Poor clearing attempt hurts Mesa men’s soccer team in OT loss
A clearing attempt by Colorado Mesa’s men’s soccer team was deflected in the second overtime Friday night and gave Fort Hays State the opening it needed for a 1-0 victory at Walker Field.
Michael Cole slipped the only goal of the game just inside the near post 6 minutes, 41 seconds into the second overtime.
Cole had a chance to win the game in regulation for the Tigers (2-1), but his shot with 6½ minutes remaining sailed wide.
Nestor Escobar and Kevin Escobar had back-to-back shots late in the second half for the Mavericks (1-2). Nestor’s shot was saved by Jacon Babyak at the 74:42 mark. Just more than 30 seconds later, Kevin’s shot went high. It was the final shot the Mavericks had in the game.
Fort Hays attempted the only shot of the first overtime, a header off a corner kick at the 98:37 mark that was wide. CMU failed to get a shot in either overtime.
The Mavericks claimed their first win of the season, 2-0 at Texas-Permian Basin.
Veronica Rodriguez scored a goal in the first half and assisted on another in the second for Colorado Mesa (1-2), which allowed only seven shots, four on goal.
Rodriguez took a cross from the middle of the box from Tayler Franklin and scored from the left wing 28 minutes into the game. She fed Isa Revelle midway though the second half from the right side of the box. Revelle’s shot deflected off Permian Basin keeper Bridget Esquivel for the goal.
The Mavericks kept Esquivel busy, peppering her with 28 shots, 15 on goal.
Melissa Hess dominated play in the middle for Colorado Mesa in the I.C. Bhakta Tournament at New Mexico Highlands, sweeping St. Edward’s University and Eastern New Mexico.
Hess had a .429 hitting percentage in the Mavericks’ 25-18, 25-12, 25-21 victory over St. Edward’s, then made only two hitting errors against Eastern New Mexico and hit .778 in a 25-18, 25-17, 25-20 win.
Abby Ney hit .467 against St. Edward’s with nine kills. Hess finished with 12 kills and Christian Otzen 11 in the first match, with Otzen adding 11 digs and Sunni Rae Baird 14.
Against Eastern, Otzen had nine kills, Erin Perez eight and Ney, Hess and Audrey Steinkirchner seven each.
“Basically in both matches if we did what we could do, we could control it, and that’s what we did,” CMU coach Dave Fleming said. “Sometimes we weren’t perfect and let them squeeze back, but 2-0, 6-0, we’ll take it.”