Dixie gets the best of Mavs
Even in the final minutes of Friday’s 1-0 loss to Dixie State, the Colorado Mesa University men’s soccer team had no problem’s getting the ball inside and creating shots.
After struggling all game to get shots, the Mavericks came out of a lightning delay with 25 minutes left in the game with an emphasis on offense. Problem was, they couldn’t capitalize.
“That’s been the story for us right now,” CMU coach Josh Pittman said. “We’ve had a couple very good opportunities and we’re not capitalizing. The other team is and it’s changing the game.”
Pittman said the game, much like the scoring issue, was determined by the inability to execute.
The Mavericks allowed the only goal of the game in the 20th minute when Dixie midfielder Nyle Ortiz, who attacked the goal as part of a cluster of players, headed the ball past Mesa goalie Caleb Ealey on a corner kick from Tyler Albretsen.
“When we needed people to clear the ball on corner kicks and we weren’t able to clear it, (Dixie) executed and scored,” Pittman said.
Dixie took control by the 18th minute, and logged three shots from the 18th minute until Ortiz’s goal in the 20th.
The Mavericks finished the half down seven shots to three and had only one shot on goal.
The offense slowly started to work back in the second half and came out of the 30-minute lightning delay with plenty of opportunities.
With 16 minutes left, forward Danny Molineaux passed the ball inside the box to Ivan Goldberg, who was within feet of the goal. Dixie goalie Billy Segal made a sliding save.
With nine minutes left, Bashiru Ali broke free on a run to the goal but missed a shot wide to the left. The Mavericks had two more scoring opportunities in the final minute, but were unable to get shots off.
The Mavericks play Adams State on Sunday in a nonconference game.
“We have to come out here and play well, get our confidence back, and finish,” Pittman said. “Once the ball gets in the back of the net and gets that monkey off our back, I think we’ll be OK.”
What a difference 24 hours made for the Mavericks.
One night after struggling in a three-game loss to Dixie State, the Mavericks played their best volleyball of the season so far in a three-game sweep of the University of Mary in the Holiday Inn Crossroads Classic at Brownson Arena.
Colorado Mesa (2-4) ran past Mary 25-14, 29-27, 25-14, making only 11 hitting errors in 98 attempts. The Mavericks’ 46 kills gave them a hitting percentage of .357, and in two of the three games hit over .450, with only two errors in each game.
Kelly Regimbal had 13 kills and Rebecca Sellers 10, with freshman Melissa Hess right behind with nine. The timing of the offense clicked with freshman setter Jordyn Moody, who had 36 assists.
After Regimbal recorded a solo block to wrap up the first game, the Mavericks had to gut out the second game.
They trailed 23-21, but Sellers recorded a kill and Moody tied the game with a kill off a pass by Megan Rush, and Moody and Antoinette McCormick teamed up on a block for a 24-23 lead.
Mary came back to tie it, and the teams went back and forth until it was tied at 27-27. Regimbal’s attack gave Mesa a 28-27 lead and Hess put it away with a kill.
From there, the Mavericks rolled, taking an 18-10 lead in the third game on an ace by Sellers. Mesa scored seven of the next 11 points, again, with Sellers taking a pass from Moody on match point.