Inability to finish leads to loss for Mavs

Mesa State soccer midfielder Sam Dixon, right, and Fransisco Rivero of Dixie State College fight each other to get to a header during a match at Walker Field Sunday. Mesa lost 1-0 to the Utah college.


Sam Dixon and the Mesa State College men’s soccer team attacked with relentlessness.

The Mavericks kept the ball in Dixie State (Utah) College territory most of the game, but
came up short Sunday in a 1-0 loss at Walker Field.

“We didn’t finish,” Mesa State coach Josh Pittman said. “There’s nothing more I need to say.

We created chances in the box, but didn’t score.

“We need someone to do something big for us.”

The Red Storm (1-1-0), a second-year program, scored the only goal with 16 seconds left in the first half when Jordan Roylance chipped a shot over Mesa goalkeeper Josh Tinaglia. It was assisted by Kevin Young.

“I thought they had one player we were concerned about,” Pittman said. “We gave him a chance and he scored it. He did against Fort Lewis (in a 3-1 Dixie loss on Friday).”

Mesa State (0-2-1) took 14 shots, including four on goal, but was shut out for the second consecutive game. The Mavericks have two goals on 54 shot attempts, including 19 on goal this season.

Dixon led the Mavericks with five shots, two on goal, including a penalty kick in the game’s 48th minute. Dixie State freshman goalkeeper Tyler McAninch, though, was able to stop Dixon’s attempt for the right corner. It was Mesa’s second missed penalty kick attempt of the season.

Dixon rushed in anticipating a deflection and was issued a yellow card as McAninch secured the ball. Dixon received a second yellow card with 27 seconds left in the game for arguing with the head referee and will have to sit out Mesa’s next game, Friday at Grand Canyon (Ariz.) University.

That is a problem for the Mavericks, who played without eight players Sunday, mostly because of injuries. Forward Andy Cornia, who led Mesa in goals last season, is out for disciplinary reasons.

“That’s no excuse,” Pittman said. “I thought we were a stronger team. They’re good. I like Dixie, they are going to be great program.

“Despite our record, the losses, there are a lot of positive things we’ll take forward into RMAC and into next weekend. We’re just doing it to ourselves right now.”


Grand Canyon (Ariz.) University scored with 5:33 left in regulation to defeat Mesa State 1-0 in Phoenix.

The Lopes’ Kayla Poe scored on a loose ball after Mesa goalkeeper Alicia Kahler deflected a previous shot.

The Mavericks (3-1-0) were limited to four shots, three on goal in their first loss of the season.

Grand Canyon (3-0-0) took 14 shots and six on goal. Kahler had five saves.


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