Mesa women’s soccer team falls short at Western State

Western State Colorado University scored two goals in the final 15 minutes to defeat the Colorado Mesa women’s soccer team 3-1 on Wednesday afternoon in Gunnison.

It was the Mountaineers’ first victory over Mesa in the program’s brief history. This is Western State’s second season.

The Mavericks (6-9, 5-6 RMAC) are fifth in the RMAC standings with three games left. The top six teams qualify for the RMAC tournament. Mesa is not ranked in the first NCAA South Central Region poll, which was released Wednesday.

Western State (6-8-1, 3-7-1 RMAC) is tied with Adams State and Regis for seventh, three points behind New Mexico Highlands.

Elise Boisnard scored the go-ahead goal in the 78th minute, then assisted the insurance goal in the 88th minute. Sam Braun scored Western State’s final goal.

Sadie Stark gave the Mountaineers a 1-0 lead with a header, assisted by Elyza Montano, in the 12th minute. It was Stark’s first goal of the season. The Mountaineers held on to the one-goal lead until the second half.

Mesa’s Monica Carlos scored the equalizer on an assist from Ashley Wallace in the 70th minute.

Western State took 15 shots, including nine on goal. The Mavericks took 18 shots, with nine on goal.

Mesa goalkeeper Sarah Schnetzler made six saves. Western goalkeeper Meghan Jedrzejewski had eight saves.

Colorado Mesa plays at 7 p.m. Friday at New Mexico Highlands.


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