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Sports / Recreation

Women's soccer set for inaugural home match

September 4, 2013

The CSU women's soccer team will make history Friday, hosting Grand Canyon University in the program's first home match.

Megan Speed, a transfer from Northern Colorado, is one of the Rams' captains in their inaugural season.The Rams play the Antelopes at 5 p.m. Friday at the Fort Collins Soccer Complex north of Fort Collins, just off I-25. CSU will play its home matches at the complex until a home field is built on the campus.

The Rams (1-2) have had their ups and downs in their inaugural season, winning their first-ever match over Lubbock Christian before losing to Texas Tech and Southern Methodist. Coach Bill Hempen’s squad features a lineup that includes several transfers, some freshmen recruits and several walk-ons.

Local flavor

The Rams are led by sophomore defender Megan Speed, a former Fort Collins High School star, junior defender Jami Vaughn, a former Rocky Mountain High School star, and sophomore forward Erika Bratschun. Speed and Vaughn are team captains.

Grand Canyon should present an interesting test for CSU. The ’Lopes are in their first year of competing on the Division I level, and are members of the Western Athletic Conference – CSU’s league until 1999.

Come support the Rams

Season tickets for bleacher seating are available online. Free sideline seating is being offered for the Rams’ first home match.