Mesa men’s soccer team beats Fort Lewis for first time
The Colorado Mesa University men’s soccer team defeated Fort Lewis College for the first time in the program’s six-year history with a 2-0 victory Wednesday afternoon at Dirks Field in Durango.
“We played very well,” CMU coach Josh Pittman said. “The boys are very excited about this one. It’s been a long time coming. They deserved to win and won. It felt really good to pull this one out.”
The Mavericks (6-3-1, 4-2 RMAC) limited the defending national champion Skyhawks (6-4-1, 3-3-1 RMAC) to one shot on goal and nine shots total.
“That’s as impressive of a stat as we’ve ever had,” Pittman said. “Our (full)backs played great. They managed everything. Other teams are having trouble scoring on them.”
Mesa goalkeeper Micah Conrads made one save.
Colorado Mesa scored its first goal 2 minutes, 49 seconds into the second half when Marco Escobar scored on an assist from Michael Bagheri.
“We felt if we can score the first goal against Fort Lewis, it would force them into adjustments and unraveling,” Pittman said. “After the goal, Fort Lewis started making adjustments, and it opened up the game for us. We got a bunch of good chances in the end.”
Brandon Burton iced the victory with a goal in the 85th minute. Nestor Escobar assisted.
Colorado Mesa tied Fort Lewis in the Mavericks’ first season and lost the next nine games against the Skyhawks.
Colorado Mines is the only RMAC school remaining that Mesa hasn’t beaten in the program’s history.