Mesa men frustrated by tie with Regis
Usually a team is happy when they can match up well against a nationally ranked opponent.
The Mesa State men’s soccer team isn’t one of those teams.
As they filed off the field Friday afternoon after a 0-0 draw with No. 17 Regis, the Mavericks were frustrated.
“We should have beaten this team,” forward Steve Shaw said. “We were out of it. We weren’t focused. We didn’t play our game. We didn’t do what we were supposed to do.”
Instead, the Mavs played in a way that left them relying heavily on their midfielders and defensemen. Although possession through the middle third was good, Mesa faltered in early approaches to the goal.
“I don’t know what it was,” Mesa State coach Josh Pittman said. “Maybe it was the time we played. Maybe we didn’t get our legs loose. Maybe the mentality wasn’t there but we weren’t sharp in our warm-up and it carried over to the game.”
But what the offense lacked, the defensive line of Alex Mattevi, Jake Jobe, Mitchell Reid and Bashiru Ali and goalie Chris Raines made up for.
“They’ve been doing a great job all year,” Pittman said of his defense.
Both teams had late chances to score. A corner kick by Regis’ Keegan Bast in the 65th minute was nearly put in by teammate Kyle Emge, but went wide left. The Rangers’ Ben Buhler had a chance with 19:20 left in the second after a steal from Marco Escobar, but his shot missed.
In the 60th minute, the Mavs lost midfielder Ben Medina when he aggravated a knee injury that set him back last year. Pittman was unsure of Medina’s status for Sunday’s game against Metro State.
Metro State scored early in the second half and held on for a 1-0 victory over Mesa State.
Aleah DeGeneres scored on an assist from Ashley Nemmers in the 14th minute of the second half.
The 11th-ranked Roadrunners (9-1-1, 5-1-1 RMAC) took 12 shots, five on goal.
Mesa State (4-6-2, 2-5-1 RMAC) took 10 shots, three on goal.
Mesa State goalkeeper Alicia Kahler made four saves.
The Mesa State men and women each defeated Colorado Christian in a nonconference dual at Canyon View Park.
The Mesa men (3-2) won all six singles matches in straight sets, giving up no more than five games in a match. Mesa won two matches by default.
Jaco Gerbrands defeated Matt Cooper 6-0, 6-3 at No. 1 singles. Brason Hollabaugh defeated Drew Goobrian 6-3, 6-0 at No. 2 singles.
The Mesa women (5-1) swept the doubles and won four of six singles matches.
Victoria Sargent and Kate Lowder won 8-4 at No. 1 doubles, then each won their singles match in straight sets.
The Mesa women followed their win over the Cougars with a 6-3 victory over Dixie State.
The Mavericks swept the three doubles matches and split the six singles matches.
Kaitlin Sera, Ali Grush and Skyler Nelson won singles matches for the Mavs.
Swimming & Diving
Mesa State’s Andy Gibbons set a school and pool record in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 59.82 seconds, but finished third to lead the men’s team in the Inter-Mountain Shootout at El Pomar Natatorium.
Katie Wedel led the Mesa women’s team with a first-place finish in the 1,650 freestyle. She finished with a meet record of 18 minutes, 29.37 seconds.
The Shootout continues at 10 a.m. today.