CMU women win thriller over Skyhawks
Jason Clare got the result he knew the Colorado Mesa women’s soccer team was capable of producing.
Friday night, the Mavericks picked up a much-needed 2-1 victory over Fort Lewis, which entered the night tied for second in the RMAC standings with the Mavericks in eighth place.
The victory moved Colorado Mesa (6-5-2, 4-3-1 RMAC) into sixth place, just behind the Skyhawks (6-5-1, 5-3-0).
It wasn’t without last-minute drama, though.
Mesa turned the ball over after a goal kick to midfield and Fort Lewis’ Courtney Riley split a pair of defenders on the run, closing in for a one-on-one chance against CMU’s Katelyn Houston. Her shot, with 11 seconds to play, went wide left.
After playing a scoreless first half, Mackenzie King struck first for Mesa, finding the upper right-hand corner of the net on a 35-yard free kick four minutes into the second half.
Midway through the half, Alexis Allard gathered in a pass off a defender and scored a top-shelf goal for a 2-0 lead. It was the second goal of the season for both King and Allard.
Roy Abergil’s two goals gave him 19 for the season, still second among Division II players, in the No. 24 Mavericks’ 4-0 rout of CSU-Pueblo, their eighth shutout of the season.
Colorado Mesa (10-1-3, 9-0-1) scored three goals in the first 29 minutes of the game, and it didn’t take Abergil long to get it started, taking a pass from Moshe Perez and scoring only 3:11 into the game.
Luis Schraidt made it 2-0 less than two minutes later, then Perez scored an unassisted goal at the 28:29 mark.
Abergil’s second goal, nearly 15 minutes into the second half, came off a rebound.
Only one game separated Colorado Mesa and Colorado Christian in the RMAC standings, and they played like two evenly matched teams.
The Mavericks (14-3, 8-1) claimed a five-set victory at Brownson Arena, 25-20, 23-25, 25-18, 26-28, 15-10.
Four players reached double figures in digs, with Taylor Woods recording 22, MacKenzie Edwards 16, including diving for a ball to keep the point alive late in the fifth set, Kricket Adleman 13 and Naomi Pinnecoose 11.
Allison Smith led Mesa’s attack with 24 kills, with Edwards right behind with 23 and Alyssa Chutka 11. Ali Svorinic fed Mesa’s .261 hitting efficiency with 64 assists.