Briefs: Mesa State Soccer Roundup Aug. 28, 2009
The Mesa State College men’s soccer team was already playing short-handed in its season opener.
The Mavericks, who played their first game of the 2009 season Thursday night without two returning starters, lost two more players to injuries and settled for a 2-2 tie with first-year program Adams State at Walker Field.
“It was terrible,” Mesa State coach Josh Pittman said. “It was a frustrating start. Two forwards are injured, one is out for the rest of the season. We did badly in game one, but we’ve got to fight back.”
Returning starters Andy Cornia and Jake Jobe didn’t play, but Pittman wouldn’t say why or how long they would be out. Cornia, a forward, led the Mavericks in goals last season. Jobe is a defender.
Junior forward Reese Kegans injured his right leg in the first half and didn’t return. His status for Sunday’s noon game against St. Mary’s (Texas) is uncertain.
Mesa’s other starting forward, freshman Brandon Burton, was injured in the second minute of overtime when he was tackled in the penalty box. Pittman said Burton broke his collarbone and is out for the season.
Mesa (0-0-1) was rewarded a penalty kick after Burton was taken down by Adams State goalkeeper Jarod Thomas. Sophomore midfielder Marco Angelo’s attempt hit the left post and ricocheted out to the right side and was eventually cleared.
It was one of 28 shots for Mesa, including 10 on goal. Thomas saved eight shots.
“The guys that were in there worked their butts off,” Pittman said. “We have to finish our chances and create better chances.
“You can pass the ball all you want back here, but unless you are in the final third being dangerous taking chances to score ... We didn’t do that today.”
The Mavericks needed only four shots to score three goals and defeat Winona State (Minn.) University 3-1 in Kearney, Neb.
The Warriors (0-1) scored first, but Mesa (1-0) answered with a goal from freshman Jessica Kent. Junior forward Dany Ramirez scored in the 28th minute for a 2-1 lead.
Kira Brannan added a goal early in the second half, and Julia Rasmussen and the defense shut down Winona the rest of the way.
“Three out of four isn’t bad and we scored in ways we’ve really been working on, off a corner kick, our midfield going back and getting involved,” Mesa coach Erin Sharpe said. “Kira made an amazing strike and Dany followed a shot. Those are three weaknesses we’ve really improved on.”
Rasmussen made four saves in the second half. Junior transfer Alicia Kahler made two saves in the first half.
It was the first college soccer game ever played at Ron & Carol Cope Stadium at Foster Field.
Mesa State plays Wayne State (Neb.) College at 4:30 this afternoon in Kearney.