Mavs blank CCU
In a game where they dominated possession and only allowed one shot on goal during the first half, Colorado Mesa cruised to a 1-0 win Friday night over Colorado Christian at Walker Field.
The Mavericks honored their four graduating seniors, Arielle Harris, Sophia Whigham, Sara Islas and Kelly Parkhurst.
“We play all year for the seniors because we all know we’re all going to be in that boat someday and we want them to go out on a high note,” coach Erin Sharpe said. “This is just the night we chose to dedicate to them.”
If the Mavericks, who clinched a playoff spot with the win, beat CU-Colorado Springs on Sunday, they force a three-way tie for fourth in the RMAC standings that they would win.
“It’s in our hands Sunday,” Parkhurst said. “It’d be great for our momentum heading into the regional playoffs to get the win Sunday and host that first playoff game.”
Daniella Salinas notched the only goal for the Mavericks on their first shot on goal, 9 minutes, 13 seconds into the game.
She scored her team-leading fourth goal from 25 yards out.
CMU continued to dominate possession in the second half, and switched to a more conservative approach offensively to protect its one-goal lead.
“We did a great job connecting passes tonight,” Sharpe said. “We maintained possession well and our back line stayed organized.”
Kaitlynn Holt nearly put the Mavericks up 2-0 in the 60th minute when she chipped the Mavericks’ only shot on goal of the second half to the right side of the net. CCU junior goalkeeper Caitlyn Moses misplayed the ball, but recovered quickly enough to pull the ball off the goal line.
Harris saved the game in the 77th minute. After a Maverick foul, Harris punched a free kick out of the penalty box inches before it reached a CCU attacker’s head to preserve the 1-0 victory.
“We got defenders involved in the offense along the outside tonight,” Parkhurst said. “We pushed up the field well and did a good job getting everyone involved.”
After dropping two close games to Western New Mexico, the Mavericks’ attack fell apart in a 3-0 loss at Brownson Arena.
Colorado Mesa (9-16, 4-11 RMAC) fell one game behind tonight’s opponent, New Mexico Highlands, in a 25-22 25-21, 25-13 loss. Highlands knocked off Fort Lewis 3-0 on Friday night.
The Mavericks made 10 more hitting errors than kills in the third game. Each team had 32 kills in the match, but the Mustangs (13-11, 9-6) had 13 hitting errors to the Mavs’ 30.
Rebecca Sellers and Kelly Regimbal each had eight kills.