Mesa State soccer beats CSU-Pueblo
They prevented each other from making the RMAC playoffs last year and neither the Mesa State College Mavericks nor CSU-Pueblo ThunderWolves are happy about it.
The men’s soccer teams met under the lights Friday night in each team’s RMAC opener in front of a nearly packed Mesa State Stadium. This time, the Mavericks didn’t settle for a tie, defeating CSU-Pueblo 2-0.
“I think this is becoming a rivalry,” Mesa State goalkeeper Josh Tinaglia said. “There is a little bit of anger from last season.”
Six yellow cards were issued in the contest.
Sophomore forward Reese Kegans scored one of the goals on a header, assisted by stopper Tim Lynn on a free kick 52 seconds into the second half to give the Mavericks a 2-0 lead.
“We do it all the time in practice,” Kegans said. “Come game time, you’ve got to put it away. I’ve got to get underneath the ball. Headers are my favorite part.”
From there, Tinaglia faced more challenges from the ThunderWolves and answered all of them except one.
Lynn was there to make a kick save on the one Tinaglia was out of position for.
“It was a very important win,” Mesa State coach Josh Pittman said. “Pueblo is tough. Josh Tinaglia played well in goal. Tim Lynn played great in back. We didn’t posses the ball like I wanted to, but I’m happy to get the win.”
Tinaglia made 7 saves on 15 shots. Mesa State had 11 shots.
“We concentrated on (Robert Kinsey) all week,” Tinaglia said. “They are good with the free kicks. We kept them out wide. They are good attacking up the middle.
“We work so well together. We started to mesh the past couple of games, but we still have things to work on.”
Eric Anderson gave the Mavericks an early 1-0 lead with a goal assisted by Sam Dixon in the 28th minute.
Colorado School of Mines junior Kayla Mitchell scored two goals to lead the Orediggers to a 2-1 RMAC victory over the Mavericks.
The forward took advantage of two Mesa State turnovers and converted them into goals and Mines goalkeeper Briana Schulze held off Mesa, making eight saves.
“They applied their speed up top,” Mesa State coach Erin Sharpe said. “In terms of our possessions, I was pleased how we knocked the ball around, but our attacking third missed that spark.”
“Their two goals were not only a player with good ability, but we made two defensive mistakes and they capitalized.”
The Mavericks (3-1-0, 0-1-0 RMAC) produced 17 shots. Alyssa Michel had five of them, including the goal in the 36th minute to tie the game 1-1.
Mitchell scored on a turnover in the 9th minute then scored the game winner in the 55th minute.