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Senior Sam Burneo scored her first career goal with 4:23 left in regulation to lift the Colorado Mesa women’s soccer team to a 2-1 victory over Adams State on Friday at Walker Field.
The defender was happy just to win the game.
“It was a brutal game,” Burneo said. “It was pretty physical. It was a little ugly, too, but we pulled it off in the end. We need to come out Sunday and play better.”
Burneo scored on a rebound after Monica Carlos’ shot from the left side was tapped away by the Adams State goalkeeper, then hit the crossbar.
“Coach (Erin Sharpe) always tells us to play off the box, so once you give it up to someone else, demand it back,” Carlos said. “That’s what I did with Kendra (Penchoff). We had a nice one and two. I was looking far back post, which is where coach tells us to put it. Coach always tells us to take shots.”
The ball deflected off Leilani Wiernicki back to Burneo to the top of the penalty box.
“Right before the shot, Coach told me if the shot comes out, hit the ball, and it happened,” Burneo said.
Colorado Mesa (6-7, 5-4 RMAC) took 15 shots, including eight on goal. Adams State (4-5-4, 1-4-4 RMAC) had 11 shots, five on goal, and 10 fouls.
CMU goalkeeper Sarah Schnetzler made four saves.
“It wasn’t our best game today, but at the same time you’ve got to be happy with the win,” Sharpe said. “We knew it would be a tough game, but we know we can play better than that. We’ve got to play better than that against Regis.”
The Mavericks defeated Regis 3-0 earlier this year in Denver, but Sharpe said the game was closer than it appeared.
“They still have one of the more dangerous attacks in conference,” she said. “We can’t overlook them.”
Sharpe was pleased with the Mavericks’ offense.
“It’s amazing what happens when we create opportunities and shoot more,” Sharpe said. “We had a rough time with that last weekend, not taking advantage of shots when they were on, so that was a huge focus of ours today. We actually stepped up in that column. While I’m not pleased with our possession game, I’m pleased with our initiative to take more shots and get more goals.”
The Mavericks took a 1-0 lead in the first half when Carlos scored on a rebound in the goalkeeper box. The goal came shortly after a corner kick.
“We’ve had a lot of corners this year,” Carlos said. “I knew we had to put one in at least. After Tayler (Franklin) hit that ball, I saw it coming toward me, so I hit it. I thought it was going in off that header. Once it bounced back out, I was ready for that second ball.”
The Mavericks led 1-0 until the 56th minute. Adams State’s Jenna Iwaniec scored when the ball deflected off Schnetzler.
“Adams is a good team,” Sharpe said. “That’s a team still in a fight for the playoffs, so getting a win against them is fantastic.
“We’re a good possession team when we decide to do that.”