Mavericks’ men’s soccer team strikes early in shutout of ThunderWolves
Fans hadn’t even settled into their seats Friday night before the Colorado Mesa men’s soccer team found the back of the net.
Only one minute, 27 seconds into the Mavericks’ 3-0 RMAC victory over CSU-Pueblo, Malik Mennana and Moshe Perez played a two-man game, with Mennana finishing for his third goal of the season.
The Mavericks (9-1-1, 5-1-1 RMAC) scored again at the 9:02 mark, with Matthew Miller finishing a rebounded shot by Perez. Mennana capped the scoring in the 28th minute when he blasted a 30-yarder past the ThunderWolves’ keeper, Erich Frey, who gave up all three goals and was replaced in the second half.
From there, it was up to the defense, which allowed only three shots on goal to Pueblo (2-8-1, 2-4-1 RMAC), and Briley Guarneri recorded his sixth shutout of the season and his ninth win in goal.
A long shot caromed off the hands of keeper Emily Signorio, giving Colorado Christian a 1-0 victory over the Mavericks at Walker Field.
Only 12 minutes into the game, the Cougars (4-6-1, 1-4-1 RMAC) sent a long ball toward midfield, and Maddison Hogan’s shot from 50 yards out was deflected by Signorio, but it bounced into the net, and the Mavericks couldn’t find the net despite taking 16 shots, four coming in the first 10 minutes.
Reed Jacobson’s ace gave Colorado Mesa a 27-26 lead in the pivotal third set against CSU-Pueblo, helping the Mavericks outlast the ThunderWolves 20-25, 25-18, 29-27, 25-22 at Massari Arena.
MacKenzie Edwards had 15 kills and 14 digs, Katie Scherr had 14 kills and 16 digs, and Natalee Todd added 14 kills for the Mavericks (11-4, 5-2 RMAC).
Jacobson didn’t record a kill, but she had 10 digs and the big ace off the bench.
Libero Taylor Woods had 22 digs and Sam Ritter dished out 53 assists.
The CMU men’s team swept Colorado Christian 9-0, winning all of the singles matches in straight sets, but lost a 5-4 decision to Metro State in the CMU Duals.
The women split matches, beating Colorado Christian 7-2 but losing 9-0 to Metro.
Lucas Martin claimed a 6-0, 6-2 victory at No. 1 singles over Ryder Searle of CCU and Will Agrittley taking a 6-2, 6-0 victory at No. 2 against Nic Hoime.
The women’s team won two of the three doubles matches, then got 6-3, 6-1 wins at No. 1 singles from Kristen Kirby and No. 2 singles from Emily Beckley against the Cougars.
Swimming & DIVING
Kelsey Vreeman won the women’s 3-meter diving title in the Colorado Mesa Intermountain Shootout at El Pomar Natatorium.
Junior Sage D’Ambrosia placed fourth on the men’s 1-meter board.
Chris Radomski was edged in the men’s 50-yard butterfly by Steffen Mount of Air Force, touching the wall in 22.72 seconds, just behind Mount’s 22.62.
Sky Hirsch (21.15) and Radomski (21.34) placed fifth and sixth, respectively, in the men’s 50-yard freestyle and Eric Berg was fifth in the 100 backstroke (53.04). Freshman Torsten Rau finished fourth in the men’s 1,650 freestyle in 16 minutes, 47.57 seconds.
Sierra Forbord tied for third in the women’s 50-yard butterfly in 25.79 seconds, the same time as Elisa Hart of Air Force.