Soccer: Mesa men rally past Cougars
The Colorado Mesa University men’s soccer team rallied from a first-half deficit Sunday with three unanswered goals for a 3-1 RMAC win over Colorado Christian at Walker Field.
Roy Abergil found the net twice and Malik Mennana scored the Mavericks’ first goal, with each of Mesa’s goals coming in the second half. The Mavericks (8-1-3, 7-0-1 RMAC), who just missed the NSCAA Division II Top 25 poll this past week, trailed 1-0 at halftime against the Cougars (1-10-0, 1-7-0).
Mennana’s goal in the 50th minute from 18 yards away knotted the score at 1-1, and Abergil gave the Mavs the lead for good with his penalty kick goal in the 72nd minute, then added a second goal — his RMAC-leading 14th of the season — only 6 minutes later off an assist from Mennana.
The Mavs trailed 1-0 going into the second half after CCU’s Blake Goodale headed in a goal 17th minute.
The Mavericks outshot the Cougars 28-6, including 14-1 in shots on goal, but would not score until the second half. Brandon Eide had 11 saves for Colorado Christian.
Seventh-ranked Colorado Mines took the lead for good in the second minute and cruised to a 3-0 victory against Colorado Mesa in Golden.
Jackie Knott, a Glenwood Springs High graduate, scored twice for the Orediggers (11-1-0, 6-1-0). Mesa (5-5-2, 3-3-1) was outshot 12-9 and got multiple early scoring opportunities but was unable to capitalize.
Katelyn Houston had two saves and stepped into goal for starter Janielle Richmond-Buccola in the second half.