Mesa State men’s soccer team surges with three-goal game
A three-goal game was just what the Mesa State College men’s soccer team needed to start the season.
The Mavericks handled Colorado Christian in Lakewood on Friday for a 3-0 nonconference victory. Sam Dixon, Nathan Poirier and Ben Medina each scored for the Mavericks.
Dixon took a crossing pass from Steve Shaw for the first goal of the game, and Poirier followed that with his goal.
“The ball was played wide to Shaw, and Steve played it down the line to Danny Molineaux and Danny took a couple of dribbles and crossed it to Nathan, who put it in from about 15 yards away,” coach Josh Pittman said.
Shaw was tackled in the goal box and Medina made good on the penalty kick and the defense finished it off.
“The defense played solid and Chris Raines was very good in goal,” Pittman said. “They had one really good shot and Chris made a great diving save late in the game. It was a beautiful play by Christian and a great save by our player.”
The Mavericks dominated Augustana (S.D.), taking 14 shots and allowing only two, coming away with a 1-0 victory in Durango.
“First game, the nerves were up, a 2,000-foot elevation change and we’ve got a roster full of sea-level players,” coach Erin Sharpe said. “We were playing on grass and I think that all affected us but we sure were knocking, we just couldn’t put it away again.”
Dany Ramirez’s goal off a rebound was enough the way the defense played. Tayler Franklin’s shot deflected off the keeper and Ramirez was there for the goal.
“Veronica Rodriguez played a great through ball to Tayler,” Sharpe said. “We had just subbed both of them in a couple of minutes before. Tayler’s shot deflected off the keeper and Dany cleaned it up.”
Sharpe was impressed by her defensive line’s play.
“The fact that they were restricted to two shots doesn’t mean they didn’t have their work cut out for them,” Sharpe said. “The back line did a tremendous job, very organized, and prevented a lot of shots.”
Antoinette McCormick was front and center for the Mavericks, recording 24 kills in two matches at the Oredigger Classic in Golden.
The Mavericks’ junior middle hitter had 11 kills in a 25-17, 25-20, 25-21 sweep of Augustana and followed that with a 13-kill performance in a 25-19, 25-19 25-20 win over Minnesota State-Moorhead.
In her collegiate debut, freshman outside hitter Sarah Kemp had 10 kills against Augustana and six against Moorhead.
“Antoinette played really, really well,” coach Dave Fleming said. “Sarah Kemp made a lot of good things happen on the floor, blocked really well (seven solo blocks and two assists), she’s a very smart volleyball player. Boscher (Meagan Bosch) was very, very solid.”
Bosch had five kills and 13 digs against Augustana and eight kills and 10 digs against Moorhead.
Mesa’s defense dominated play, with 12 blocks and 52 digs against Augustana and 50 digs and 10 blocks against Moorhead.
“We were pretty balanced,” Fleming said. “Antoinette was unstoppable and that opens up everything.”