Mesa women’s soccer team blanks Adams
The Colorado Mesa University women’s soccer team took the confidence it gained by nearly taking Fort Lewis to overtime Wednesday into Friday’s RMAC game at Adams State, blanking the Grizzlies 3-0.
Each team took 20 shots, but the Mavericks converted three of their 10 shots on goal, including Daniela Salinas’s second goal of the season that came in the second minute of play.
Salinas shot from the top of the goal box and beat Adams State keeper Christine Stemple into the upper right corner of the net for a 1-0 lead only 1:10 into the contest.
Colorado Mesa (4-4-0, 3-1-0 RMAC) scored at the 13:25 mark when Sara Islas took a long pass from Salinas in the midfield and beat the keeper to the left side. Sophia Whigham wrapped up the scoring with a header off a pass from the right side by Kelci Crispe.
Arielle Harris made seven saves for Mesa, which has won three of its past four matches.
The Mavericks’ woes continued, managing only six shots against CU-Colorado Springs in a 1-0 loss at Walker Field.
Mathew Cox scored at the 23:37 mark for the Mountain Lions, scoring on the right side. The Mavs had only two shots in the first half, with Jeremy Swerder’s shot saved by UCCS keeper Brandon Costa 13 minutes in to the game. The only other shot the Mavs took in the first half, an attempt by Brandon Burton, sailed high.
Caleb Ealey made seven saves for the Mavericks (0-7-1, 0-4-0 RMAC).
Colorado Mesa couldn’t bounce back from losing a pair of two-point games against Adams State, dropping a conference match 26-24, 25-23, 25-17 in Alamosa.
Rebecca Sellers and Kelly Regimbal each had eight kills and Antoinette McCormick seven for the Mavericks (3-9, 0-4 RMAC), who have lost five straight matches.
Despite a .000 hitting average in the second game (10 kills and 10 errors in 36 attacks), the Mavericks had a chance to win it. Down 23-18, Haleigh Higgins won three straight points on her serve to cut it to 23-21, and after Dominique Davis recorded one of her 12 kills for the Grizzlies, McCormick and Sellers recorded back-to-back kills, pulling the Mavericks within one, 24-23.
Letisha Spencer’s kill ended the second game, and the Mavericks fell behind 7-2 in the final game and could never catch up.