Colorado Mesa soccer teams take a tumble

Sunday was a rough day on the soccer pitch for Colorado Mesa, with the No. 12 men’s team giving up two penalty-kick goals in a 3-1 loss to CU-Colorado Springs, and the women’s team being shut out by No. 8 Colorado Mines.

The men got a first-half goal by Moshe Perez, which bounced off the UCCS keeper’s hands and across the goal line, but the Mountain Lions controlled the second half.

A one-timer off a cross beat Briley Guarneri less than three minutes into the second half to tie the game, and foul-plagued CMU then gave up a pair of penalty kicks.

The first came at the 54:44 mark after a foul, with Blake Barnes scoring for a 2-1 lead.

After a yellow card on Slater Elkind and a successive yellow card on the CMU bench at the 63:12 mark, Barnes netted his second penalty kick of the game. Despite taking eight shots the rest of the way, the Mavericks (9-2-1, 5-2-1 RMAC) were turned away by UCCS (4-6-2, 4-2-2).

The women’s team didn’t get off a shot in the first half, but withstood a 14-shot barrage by the Orediggers, allowing only one first-half goal in a 3-0 loss at Walker Field.

The first goal came midway through the first half off a rebound, but the Orediggers (9-1-1, 6-0-1) added a pair of goals in the second half, one from 30 yards out and another on a free kick.

Colorado Mesa (6-6-0, 3-4-0 ended the shut out when Hannah Naftanel scored on a free kick just outside the box in the 78th minute.


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