Mavericks turn on jets, make early lead hold up in victory against Metro
There was no waiting around Sunday — the Colorado Mesa women’s soccer team took the game to Metro State and was rewarded with a 2-0 victory over the third-place team in the RMAC.
With jets from the Grand Junction Air Show soaring over Walker Field, redshirt freshman Zoe Peterson scored her first collegiate goal 10½ minutes into the game after Alexis Allard headed the ball in front of the Roadrunners’ goal off a long pass, giving Peterson her scoring chance.
Peterson drilled the ball past the keeper to help the Mavericks (6-4-0, 3-2-0 RMAC) take control after they gave up a man-down goal Friday night in the final five minutes in a 1-0 loss to Regis.
Heidi Wendt, after several long runs down the right side of the field trying to set up teammates for an insurance goal, took advantage of a change in possession in the second half.
Mackenzie King sent a long pass down the middle of the field and Wendt ran onto the bouncing ball. She had a one-on-one opportunity against Metro keeper Erica Torres and settled the ball just enough to skip it into the net.
The Roadrunners (5-5-0, 4-2-0) had a couple of chances to score in the final 11 minutes, but CMU freshman keeper Emily Signorio turned them away.
She caught a long chip shot with 10:11 to play, and kept the shutout intact when Regina Banks took a through ball and had a 1-on-1 against Signorio, who dove to her left and punched the ball away with three minutes to play.
Mesa’s defense helped keep the Roadrunners from getting good shots at Signorio, who made five saves for her second shutout of the season. Metro took 10 shots, CMU a dozen, with half of each team’s chances on net.
Matthew Miller’s header 11 minutes into the second half broke a 1-1 tie and the Mavericks added another for a 3-1 victory over South Dakota Mines.
Trentin Atkin scored off Kevin Del Mazo’s corner kick, which he sent to the center of the box, at the 21:42 mark, for a 1-0 lead.
Just before halftime, CMU keeper Briley Guarneri punched a shot away from the goal, but Sterling McKenzie came in for the rebound and got it past Guarneri to tie the game at halftime.
Moshe Perez, who got the assist on Miller’s header, gave CMU (8-1-1, 4-1-1 RMAC) an insurance goal, with Miller feeding him 20 minutes after the two teamed up to break the tie.
Mesa controlled the game, taking 18 shots, seven on goal, and the defense kept the Hardrockers (3-4-2, 2-4-0) at bay, allowing a half-dozen shots, only two on goal.