Mavericks protest tough loss against Cal State Stanislaus
After losing the season opener on a disputed header in overtime Saturday, the Colorado Mesa men’s soccer team notched its first win of the season Monday, 2-0 at Northwest Nazarene in Nampa, Idaho.
The Mavericks are protesting Saturday’s 1-0 overtime loss to Cal State Stanislaus, coach Josh Pittman said.
“First protest in my coaching career,” he said. “They had a throw-in and they called for a substitution. They threw the ball in and the horn went off, so we kind of stopped. The ref yelled ‘play on’ as they were dribbling into our goal box, so we chased after them and tackled the ball and it goes out of bounds.
“The rule is, and I didn’t know this, but the horn can’t go off during play. The ref did not address it. They get a corner kick and scored and I’m going crazy on the referee because it’s not right.
“We got the rule book out and it says you can’t have the horn go off during play. It should have gone back to a throw-in.”
Pittman said the NCAA has accepted the Mavericks’ request to protest and it’s now up to review. If the Mavs win the protest, the game would end in a 0-0 tie.
“We’re hoping for that,” Pittman said. “It was a good game and it didn’t deserve to end that way.”
Monday, Michael Bagheri scored late in the first half on a free kick, and Stan Schrock took a cross from Kevin Escobar and bounced in an insurance goal 18 minutes into the second half.
“About six or seven minutes left in the half we drew a free kick at the top of the box and Michael put in a beautiful shot and scored,” Pittman said.
In the second half, Pittman sent in Escobar, who hadn’t played because of an injury, and quickly turned the game.
“Right away he changed the game. He dribbled by a couple of guys and crossed on a set piece,” Pittman said. “Stan came running in and scored. It was beautiful. That made it two-nothing and gave us some breathing room.”
Caleb Ealey made three saves and Blake Carlson led Mesa’s defense from the center-back position, controlling the game after the Mavs took the two-goal lead.
“He was a monster all weekend,” Pittman said. “He was just flat-out dominating.”
Loren Forney shot an even-par 72 on Sunday in the final round of the CSU-Pueblo Invitational at Desert Hawk Golf Course in Pueblo West, the first RMAC tournament of the fall.
Forney’s 152 was good for seventh place and led Colorado Mesa to a fifth-place finish at 644.
CSU-Pueblo won the team title on its home course with a 302 on Sunday for a 607 final score. Hee-Leina Kim, the RMAC preseason player of the year, won the individual title for the ThunderWolves, shooting a 69 for a 142, two strokes ahead of Glory Jangthongsiri of West Texas A&M.
Mesa’s Sara Swaney tied for eighth at 153, Zoe Woodworth tied for 32nd at 168, Taylor Walters placed 36th with a 172 and Rachel Cavalier tied for 46th with a 177.