Mesa State men’s soccer team hopes to rediscover scoring touch

With three weeks left in the regular season, the Mesa State College soccer teams play some important games this weekend.

The men’s team (7-7-0 3-5-0 RMAC) is trying desperately to end a five-game losing streak, including four consecutive shutouts.

“You want to play when you’re struggling,” Mesa State men’s coach Josh Pittman said. “We’re looking forward to getting away from home.

“We need to create more chances. We’ve been pressing hard to score a goal.”

The Mavericks are in sixth place in the conference with four teams qualifying for the RMAC tournament.

Mesa is not ranked in the regional rankings released this week by the NCAA Division II soccer committee, either. The top four teams in the final regional poll qualify for the NCAA tournament.

The Mesa women (9-6-0, 4-4-0 RMAC), on the other hand, are looking forward to being at home Friday against New Mexico Highlands after two weary weeks on road.

“(Tuesday) was the first real hard training session we’ve had in a couple of weeks,” Mesa State women’s coach Erin Sharpe said. “The others have been recovery sessions. We ran hard and looked good. It’s good to be home at least on Friday.”

The Mavericks are tied for fifth in the RMAC with six teams qualifying for the conference tournament. They are also eighth in the region with six teams qualifying for the NCAA tournament.

Men’s Soccer

Last week: Mesa State was shut out by Colorado School of Mines and Fort Lewis.

Friday: Mesa State (7-7-0, 3-5-0 RMAC) at CU-Colorado Springs (4-7-2, 2-5-1 RMAC), 3 p.m.

“The Mountain Lions are one of the top two most improved teams in the conference. They played us well and took it to Mines.” — Pittman.

Sunday: Mesa State at CSU-Pueblo (8-6-0, 4-4-0 RMAC), 2:30 p.m.

“This game is huge. Each game from here on out is like a playoff game. We’d hold the tiebreaker if we beat them. We need the points.” — Pittman.

Women’s Soccer

Last week: Mesa State defeated Adams State 2-0, but lost to Fort Lewis 2-0.

Friday: New Mexico Highlands (4-8-1, 2-6-0 RMAC) at Mesa State (9-6-0, 4-4-0 RMAC), 7 p.m., Walker Field in a nonconference game.

“They have a good side, but are short-handed because of injuries. They are organized defensively.” — Sharpe.

Sunday: Mesa State at CSU-Pueblo (6-5-1, 4-3-0 RMAC), noon.

“At this point, it’s a very important game. They are a very physical side. A rivalry has developed the past two years. We’re up for the battle.” — Sharpe.


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