Mav soccer players come full circle

Amerman, Tinaglia end soccer careers how they started: together

Photo by Dean Humphrey—Mesa State’s Tyler Amerman takes a centering shot—- Sent as Mesa Soc Amerman v Dixie

Photo by Dean Humphrey—Mesa State’s Tyler Amerman takes a centering shot—- Sent as Mesa Soc Amerman v Dixie


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Mesa State is looking to end a two-game losing streak and hold on to an RMAC tournament berth.

The Mavericks (8-8-0, 5-7-0 RMAC) are in sixth place, only one point ahead of Colorado Christian (7-6-3, 4-6-2 RMAC) and two points ahead of Adams State (6-10-1, 4-8-1 RMAC) with four games left. The top six teams qualify for the RMAC tournament.

“If we don’t take care of business and win, we could move to eighth (in the RMAC),” Mesa coach Erin Sharpe said. “We’ve beaten (Colorado Christian) already this year, but we’ve got to play well for 90 minutes. We beat ourselves Sunday and were not ready to play.”

Mesa hosts Colorado Christian at 2 p.m. on Friday at Walker Field, then plays at noon Sunday at Nebraska-Kearney (1-14-1, 0-11-1 RMAC).

The Mavericks are eighth in the NCAA Central Regional poll, with the top six getting NCAA tournament bids.


The second half of the West Division schedule begins for the division-leading Mavericks on Friday night against CSU-Pueblo. Mesa State (13-9, 11-2 RMAC) is in the midst of a six-match homestand, with both matches this weekend beginning at 7 p.m. On Saturday, Adams State, which is in second place in the West, comes to Brownson Arena.

Mesa State went 6-0 against the West Division the first go-round.

The Mavericks have won 12 of their past 14 matches, with the only losses a pair of five-game battles, one to Colorado School of Mines and the other to fifth-ranked Nebraska-Kearney. Both times, Mesa State bounced back with three-game sweeps of the next opponent. In fact, eight of Mesa State’s past 12 wins have been sweeps — the Mavs have not been swept since the opening weekend of the season.

Friday’s match is the Mavs’ annual “Swing for LIfe” as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Mavericks will be wearing pink jerseys, with several items up for auction. General admission is $7, and all proceeds go to the St. Mary’s Cancer Survivorship Program and the Swing for Life Foundation. Fans are encouraged to wear pink to the match.

Cross Country

Mesa State has won two team titles and placed second in another event this season, and will find out where it stands against the conference’s best in the RMAC Championships 6-kilometer race at 10 a.m. on Saturday at Washington Park in Denver.

The 11th-ranked Mavericks are led by returning All-American Alexis Skarda, who has won three races this season and took second in another. She’s posted a time of 22 minutes, 44 seconds in her only 6K race this season.

Kelsey Follett, Esmeralda Martinez-Ramos, Paula Hogue and Brooke Bosman provide the depth that will help Mesa challenge fourth-ranked Adams State and 14th-ranked Western State for the RMAC title.

Mesa coach Gig Leadbetter said Colorado School of Mines, ranked 22nd in the nation, could surprise people and challenge Mesa.

They started their soccer careers together and will end them together.

Mesa State College seniors Tyler Amerman and Josh Tinaglia will play their final college home games this weekend when the Mavericks (2-11-2, 2-7-1 RMAC) host Regis and 25th-ranked Metro State. Mesa plays Regis (7-3-4, 5-1-4 RMAC) at 7 p.m. on Friday and Metro State (9-4-2, 6-2-2 RMAC) at noon Sunday at Walker Field.

“We’ve talked about how weird it’s going to be. Since we were 8 years old we played club soccer together,” Amerman said. “Now that it’s over, it’s like, ‘What are we going to do with our free time?’ We’ve got to find a hobby. I’m going to work on my golf swing.”

The end of more than 16 years of organized soccer is still hard for Tinaglia to fathom.

“All our conversations at the house have been about our last season,” Tinaglia said. “It’s kind of weird, we’ve been playing together for so long. It’s hard to think this is going to be the last serious round. It’s almost sad really.”

The Littleton student-athletes first met in club soccer. They were often on the same team until high school, when they played against each other. Amerman went to Chatfield High School and Tinaglia went to Heritage High School.

After high school, Amerman went to Midland Lutheran (Neb.) College and Tinaglia went to Eastern New Mexico University.

Amerman, though, didn’t like Midland Lutheran and was looking for another school when former Mesa State women’s soccer player Nicole Teiffel told Amerman’s parents about Mesa starting a men’s program.

Amerman came for a tryout and was invited to come back and play for the team.

“I liked it a lot,” Amerman said. “With the stadium, it’s a great atmosphere. I got involved with the community with the local kids at club soccer. That was cool because I’ve never done that before. It was a good fit for me.”

Amerman kept in touch with Tinaglia, who wasn’t liking his experience at Eastern New Mexico.

“(Amerman) calls me and tells me about tryouts here,” Tinaglia said. “I couldn’t make it, but he came to (Mesa coach Josh) Pittman and said, ‘I know this really good goalkeeper I want you to talk to.’ My dad called Pittman and said, ‘My son wants to play here.’ Tyler set me up for coming here, really. If it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t be standing here.”

Both of them have played a big role in building the program from scratch.

“They’ve been huge for us,” Pittman said. “Obviously, this year is disappointing for them to go out like this. The impact they’ll have on the program will go far beyond this year.

“Tyler has filled a number of rolls for us. Obviously, if we don’t have Josh, there’s no way we have 19 wins in our program’s history.”

Amerman was a midfielder at Midland Lutheran, but found himself playing several positions for the Mavericks.

“Tyler came in as a center midfielder, then we moved him to outside (full)back, then we moved him to outside midfielder and he did a great job there,” Pittman said. “On Monday, he went back to center mid for a while. He’s done a great of playing that role. There hasn’t been any complaining. As a coach, you can’t ask for anything more.”

Tinaglia, a two-time All-Academic RMAC selection, has started 43 games in goal for Mesa State.

It’s been a great experience for the roommates, who are both studying sports management. Tinaglia is on pace to graduate in the spring and Amerman next fall.

“Everything fell into place,” Amerman said. “We end our college career together and we ended our club career together. It was cool having him around all these years.”


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