CMU men stun Northeastern, 20th-ranked U.S. soccer team
It took overtime, but the Colorado Mesa University men’s soccer team stunned the 20th-ranked team in the country.
Tim Hofer scored in the ninth minute of overtime to lift the Mavericks to a 3-2 victory Friday over Northeastern State (Okla.) University in Hays, Kan.
The sophomore midfielder from Grand Junction scored from outside the penalty box on a shot over the goalkeeper’s head for the win.
The Mavericks (2-0-1) took a 2-0 lead on goals from freshmen brothers Nestor Escobar and Kevin Escobar. Nestor Escobar scored from the left side in the 25th minute. Kevin Escobar scored on an assist from Kevin from the right side in the 74th minute.
Northeastern State (2-1-0) came back with two goals in a four-minute stretch to force overtime.
Colorado Mesa took seven shots, and the RiverHawks had 10. CMU goalkeeper Micah Conrads made four saves.
It was Mesa’s first victory over a nationally ranked team since it beat No. 14 Metro State last season.
Colorado Mesa scored two goals in the second half and held on for a 2-0 victory over Angelo State (Texas) University in Durango. Leilani Wiernicki scored two minutes into the second half on a free kick. Sarah Pope added an insurance goal in the 73rd minute.
The Mavericks (2-0-1) took 15 shots, and CMU goalkeeper Sarah Schnetzler made two saves.
The Mavericks swept Fort Hays State (Kan.) University 25-20, 25-13, 25-17 in the second day of the Holiday Inn/Crossroads Classic at Brownson Arena.
Christian Otzen led Colorado Mesa (4-2) with 12 kills and 12 digs. Rachael Beaty had 11 kills.
The Mavericks relied on strong starts in each of the three games. Mesa went on a 12-4 run early in the first game. Otzen, Beaty and Audrey Steinkirchner had kills on three consecutive points.
The Mavs jumped to a 12-3 lead in the second game with six kills, including three from Kelly Regimbal.
Mesa got off to a 7-1 start in the third game. The Tigers rallied and got within one point twice, but the Mavs went on a 12-5 run to pull away.