Briefs: Mesa State Sports Roundup October 03, 2008

Mesa soccer teams have tough tests this weekend

The Mesa State College men’s and women’s soccer teams learned some things about themselves last weekend.

After suffering embarrassing nonconference losses last weekend, the Mavericks’ soccer teams look to use those lessons to their advantage this weekend.

The men (7-3-0, 3-1-0 RMAC) played their “worst game of the season,” coach Josh Pittman said, in a 5-1 loss to Eastern New Mexico.

“The exciting thing is a bunch of teams have adjusted to the way we play,” Pittman said. “When they do, we need to find ways to beat teams. Tactically, we kept telling them what to do and we couldn’t solve it.”

The Mavericks (7-3-0, 3-1-0), who returned to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Poll at No. 24, visit No. 16 Metro State (6-2-1, 3-0-1 RMAC) at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, then visit Regis (2-5-1, 1-2-1 RMAC) at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday.

The Mesa women (7-3-0, 2-2-0 RMAC) bounced back to win two games in Hawaii last weekend after opening with a 3-1 loss to Hawaii-Hilo.

“We learned how to play on the road,” Mesa State coach Erin Sharpe said. “We found a way to win without having home-field advantage. Our schedule continues to be rough.”

The Mavericks, who returned from Hawaii on Tuesday, drive to Las Vegas, N.M., for a game against New Mexico Highlands (4-5-1, 1-3-0 RMAC) at 4 p.m. on Friday

On Sunday, the Mavs play at 1 p.m. at Regis (6-4-0, 3-1-0 RMAC).

Men’s Soccer

Last week: Mesa State defeated Westminster (Utah) 3-1, and lost 5-1 to Eastern New Mexico.

Today: The Mavericks visit No. 18 Metro State (6-2-1, 3-0-1 RMAC) at 3:30 p.m.

“Metro has the two best forwards in the RMAC. They have an aura about them. They are one of the
top programs in the country.” — Pittman

Sunday: Mesa State at Regis (2-5-1, 1-2-1 RMAC), 3:30 p.m.

“Regis has a tough schedule. They went to Europe in the preseason. I think that hurt them. I think that’s why they’re not off to the start people expected.” — Pittman

Women’s Soccer

Last week: Mesa State lost to Hawaii-Hilo 3-1, but defeated Hawaii Pacific 2-0 and BYU-Hawaii 1-0.

Today: Mesa State at New Mexico Highlands (4-5-1, 1-3-0 RMAC), 4 p.m.

“On paper, we have the advantage, but playing there will be much more difficult.” — Sharpe.

Sunday: Mesa State at Regis (6-4-0, 3-1-0 RMAC), 1 p.m.

“Regis is having a solid season. Typically, they have a strong side.” — Sharpe.


Cross Country

Last meet: Mesa State freshman Alexis Skarda took second in the Mavericks’ Pre-RMAC Invitational.

This week: Mesa State, ranked seventh in the region, competes in the CU Rocky Mountain Shootout.

Noteworthy: Eight of the 13 RMAC women’s cross country programs will participate in the meet.

“This will tell us what we need to do to compete in the RMAC. UCCS is a real challenge. The closer

Alexis gets to their No. 1 runner, the better for us.” — Mesa coach Gig Leadbetter.

College Tennis

• Mesa men defeat Neb.-Kearney

Nick Provenza and the Mesa State College men’s soccer team kept its perfect record in tact Thursday, defeating Nebraska-Kearney 6-3 in Kearney, Neb.

Provenza (4-0) defeated Noriaki Naruse 6-0, 6-2 at No. 3 singles as the Mavericks (4-0) won four of the six singles and two of the three doubles matches.

Mesa’s Jordan Chomko defeated Josh Raymond 6-4, 6-4 at No. 1 singles, Rashad Khamis won 6-2, 6-0 at No. 2 and Kevin Nydam won 6-1, 6-4 at No. 4.

The Mavericks conclude the fall season in the Wilson Intercollegiate Tennis Association Central Regional tournament, beginning today in Kearney.


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