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Mia Massey (5) kicks the ball to her teammate on the other side of the field Sept. 21. Colorado State won over Nevada with a final score of 2-1.

Olivia Fout needed just 1 minute and 46 seconds to score her seventh goal of the season and surpass Liv Layton’s team high of sixth from a season ago.

With both teams coming into the game 1-0 in conference play, no one emerged victorious as Colorado State tied UNLV 1-1.

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The Rams’ offense started off fast but couldn’t capitalize on several opportunities down the stretch.

“It’s the beginning of conference (play); it’s only our second game,” Fout said. “It’s a tie, but at least it’s a point.”

UNLV’s Sarah Martinez got the equalizer in the 27th minute for the Rebels. The goal was a close call, and it looked like one of the Rams defenders had a chance to save it, but it went just over the line.

Offsides was an issue for the Rams’ attack, getting flagged nine times for the infraction. Those calls really killed the Rams’ attack and their ability to get into scoring position.

“It’s better than 13 from the last game, so we’re improving little by little, ” head coach Keeley Hagen said. “I just talked to the group about that. That’s just attention to detail and just being disciplined.”

After giving up a couple of opportunities to the Rams, the Rebels went on the attack, going down and drawing the penalty in the Rams’ box. UNLV was set up with the free kick to take control of the game.

In the 61st minute of the game, in what could have been the turning point for the Rebels, Shayna Ross made what might have been the play of the game for the Rams.

“It did feel really good to pull one for my team because they do so much for me,” Ross said. “I want to get them back.”

Diving and saving the free kick, Ross kept the Rams in the game and kept them alive to continue to compete evenly in the match.

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Ross’s play was a big difference-maker for the Rams. Finishing with three saves, she kept the Rams alive in multiple times of need.

“We talked to Shayna about her growth, and that’s a credit to her investment,” Hagen said. “She’s coming up big when we need her to, and we’re going to continue to ask that of her every single game.”

In the 84th minute, Mia Casey got an incredible look at a goal for the Rams on a breakaway — one that would put them squarely in the driver’s seat. She shot just slightly too high, and the ball bounced off the crossbar.

While the Rams couldn’t secure a win in their second game of conference play, they still get a point in the tie.

“We’ve got to keep getting better, and we talk about (how) every opponent we play is going to be tough,” Hagen said. “No one’s going to roll over, and that’s a credit to our conference and their preparation coming here.”

CSU will be back on the road to take on Utah State 5 p.m. Sept. 28. The Aggies are off to a 4-6-1 start to the season and are currently 1-1 in conference play.

Reach Damon Cook at sports@collegian.com or on Twitter @dwcook2001.

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Damon Cook
Damon Cook, Sports Editor
Damon Cook is the 2023-24 sports editor for the The Collegian and has been at the paper since August 2022. He started doing coverage on volleyball and club sports before moving onto the women's basketball beat. He is in his third year and is completing his degree with a major in journalism and media communication and a minor in sports management. As The Collegian's sports editor, Cook reports on CSU sports and helps manage the sports desk and content throughout the week. After having a year to learn and improve, Cook will now get to be part of a new age under the sports desk. The desk moved on from all but one other person and will now enter into a new era. Damon started school as a construction management major looking to go in a completely different direction than journalism. After taking the year off during the COVID-19 pandemic, he quickly realized that construction wasn't for him. With sports and writing as passions, he finally decided to chase his dreams, with The Collegian helping him achieve that. He is most excited to bring the best and most in-depth sports coverage that The Collegian can provide.

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