Outburst sends Regis past CMU men
Regis University scored three goals in a 10-minute span and held on to defeat Colorado Mesa University 3-2 in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference men’s soccer Sunday in Denver.
“We were playing very well and we made three mistakes,” CMU coach Josh Pittman said.
Alex Tarnoczi gave the Rangers (8-0-1, 6-0) a 1-0 lead in the 22nd minute on a free kick, but it was the second and third goals that made it difficult for the Mavericks to rally. The Rangers’ Martin Maybin stole the ball from Mesa and scored from about 25 yards out at 29:26. Four seconds later, Tarnoczi scored again on a run and long pass from Maybin.
Colorado Mesa (5-3-1, 3-2) didn’t let Regis do much on offense the rest of the game.
Junior defender Skyler Roy scored in the 37th minute for the Mavericks, and midfielder Michael Bagheri scored in the 81st minute to get Mesa within one goal. The Mavericks nearly tied it in the 89th minute when Alan Hernandez hit the post on a free kick.
Mesa outshot Regis 11-9.
Regis scored two goals in the first five minutes and defeated No. 13 Colorado Mesa 3-1 in a battle for first place in the RMAC.
The Rangers (7-2-1, 5-0-1) handed the Mavericks (7-1-2, 4-1-1) their first loss since knocking Mesa out of the NCAA Division II tournament last year in the Central Regional.
“We came out way too flat,” CMU coach Erin Sharpe said. “Regis is very fast and dangerous. There’s a lot to be learned from it.”
Sidney Otto scored her fifth goal of the season 69 seconds into the contest, and Marissa Davis scored three minutes later. Davis added her seventh goal of the season early in the second half for a 3-0 lead.
Mesa junior forward Renae McFadden scored in the 66th minute.
“Sarah (Pope) had a beautiful shot, and Renae headed it in,” Sharpe said. “We had other chances we should’ve capitalized on.”
The Mavericks took 19 shots, nine on goal. Regis took 26 shots, including 13 on goal. Mesa goalkeeper Sarah Schnetzler made 10 saves.