Aggressive game by Eastern New Mexico too much for Mesa State
There was some pushing and shoving and several fouls, but the team committing the fouls wasn’t the one that was frustrated.
Eastern New Mexico played a very aggressive game, winning 50-50 balls and leaving the Mesa State College men’s soccer team down and out.
The Greyhounds had nearly three times the number of fouls as Mesa State (22-8) and routed the Mavericks 5-1 on Sunday at Walker Field.
“We weren’t ready to play,” Mesa State coach Josh Pittman said. “The effort was not there. We were not focused and not organized. Effort includes discipline and being ready and we didn’t have that.”
The Greyhounds (3-2-2) scoring five goals on 19 shots (26 percent) while limiting Mesa (7-3-0) to one goal, which was a penalty kick, on 12 shots (8 percent).
Mesa goalkeeper Josh Tinaglia made six saves against his former school while Eastern New Mexico goalkeeper Grant Shanahan made five saves.
“It’s a great victory,” Eastern New Mexico coach Harold Munoz said. “It’s one of those type of things everything went our way. Everything went right.
“I think we won it in the midfield. They were the home team and had more pressure to win. We finished our chances on our counters.”
Michael James gave Eastern New Mexico a 1-0 lead when he kicked a loose ball in the goalkeeper box into the net at 20:50.
Nine minutes later, Emerson Rodrigues used his head to put the ball in the net off a cross from Edgar Bear for a 2-0 lead.
The stunned Mavericks took advantage of a Eastern New Mexico foul in the penalty box with a Marco Angelo penalty kick at 35:14. The Mavericks had a couple more shots before the half, but the 6-foot-4, 200-pound Shanahan was there.
Mesa State remained within a goal until the 55th minute when Rodrigues put a free kick over the Mesa line and just under the crossbar for a 3-1 lead.
The Greyhounds controlled the ball the rest of the way.
Jared Morris scored on an assist by Odilon Garcia for a comfortable 4-1 advantage then Garcia scored on an assist by Jerry Varpilah with 6:43 left to seal the Greyhounds victory.
“They played well,” Pittman said. “They capitalized on their opportunities. They were well-organized. They limited us to very few shots on goal.”
Mesa State returns to RMAC play Friday at No. 16 Metro State (6-2-1) and Sunday at Regis (1-5-1).