Briefs: Mesa State soccer, Sept. 19, 2009
Offense usually isn’t a problem for the Mesa State College women’s soccer team.
The Mavericks, though, had trouble mounting an attack Friday afternoon at Walker Field.
Colorado School of Mines defeated Mesa 2-0 in an RMAC game. It was the Mavericks’ second shutout loss of the season.
“That’s something we need to take ownership for,” Mesa State coach Erin Sharpe said.
“Today we played reactive soccer, not proactive soccer. It was too slow for the RMAC. You can’t play a team like Mines, which is a regional and national contender, and not player faster than what we did.”
Mesa (5-2-0, 2-1-0 RMAC) managed only one shot in the first half as Mines (6-1-0, 2-1-0 RMAC) controlled play.
Mines senior forward Kayla Mitchell scored in the 36th minute on an assist by Kim Lockard for a 1-0 lead. It was her seventh career goal against Mesa.
“She’s not only lightning fast, she’s very technical and a very smart player,” Sharpe said.
“She’s the complete package.”
Mesa was more aggressive in the second half, taking four shots, including one on goal, but it wasn’t enough.
“The second half was definitely better,” Sharpe said. “We have yet to put together a game where we play well for 90 minutes. You can’t come back in the second half against a team this strong and expect to be successful by starting from scratch at half.”
The Orediggers held on to the one-goal lead until 12:45 left in the game when Jessica Stark’s header found the net. Stark’s goal was assisted by Kelsey Lang.
Mines took 11 shots, five on goal. Mesa State goalkeeper Julia Rasmussen made three saves.
Mesa State was shut out for the fourth time in six games.
Colorado School of Mines midfielder Ted Decker’s goal was enough to give the 9th-ranked Orediggers a 1-0 victory at Walker Field.
Decker kicked in a loose ball off a corner kick in the 76th minute.
“They are deadly on set pieces,” Mesa State coach Josh Pittman said. “We get quality service, but we’re not on target with our shots. When we do, it’s right at the keeper.”
Mesa (0-5-1, 0-1-0 RMAC) took 11 shots, but had only five on goal.
Freshman forward Evans Afriyie had a breakaway in the third minute of the second half, but Mines goalkeeper Manville Strand took the ball before Afriyie took a shot. Sophomore Ryan McClanahan had an opportunity, but headed it over the net a few minutes later.
Mines (5-0-2, 1-0-0 RMAC) took 16 shots, 12 on goal. Mesa senior goalkeeper Josh Tinaglia kept the Mavs in the game with 11 saves, including some attempts from inside the penalty box.