Briefs: Mesa State Soccer Sept. 12, 2009
• Mesa tops Adams in soccer
Girls may just want to have fun, but sometimes they need to be reminded.
After a pep talk at halftime Friday night, the Mesa State College women’s soccer team came out relaxed in the second half and had more fun. The Mavericks (4-1-0, 1-0-0 RMAC) scored all five of their goals in the second half to defeat Adams State College 5-0 in each team’s RMAC opener Friday night at Walker Field.
“Our coaches gave us a little bit of a talk that it wasn’t good enough and all we had to do was go out there and prove it,” Mesa senior captain Kira Brannan said. “The most inspirational thing was our assistant (Andy Varns) said, ‘You guys just need to go have fun.’ We put so much pressure on ourselves, sometimes we forget that’s why we play, for fun. That helped us relax.
“We play possession. If you’re not relaxed, you can’t play possession.”
The midfielder was one of five players to score a goal. Nine players have scored the Mavs’ 13 goals this season.
“For me, what’s so important tonight is not only that we won by more than one goal, plus we had two defenders score, two midfielders score and a forward score,” Mesa coach Erin Sharpe said.
Defender Natali Koen scored on a corner kick for the first goal in the first minute of the second half. Koen booted the corner kick off the Adams goalkeeper’s hand before Rachelle Ormond could get her head on the ball.
Less than three minutes later, Kelly Husky chipped a shot over the goalkeeper in the top left corner for a 2-0 lead. It was her first goal of the season.
A few minutes later, Adams State (2-3-0, 0-1-0 RMAC) finally took its first shot. The Grizzlies had four shots in the game.
Brannan gave the Mavs a 3-0 lead on a shot in the top far corner of the box in the 65th minute.
The Mavericks snapped out of their scoring slump, but still came up short in the final score.
No. 23-ranked Grand Canyon (Ariz.) University scored in final minute of regulation to defeat Mesa 3-2 in Phoenix.
Behind 15 kills from Tessa Andrews, Mesa State won its RMAC opener in a three-game sweep at New Mexico Highlands, 25-18, 25-19, 25-22.
Andrews was the only Mesa State player to reach double figures in kills. Middle hitter Antoinette McCormick had five kills, three aces, two solo blocks and was in on two other blocks for the Mavericks (3-7, 1-0 RMAC).