Mesa State soccer roundup, Sept. 26, 2009

Men’s Soccer

Instead of building off its first win of the season, the Mesa State College men’s soccer team took a big step back.

Fort Lewis, ranked 9th in the nation, routed Mesa State 8-0 on Friday night at Walker Field. It was the most lopsided loss in the program’s three-year history.

“We didn’t come out to play,” Mesa State coach Josh Pittman said. “We came out scared. We came out lacking fight and any desire to win. You can’t do that against this team. This team is too good to do that.”

The Skyhawks (6-1-0, 3-0-0 RMAC) took 26 shots, including 13 on goal.

Mesa State (1-6-1, 1-2-0 RMAC) managed only four shots, one on goal.

“Since Mesa’s been in operation as a program, Josh has done a great job here,” Fort Lewis coach Oige Kennedy said. “It’s always a difficult place to come. They held Mines to 1-0 here and Mines was a top-10 team at the time. We certainly didn’t overlook these guys. They’re always going to be well-organized. We got the breaks early on and took our goals. We finished our chances early.”

Fort Lewis dominated from the start.

The Skyhawks scored in the 12th minutes as the crowd was still showing up when Fabian Kling put the ball in the net in traffic off an assist by Tom Settle.

Berekk Blackwell gave the Skyhawks a 2-0 lead on a shot from the right corner that went off Mesa goalkeeper Josh Tinaglia’s hands at 24:35.

Seven minutes later, Mesa State was whistled for a foul a few yards outside the penalty box. Settle curved the free kick over the wall and into the left corner in the 31st minute for a 3-0 lead.

Pittman replaced Tinaglia in goal for the second half with sophomore Billy Martinez.

“Billy is a strong keeper,” Pittman said. “He worked hard in practice and earned the right to play. Sometimes you have to protect the assets. We have a huge game on Sunday and were hoping some changes would fire people up and obviously it didn’t.”

Fort Lewis continued to pepper the Mavericks’ goal, missing wide left and hitting the crossbar on a header attempt.

“The great thing is we’re getting goals from everywhere,” Kennedy said. “It’s not just one player. It’s very hard to stop when you have three or four scoring goals.”

The Skyhawks found the net 26:34 into the second half when David Barden scored on a cross from Dimo Krymanidis.

That started a string of five goals in less than 19 minutes.

Joe Barnd scored on an assist by Krymanidis at 72:33 then Thomas Hoang scored on an assist by Barnd at 75:51.

Krymanidis, who assisted three goals, missed an opportunity to score on a penalty kick with 4:38 left, but assisted Abdel Becerra’s goal with 1:20 left. Hoang scored again with five seconds left from 35 yards out as Martinez misplayed the shot.

Women’s Soccer

Mesa State snapped a two-game losing streak with a 2-0 victory over the Colorado Christian in Lakewood.

Natali Koen scored in the 33rd minute on an assist from Dany Ramirez, then Kelci Crispe added a goal on an assist by Kira Brannan in the 53rd minute.

That was enough for Mesa goalkeepers Julia Rasmussen and Kaitlin Bennett, who combined for four saves. It was the Mavericks’ fourth shutout victory of the season.

The Mavericks (6-3-0, 3-2-0 RMAC) took 17 shots, 10 on goal.


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