Mavs tie Metro despite one-man advantage

Despite being a man up the second half and two overtime periods Friday night, the Colorado Mesa men’s soccer team couldn’t find the back of the net in a 0-0 tie with Metro State.

In the RMAC opener in Denver, the teams fought to a scoreless draw, the second time this season the Mavericks (1-1-3, 0-0-1 RMAC) have settled for a 0-0 tie.

After a red card was issued to Metro State’s Kevin Beck late in the first half, the Mavericks came out aggressive with the man advantage, taking four shots in the in the first 12 minutes of the half.

Metro keeper Hayden Rus, however, saved three of the shots. The fourth was high of the goal.

Mesa finished with a six-shot advantage, and in the second half alone out-shot the Roadrunners (2-2-1, 0-0-1) 10-2. The defense was stellar, with keeper Briley Guarneri needing to make only three saves.

The final 1½minutes of the first half got testy, with Metro fouling Roy Abergil at the 43:36 mark. From that point until the end of the half, four yellow cards, two on each team, and one red card were issued.

Each team took one shot in the first overtime, with Metro’s Tyler Trujillo missing wide right nearly six minutes in, and the Mavericks’ Luis Schraidt missing wide right 30 seconds before the end of the overtime.

Neither team got off a shot in the second overtime — the Mavericks couldn’t convert on Kevin Del Mazo’s corner kick with a little more than two minutes to play.


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