Loss to Regis costs Mesa shot a home playoff game
Mavs miss a chance
The Mesa State College women’s soccer team missed a good opportunity Friday, but it has a better one Sunday.
The Mavericks, who already clinched an RMAC tournament berth, had a chance to move up in the standings and in the all-important regional rankings.
Instead, Regis defeated Mesa State 3-0 at Walker Field for Rangers’ seventh consecutive win. More importantly, it keeps Regis’ hopes of winning the RMAC regular-season title alive.
“We needed to play one of our best games of the season and we played our worst game of the season today,” Mesa State coach Erin Sharpe said. “Certainly not a lack of effort, but we were not smart soccer players today. We turned it over so often that we were chasing all day long.”
The Mavericks (12-7-1, 7-5-0 RMAC) lost their chance of hosting a first-round RMAC tournament game and an opportunity to move up in the regional rankings. Although Mesa will open the RMAC tournament Wednesday on the road, the Mavs will have a chance to get the attention of the women’s soccer committee with a victory over No. 12-ranked Metro State (14-1-3, 10-0-2 RMAC) at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday at Walker Field.
The Rangers (13-5-0, 10-2-0 RMAC) scored two goals in less than three minutes to build a 2-0 lead less than 20 minutes into the game.
Freshman Jordan Miller put the Rangers’ third attempt in a sequence of shots in the net in the 16th minute, then twin sisters Cassie and Carter Cornett hooked up for a goal in the 18th minute.
“A three-shot sequence earned Jordan the goal,” Regis coach J.B. Belzer said. “The second goal was a diagonal ball on the wing. The keeper comes out and we nicked it around her. I told the girls at halftime the next goal is the killer goal.”
Seven and a half minutes into the second half, Miller scored again on an assist by Lexi Tagen to put the game away.
The Mesa State men may not be playing for a tournament berth, but defeating Regis sure felt good.
The Mavericks scored twice to avenge a frustrating loss in a lightning delayed game to the Rangers earlier this season with a 2-0 victory over Regis at Walker Field.
“It feels great, especially against these guys,” redshirt freshman Andy Cornia said. “We felt like we outplayed them, but couldn’t score. That’s been the story all year. Tonight, we put away a couple of opportunities and got the job done. That’s all that matters.”
Cornia scored the second goal with five minutes left to put the game away. It was assisted by Reese Kegans.
“I give all the credit to Reese,” Cornia said. “All I had to do was tap it in from what three feet away.”
Sam Dixon gave Mesa State (10-9-0, 6-7-0 RMAC) a 1-0 lead with a goal from 23 yards outs on an assist by Eric Anderson in the 29th minute.