Escobar brothers bringing more offense to Mavs
When you’ve played the game with your brothers growing up, you develop a rare bond.
Brothers Marco, Kevin and Nestor Escobar have a chemistry on the soccer field that is unmatched.
“It’s fun,” Marco said. “I know how they play. They know how I play. It’s awesome.”
The brothers’ connection translated to success at the high school level and already is making a difference for the Colorado Mesa University men’s team this fall.
The Escobar brothers have scored or created five of the Mavericks six goals through four games this season. Kevin scored two goals and was pulled down for a penalty kick in the first game. Nestor has one goal, and Marco has one goal.
“They are very skillful and very intelligent and very athletic,” CMU coach Josh Pittman said. “They are three of the most intelligent players we have on the team. You put intelligence into skill players and you have some exciting things happening. They can all pass and score. They read each other very well.”
The Mavericks (2-1-1) are off to a much better start than a year ago, when it took six games to record their first victory. Colorado Mesa plays its home opener at 7 p.m. Friday against defending NCAA Division II national champion Fort Lewis (3-1-0) at Walker Field. Colorado Christian (1-3-0) visits at noon Sunday.
No. 22 Fort Lewis, which also won the RMAC title last year, saw it’s 13-game win streak, including the run to win the national title, come to an end last weekend.
“We’ve got to play (the Skyhawks) twice anyway,” Pittman said. “I’d rather play them early now, before they get rolling. A lot of times they get in a groove and play tough. Our conference top to bottom is so tough. For us, it’s another game in the RMAC and we’ve got to find ways to get points.”
Mesa faces the Skyhawks with a lot more confidence this year after opening the season with two road wins, including one over nationally ranked Northeastern (Okla.) State University last weekend.
The Escobars are a big reason.
The brothers grew up playing soccer in the neighborhood streets of Edwards before the family moved down the road to Gypsum. Despite being in ski country, they didn’t ski much because of the expense.
Marco is a junior midfielder. Kevin and Nestor are freshmen midfielders and identical twins.
“On the field, we know where we are,” Nestor said. “If I pass the ball, I know where he is without looking. We have good chemistry between us.”
Kevin and Nestor are playing with Marco again for the fist time in two years.
“We know how each other plays,” Marco said. “We grew up playing with each other. They have a more similar style playing with each other than me because they’ve been playing together for so long.”
That familiarity makes it easier to score goals, often a difficult task against a solid defense.
“It makes a great difference,” Kevin said. “We connect with each other and move for each other. It makes the game more simpler.”
Their bond made it an easy choice for Kevin and Nestor to follow Marco to Colorado Mesa.
“It’s close to home. We can go home when we can, and our parents can come and visit,” Marco said.
“It was the only option I wanted,” Nestor said. “I already knew Pittman from before, and I liked how he coached.”