Mesa men’s soccer team remains 5th after tie
A win in the final game of the regular season Sunday at Colorado School of Mines would help the Colorado Mesa University men’s soccer team’s chances to host a first-round game in the RMAC tournament.
The Mavericks tied CSU-Pueblo 1-1 in double overtime Friday and is in fifth place in the conference, one point behind Metro State and CU-Colorado Springs.
Colorado Mesa (8-5-4, 6-4-3 RMAC) has 21 points, Metro and UCCS 22 each, with those teams playing each other Sunday.
Six teams qualify for the conference playoffs, with the top two teams receiving first-round byes. The third and fourth seeds host first-round games on Wednesday.
The Mavericks, who have scored only two goals in their past five games, got on the board Friday when Tim Hofer gathered in a loose ball at the top of the box and scored at the 61:54 mark.
With less than 10 minutes to play, though, the ThunderWolves (6-7-5, 4-5-5) tied the game when Jack Gonzales took a ball sent into the goal box by Matt Marchena and scored.
In the first five minutes of the first overtime period, the Mavs’ Stevie Palma had two scoring chances. His first shot was blocked, and his second, at the 95:30 mark, hit the post.
The physical game drew 35 total fouls, 21 against CSU-Pueblo, and seven yellow cards, five against the ThunderWolves (6-7-5, 4-5-5), whose season ended with the tie.
A 2-0 loss to CSU-Pueblo ended Mesa’s chances to host a conference tournament match.
The Mavs (9-5-3, 6-5-2 RMAC) are currently the No. 6 team in the conference with one game to play, Sunday at Colorado Mines.
Like the men, the women’s conference tournament has six teams, with the top two seeds drawing first-round byes.
Colorado Mesa has 20 points, six points behind Fort Lewis and Metro State.
CSU-Pueblo’s Amanda Jorgensen took three shots Friday and scored on two of them in a six-minute span in the second half.
The loss also hurt Colorado Mesa’s chances to move up in the regional rankings — six teams reach the South Central Region tournament, and the Mavericks are ranked eighth.