Mesa soccer seasons end in RMAC tournament
Colorado Mesa’s men’s soccer team had its chances, but couldn’t get one to find the net.
The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs defeated the Mavericks 1-0 on Wednesday night in the first round of the RMAC men’s soccer tournament in Colorado Springs.
“The second half, we controlled the game,” CMU coach Josh Pittman said. “We had our chances, but they did a great job defending. We had a couple in the box. Blake Carlson had a header, but it went right to the goalkeeper.”
Mesa (8-7-4) dominated play, taking 12 shots to six for UCCS. Each team had four on goal. UCCS was whistled for 18 fouls to Mesa’s nine.
The Mountain Lions’ James Roberts scored his fifth goal of the season on a shot over Mesa goalkeeper Micah Conrads’ head in the upper left corner in the 17th minute.
“We made a mistake in the midfield and turned it over,” Pittman said. “We were slow to recover and their guy hit a shot about 20 yards out.”
The Mountain Lions (9-8-1) advance to the RMAC semifinals to play Regis, the top seed and the No. 1-ranked team in the nation, on Friday at Regis.
Mesa junior midfielder Marco Escobar made the All-RMAC first team, announced Wednesday. Carlson made the second team. Sophomore defender Phil Neuwirth, Conrads and freshman midfielder Nestor Escobar made the third team.
Injuries and Metro State’s attack were too much for the Mavericks.
Metro State scored two goals in the second half to defeat Colorado Mesa 2-0 in Denver.
“Our first half was fantastic,” CMU coach Erin Sharpe said. “We were right there. I thought we were going to win this game. We ran out of gas.
“The back line put up a valiant effort. It seemed like it was Metro versus our back line. They have three very talented forwards. Both of their goals were two of best scored on us all year. We gave it what we could.”
Metro (13-4-2) advances to the RMAC semifinals against No. 2 seed Colorado School of Mines. Mesa (9-7-3) ended its season.
Metro’s Karisa Price scored in the 67th minute then assisted Brandi Farley’s goal in the 79th minute.
The Roadrunners won their first RMAC tournament game in three years and snapped a three-game losing streak to Mesa.
Daniela Salinas broke a foot and Leilani Wiernicki injured an ankle during the game. Both were taken to an area hospital for further evaluation.
“Daniela played through it a good portion of the second half and it happened late in the first half,” Sharpe said. “Leliani went down just before their second goal and played through it.”
Wiernicki made the All-RMAC first team, announced Wednesday.
Colorado Mesa freshman forward Sarah Pope made the second team. Senior defender Jessica Kent, sophomore goalkeeper Sarah Schnetzler and junior defender Sam Burneo made the third team.
The Mavericks were without Darion Wiegert and Tayler Franklin because of injuries.