Mesa State women blank Adams State on soccer field
Maverick men are shut out again
The Mesa State College women’s soccer team is still feeling the effects of traveling and playing seven games in 14 days, but Friday, the Mavericks found a way to win.
Two days after losing 5-1 to Dixie State (Utah) College, Mesa State rebounded with a victory.
The Mavericks (9-5-0, 4-3-0 RMAC) defeated Adams State 2-0 in an RMAC game at Walker Field.
“This win was important because we did so poorly on Wednesday,” Mesa State senior Kylie Kegans said. “We needed an uplifting game to get our confidence back.
“I feel good about it, but Sunday is the big game (at Fort Lewis). This was a stepping stone. We need a lot more effort and intensity.”
The forward broke a scoreless game with a goal assisted by Dany Ramirez in the 63rd minute. It was Kegans’ second goal of the season.
“It felt good,” Kegans said. “I’ve been out a couple weeks with turf toe. Today was the longest, most consistent time I’ve been out there since we last played Fort Lewis (nearly three weeks ago).”
The Mavericks held on to the 1-0 lead until the 84th minute, when sophomore midfielder Natalie Koen booted in a rebound.
Mesa State dominated play with 25 shots, 12 on goal, but didn’t finish as well as it wanted. Kegans and freshman Alyssa Michel led the Mavs with five shots each.
“We’re making headway in terms of creating more chances,” Mesa State coach Erin Sharpe said.
“We still need to do a better job capitalizing on them.
“We had the advantage, but we kept them in it because we weren’t making smart enough decisions in the attacking third. We were much more organized today, which kept us in the game despite not capitalizing on opportunities.”
The Mavericks rarely let the ball past midfield, with Adams State (1-13-0, 0-7-0 RMAC) taking three shots, two on goal. Mesa State goalkeeper Kaitlin Bennett saved both chances.
“We were much more organized defensively in the midfield,” Sharpe said. “That’s where we were struggling in terms of losing 50-50 balls. That’s where we stepped up today.”
The Colorado School of Mines handed No. 25 Mesa State it’s fourth consecutive loss and third consecutive shutout in the Orediggers’ 2-0 victory at Walker Field.
“Mesa is a really good team,” Mines coach Frank Kohlenstein said. “Josh has them organized. We saw them play on Monday (at Regis). Our guys were up for the game. We know Mesa has a good team.”
The Mavericks (7-6-0, 3-4-0 RMAC) held Mines scoreless until the 64th minute, when Cale Haas scored on a pass from Ted Decker. The Orediggers’ Max Nevermann put in an attempt that ricochetted back to him in the 87th minute.
“We look tired out there,” Mesa State coach Josh Pittman said. “We were sluggish. We’re playing our best soccer on Wednesday. It’s my fault we’re not better prepared.”
Mines (6-4-2, 4-1-2 RMAC) had 12 shots, including seven on goal. Mesa State goalkeeper Josh
Tinaglia made five saves.
“Both teams didn’t have very many chances,” Kohlenstein said. “I think we had a territorial advantage, but neither team had a lot of (scoring) chances. Both teams played well defensively. Any given night, it could go either way.”
The Orediggers limited Mesa State to seven shots, including four on goal. Mines goalkeeper Zach Kimball made all four saves.
“Mines is a good team,” Pittman said. “We ran around like we were tired. We didn’t create anything.
“If we play like this (Sunday at No. 3 Fort Lewis), they’ll beat us by five goals. We are in a rut right now. No one is stepping up and getting us out of it.”
Corinne Cascioppo and Alisan Tompkins went toe-to-toe with Jeri Walkowiak and Chelsie Carson in Friday night’s RMAC match.
The Mavericks’ outside hitters combined for 31 kills, just like Nebraska-Kearney’s big hitters, but Mesa State committed nine more hitting errors in a 25-16, 28-26, 24-26, 25-18 loss to the 10th-ranked Lopers.
The Mavericks nearly pulled out the second game. Tied 26-26 after a Kearney serving error, Mesa State gave up points on back-to-back hitting errors.
The Mavericks (8-9, 6-4 RMAC), got 20 kills from Cascioppo and 11 from Tompkins, with Jessica Bird adding nine.
Ashley Loftsgard had 20 digs for the Mavs, who play at Chadron State tonight.