Mavericks unsatisfied despite earning 5th win
The Mesa State College men’s soccer team will take the win, but it kind of feels like stealing.
The Mavericks scored two early goals and held on for their fifth victory, defeating the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs 2-1 in a RMAC game on Sunday at Mesa State Stadium. The Mavericks (5-1-0, 2-0-0 RMAC) didn’t win their fifth game until October 14 last year and finished 7-6-4 in their first season in school history.
“We’re not happy with our play today,” senior Eric Anderson said. “We haven’t played to our potential yet, but we’re winning and that’s the plus side.
“We can link up more passes than we did. We’d have three to four passes then a turnover. I’m glad we’re winning, but if we keep playing like we are, I’m not sure how we’ll do.”
UCCS (2-4-0, 0-2-0 RMAC) lost for the fourth time in its last five games under new coach Henry Ellis.
Anderson scored the all important first goal, his fifth of the season, at 11:18 from the top of the penalty box.
“I was dribbling the ball across the 18-yard (penalty) box and saw an opening,” Anderson said. “I didn’t think it would go in. It’s good to start with the first goal of the game.”
Three minutes later, sophomore Jake Jobe scored on a header off a corner kick from Sam Dixon for a 2-0 lead.
“That’s pretty textbook,” Jobe said. “Sam and I have played together since we were 4 years old. We’re in each other’s heads almost.”
The Mountain Lions cut the deficit in half at 33:52 when Matt Friesen tipped in a goal off a pass from Jeff Bettner.
The two teams took as many shots in the second half as they did in the first half but neither team was able to get the ball past the goalkeeper.
Mesa had 16 shots to 14 for UCCS for the game.
Mesa goalkeeper Josh Tinaglia made 6 saves. UCCS keeper Adam Liszewski had 5 saves.
The Mavericks scored two goals within 10 seconds of each other to defeat the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs 2-0 on Sunday in Colorado Springs.
It was the first shutout victory of the season for Mesa State (4-1-0, 1-1-0 RMAC).
Daniela Ramirez scored her fourth goal of the season on a header assisted by Katrina Hartfield at 15:25 then Alyssa Michel netted her second goal with an assist by Kylie Kegans at 15:35.
“Both of our goals were outstanding goals,” Mesa State coach Erin Sharpe. “We had good plays leading up to them. The second half ... let’s just say we have something to build upon. It was not quite as clean.”
Mesa State goalkeepers Kaitlin Bennett and Julie Rasmussen combined to keep the 2-0 lead in tact the rest of the way. Bennett made five saves in 52 minutes and Rasmussen had one save in 38 minutes.
UCCS (2-2-1, 0-2-0 RMAC) had 14 shots. It was the second consecutive game the Mountain Lions gave up two goals after senior goalkeeper Amie Kern didn’t allow a goal in UCCS’ first three games.