Game slip-slides away from Mavericks
Overtime goal glances off wet post in Metro's 2-1 victory
It’s been a season of heartbreak and heartache so far for the Colorado Mesa University women’s soccer team.
For the second consecutive game, the Mavericks lost on a late goal Sunday afternoon when Metro State’s Karisa Price scored in the 12th minute of overtime to lift the Roadrunners to a 2-1 victory over Mesa in the rain at Walker Field.
“It’s a heartbreaker,” CMU senior Tayler Franklin said. “We had the effort, we had the heart. We put it all out there. Sometimes, things don’t go your way. It gives us more reason, more motivation to work harder.”
Price’s shot hit the right goal post, but instead of bouncing back, the ball slid off the post and trickled into the left corner with 7:53 left in the second overtime.
“That was a very unlucky bounce,” CMU coach Erin Sharpe said. “That wasn’t even a shot. That’s a function of slick conditions and a little bit of an unlucky bounce.
“That was a fantastic effort by our team on both sides of the ball. On any given day, it could’ve gone either way. We have to bounce back and show up like that every day and we’ll see some results.”
Metro State (4-0-2, 2-0-0 RMAC) took advantage of the windy conditions in the first half to take a 1-0 lead in the seventh minute. Price scored on an assist from Zsuria Phare.
“That was a great goal they scored, a fantastic shot, but you’ve got to think the wind helped that shot,” Sharpe said. “That was a pea in the upper (corner). Unfortunately, we lost the toss and didn’t get the wind in the first half. That’s the way it bounces.”
The Mavericks (1-5-0, 0-2-0 RMAC) were unable to do much in the first half against the wind, but that quickly changed when the teams switched sides for the second half.
Franklin picked up a loose ball in front of the net and rocketed it past the Metro goalkeeper in the fifth minute to tie the game 1-1.
“We put numbers forward and put in the effort. With effort comes results,” Franklin said of her goal. “We’re glad to get the goal and equalize it. We’ll look for a win next week.”
The wind and both defenses settled down with neither team getting many good looks.
Metro State took 18 shots, eight on goal. Seven of the Mavs’ 10 shots were on goal.
“We were a bit disorganized in the first half, but we fixed that, which is why we were frustrating them,” Sharpe said. “Furthermore, if this wasn’t so slick when that ball hit that post, it probably would come right back out instead of slide off it.”
Although it was a tough way to lose, Sharpe saw improvement and a sign the Mavs could turn this rough start around.
“I told them keep your heads high because that effort I’ve seen today was the best I’ve seen this year,” Sharpe said. “That could’ve gone either way.
“This is what we’re capable of from an effort perspective. We’re capable of playing at this intensity. Let’s show up with this intensity next weekend.”
After a two-hour lightning delay, the game between Colorado Mesa and the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs was postponed. Pools of water began forming on the field, prompting CMU officials to call the game because of field conditions. The teams will play at 6 tonight at Walker Field.