CMU women come up short in home finale
For 86 minutes, the Colorado Mesa University women’s soccer team hung with Regis University.
It was not enough.
Regis scored a late goal, stunning Colorado Mesa 1-0 in its home finale Sunday afternoon at Walker Field.
The Mavericks were wearing pink jerseys, which were auctioned off after the game to raise money for Swing For Life Foundation to benefit breast cancer research.
“That was painful,” CMU coach Erin Sharpe said. “That is an example of the evils of this game called soccer.”
Both teams have qualified for the RMAC tournament and are looking to improve their seeds for the tournament and in the South Central Region poll for the NCAA tournament.
Regis (11-4-1, 9-2-1 RMAC) is tied for first place in the RMAC standings and would host the RMAC semifinals and championship if it wins its final two games next weekend on the road. The Rangers are ranked sixth in the NCAA South Central Region.
Colorado Mesa (9-4-3, 6-4-2 RMAC) is in sixth place, but could finish as high as fourth if it wins both games next weekend and gets some help. The Mavericks are ranked seventh in the South Central Region.
The Rangers had plenty of scoring opportunities with seven shots on goal, but it was a unexpected shot that found its way into the net.
Meghan Stuart’s corner kick in the 87th minute went untouched, bouncing into the far corner of the net.
“It was just a fluky thing,” Sharpe said. “It’s not very common to play the corner kicks low, and they faked us out.
“We’re all sort of a little bit stunned and trying to figure out what happened. It was one of those, I think, everybody thought the next person was going to clear it.”
Mesa goalkeeper Sarah Schnetzler saved the other six shots on goal, including three rockets early in the second half.
“You knew it would be a break for either team to get a result and hopefully not a mistake,” Regis coach JB Belzer said. “While for Mesa, it could be construed as a mistake, those are difficult to deal with when there is a lot of traffic in front of the keeper. It kind of bounced through. I don’t know if that was a Mesa mistake, but bad luck.
“Schnetzler made some outstanding saves. She’s a very good keeper.”
The Mavericks took 10 shots, several over or wide of the net. Regis goalkeeper Brianna Randall had three saves.
Mesa played without defender Lauren Brouse, who received two yellow cards in the Mavs’ 1-0 victory Friday over Metro State. Another defender, Sam Burneo, was injured with nearly 30 minutes left and didn’t return.