Metro silences Mesa women’s soccer team in second half
Mesa State had the sixth-ranked Metro State women’s soccer team cornered, but the Roadrunners escaped Friday night with a 4-1 RMAC victory at Walker Field.
Metro State (12-1-0, 9-0-0 RMAC) rallied to score four goals in the second half after giving up its first goal in three games late in the first half. The Roadrunners won their 10th straight game and have scored at least four goals in six consecutive games.
“We were dangerous until minute 90,” Mesa State coach Erin Sharpe said. “Metro didn’t make one sub in the second half. That was a really good game.
“What I’m encouraged by is the fact we did that against the No. 6 team in the country. That was great preparation for us to be ready for Fort Lewis and Regis. If we upset Fort Lewis and Regis and win the other games we’re supposed to win, we’re going to get an NCAA bid. You couldn’t have better preparation than we did tonight.”
Mesa (7-6-0, 4-5-0 RMAC), ranked seventh in the NCAA Division II Central Region poll, scored with 1:55 left in the first half. Kira Brannan and Megan Swan threaded the ball to Dany Ramirez, who tapped the ball past Metro goalkeeper Becca Maloney in the left corner for a 1-0 halftime lead.
Mesa’s goal was the first scored against Metro State in three games.
Metro State answered with two goals in the first five minutes of the second half to take a 2-1 lead.
Jen Thomas dribbled past the defense and scored from the left side to tie the game, then former Mesa forward Ashley Nemmers netted a rebound off the post for the lead. Metro scored on an own goal when Mesa’s Natali Koen failed to clear a shot in the 75th minute, and Metro’s Becca Mays scored her 16th goal of the season on an assist from Ashley Munchiando in the 89th minute.
Metro State took 22 shots, including 16 in the second half. The Roadrunners had 12 shots on goal. Mesa goalkeeper Alicia Kahler made eight saves, including some one-on-one opportunities.
Mesa State had six shots, including four on goal.
Metro State scored on a set play early in the second half and held on for a 1-0 victory over Mesa State in Denver.
Ri Armstrong scored on an assist from Jack Belanger at 46:47 for the game’s only goal.
The Roadrunners (7-4-1, 4-2-1) controlled play the rest of the way, taking 21 shots and limiting Mesa State (2-9-1, 2-5-0 RMAC) to five shots.
Mesa goalkeeper Josh Tinaglia made nine saves.
Mesa State cruised past Colorado Christian, needing only 1 hour, 16 minutes in a 25-20, 25-10, 25-18 sweep, their third straight three-game win.
Antoinette McCormick led the Mavericks with 10 kills and only two hitting errors. Gabrielle Lovato added nine kills and Meagan Bosch six.
Ali Tompkins had 10 digs for Mesa State (11-8, 9-1 RMAC), which faces No. 18 Metro State today in Denver. Meredith Dolny had four aces.
Middle hitter Lindsey Jefferson returned to the court for the first time since the opening match of the season because of a high ankle sprain. Jefferson played in two of the three games, recording three kills in six attempts, with one solo block and one block assist.