Mesa soccer teams want to keep making improvements

It’s been a good start to the season for the Mesa State College men’s and women’s soccer teams, but the coaches of both programs are looking for more as they begin RMAC play this weekend.

The men (3-1-0) received their first national ranking last week, but dropped out this week with their first loss of the season last weekend. They rebounded to split the road trip 1-1.

“We’re playing OK,” Mesa State coach Josh Pittman said. “We’re still trying to click on all cylinders. Our midfielders have been the strength of the team.”

The women (3-0-0) won two games on the road last weekend, but coach Erin Sharpe said the Mavericks are still learning.

“It’s tough to dictate where we are after being on the road,” she said. “We’re not on top of our game. We’re still learning how to read each other. We’re getting a lot better.”

Men’s Soccer

Last week: Mont. State-Billings defeated Mesa 3-0; Mesa defeated Mary 4-0.
Friday: CSU-Pueblo (2-2-0) vs. Mesa State (3-1-0), 7 p.m., Mesa State Stadium

CSU-Pueblo is averaging 3 goals and 15.75 shots a game, led by redshirt freshman Robert Kinsey, with seven goals in four games.

“They are disciplined, strong and fast. The only thing they were missing was a person to put the ball in the net. This year, they have that kid. This could be a swing game.” — Pittman.

Sunday: CU-Colorado Springs (3-2-0) vs. Mesa State, 1 p.m., Mesa State Stadium

The Mountain Lions have 15 newcomers and 20 underclassmen under new coach Henry Ellis.

“They have a great new coach from the Virginia Military Institute that is disciplined. We hear they have better players, too.” — Pittman.

Women’s Soccer

Last week: Mesa State defeated Minn.-Duluth 2-1 and Northern State 2-1.

Friday: Colorado School of Mines (1-1-1) vs. Mesa State (3-0-0), 4 p.m., Mesa State Stadium

The Orediggers are averaging 20 shots a game with a .517 shots on goal percentage, led by Kayla Mitchell with three goals.

“They are definitely an offensive threat and their defense has been staunchy, too.” — Sharpe.

Sunday: Mesa State at CU-Colorado Springs (2-0-1), 1 p.m.

The Mountain Lions’ first-year program with eight college transfers haven’t allowed a goal this season with George Washington University transfer Amie Kern in goal.

“Although they are a first-year program, it is totally deceiving. They have a lot of seasoned players. It’s going to be a huge challenge. They’ll be a contender.” — Sharpe.


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