championship in 2017 ... in cross country and track & field, was a four-time all-district performer and two-time district champion.
- No. 24 Scout Bohlender - Two-sport athlete in high school ... earned four varsity letters in soccer and one in badminton ... played her club soccer for Arsenal Colorado ... competed against current CSU teammate Bailyn Furrow during each player's respective high school/club careers.
- No. 25 Marissa Porras - Helped club team Sting ECNL '99 to a North American Cup title in 2015, Disney Cup crowns in 2015 and 2016, a Plano Labor Day Cup in 2016 and a second-place finish in the South Texas State Cup in 2017 ... voted by her teammates as the team's "most skilled player" in 2015.
- No. 26 Baylee Bedard - Two-year member of the Kansas State women's soccer team ... in high school, honored as an All-Front Range Honorable Mention and the 2016 Arsenal Colorado Girls Player of the Year ... her senior year, Rocky Mountain HS went 11-5-1 and held opponents to 18 goals in 17 matches.
PHOTO: Elliott Jerge | Rocky Mountain Collegian