Loss gives Mesa men’s soccer team 5th seed in RMAC tourney
Colorado Mesa had a chance to host its first RMAC men’s soccer tournament game in the program’s history.
Instead, the Mavericks (8-6-4, 6-5-3 RMAC) received the No. 5 seed and will play on the road after a 2-0 loss Sunday at the Colorado School of Mines. It was Mesa’s sixth consecutive loss or tie.
Mesa plays at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs in the first round of the RMAC tournament. The winner advances to the RMAC semifinal at 2:30 p.m. Friday at top seed Regis (16-0-1, 14-0-0 RMAC).
The Orediggers (12-4-2, 9-3-2 RMAC) clinched the No. 2 seed and received a first-round bye.
Mines got an early goal on Mesa for the second time this season in the seventh minute. The Orediggers added a goal late.
The Orediggers had 11 shots, four on goal. Mesa goalkeeper Caleb Ealey had two saves.
The Mavericks took 15 shots, six on goal.
The Colorado School of Mines scored three goals in the second half to defeat Colorado Mesa 3-0 and clinch the No. 2 seed for the RMAC tournament later this week.
The Mavericks (9-6-3, 6-6-2 RMAC) lost their third consecutive game and received the No. 6 seed for the tournament. Mesa plays at No. 3 seed Metro State (12-4-2, 9-3-2) at noon Wednesday in Denver.
Mines (13-4-1, 10-3-1) will play the winner of the Mesa-Metro game at a time to be announced Friday at Mines. The RMAC championship is scheduled for Sunday with the tournament champion receiving an automatic berth to the NCAA Division II tournament.
The Orediggers’ Megan Woodworth scored two goals and assisted the third. The last two goals were scored in the final 20 minutes.
Mines took 14 shots and 11 on goal. Mesa goalkeeper Sarah Schnetzler made eight saves.
Mesa was limited to eight shots, two on goal.